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Monday, June 3, 2019

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile review at Freedom Studios, Bradford – ‘poignant and resonant’ by Francesca Peschier

The playwright Andrea Dunbar – best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, the basis for the 1987 film – died in

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘witty, affectionate and effervescent’ by Francesca Peschier

Stephen Mear’s production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s horror-musical about a bad-ass, bloodthirsty plant paradoxically manages to find something new in

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Peaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her review at Home, Manchester – ‘a horror show’ by Francesca Peschier

The 1990s horror-comedy movie­ Death Becomes Her is a cult masterpiece. Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep play bedazzled zombies fighting it out

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

My Fairfield Lady review at Liverpool Royal Court – ‘funny but flimsy reworking of Pygmalion’ by Francesca Peschier

My Fairfield Lady is the version of Pygmalion the world didn’t know it needed: a cross between Bernard Shaw’s skewering of middle-class

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Wave Me Goodbye review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold – ‘bold and audacious theatre for a young audience’ by Francesca Peschier

Jacqueline Wilson’s books for children often balance fantasy with harsh reality. Wave Me Goodbye doesn’t just depict the threat of the Second World

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Extraordinary Bodies of Aerial Circus by Francesca Peschier

"So how do we talk about the flying body, this body in space?": Francesca Peschier interviews two female circus artists about objectification, challenging beauty norms, and soaring through t…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Vaults Odyssey: Goths Underground by Francesca Peschier

"Bats! Gay bats! Bats in a freaking tunnel!" - Francesca Peschier heads underground in search of the campest, eeriest, and most shiver-inducing shows at Vault Festival. The post Vaults Ody…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: And the Rest of Me Floats at Bush Theatre by Francesca Peschier

'a beautiful messy dance of instructions, rule breaking and expectations': Francesca Peschier writes on the stage directions in Outbox theatre's gloriously queer show, devised from the exper…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vaults Odyssey: Girlhood by Francesca Peschier

Francesca Peschier dives into Vault Festival to find shows that explore girlhood, "like cutting through life with blunted scissors". The post Vaults Odyssey: Girlhood appeared first on Exeun…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: 9 to 5 – The Musical at Savoy Theatre by Francesca Peschier

Diamonds in a rhinestone world: Francesca Peschier writes on Dolly Parton's musical theatre extravaganza. The post Review: 9 to 5 – The Musical at Savoy Theatre appeared first on Exeun…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Yellow Breck Road review at Royal Court Liverpool – ‘a joyous farce’ by Francesca Peschier

Life’s not always easy on Breck Road. Money is tight, Gran is incontinent and sometimes you wish you could click your ruby

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Paula Varjack’s Retail Theatre by Francesca Peschier

As Marie Kondo fever sets in, Paula Varjack explains how her new show The Cult of K*nzo explores the performativeness of shopping. The post Paula Varjack’s Retail Theatre appeared fi…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Kiss Me, Kate review at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield – ‘energetic and vivacious’ by Francesca Peschier

There is much in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate (and its Shakespearean source material for that matter) that does not sit well

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Wizard of Oz review at Storyhouse, Chester – ‘invigorating score, inconsistent staging’ by Francesca Peschier

The Wizard of Oz is a joyously ridiculous story enshrined in kitsch pop culture – a family favourite that’s essentially about learning

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Beauty and the Beast review at Unity Theatre, Liverpool –’heartfelt and playful’ by Francesca Peschier

The Unity Theatre’s Christmas show sees them once again pairing with children’s theatre company Action Transport while working in collaboration with Liverpool

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Magic Mike Live review at London Hippodrome – ‘a money-maker shaking hit’ by Francesca Peschier

Following its successful run in Vegas, Magic Mike Live delivers exactly what it promises. Housed inside the Hippodrome casino, the strip show’s

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Torch review at St Helens – ‘a remarkable immersive experience’ by Francesca Peschier

There is a point in Torch were you wonder if you’ve made a terrible mistake. The experience is at times so realist

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: Wise Children at Old Vic Theatre by Francesca Peschier

Graft, grit and glitter: Francesca Peschier writes on the shifting layers of Emma Rice's retelling of Angela Carter's story. The post Review: Wise Children at Old Vic Theatre appeared first …

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Don Carlos starring Tom Burke review at Exeter Northcott Theatre – ‘bold, gutsy but over-stylised’ by Francesca Peschier

It’s a brave move to let a bold aesthetic lead a production and Rosanna Vize’s design sets the tone for this gutsy

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! review at York Theatre Royal – ‘a sense of the ridiculous’ by Francesca Peschier

Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! is a Marxist farce set in 1970s Italy. Fed up with out of control inflation and

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘overwhelming’ by Francesca Peschier

Bryony Kimmings has had a hell of a couple of years: post-natal depression, a break up, an ill-fated move to the country

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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Village review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘a radical statement of intent’ by Francesca Peschier

The peasants are revolting in Sahaspur. Under the command of corrupt Inspector Gangwar (Art Malik), the men have been humiliated and the

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: Holy Sh!t at Kiln Theatre by Francesca Peschier

Middle class problems: Francesca Peschier writes on Alexis Zegerman's exploration of rules, religion, and cultural legacy. The post Review: Holy Sh!t at Kiln Theatre appeared first on Exeunt…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Unexpected Joy review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘warm-hearted musical’ by Francesca Peschier

Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s new musical, receiving its European premiere at southwark Playhouse, shows women finding their own voices whilst striving

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Missing review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘poetically performed’ by Francesca Peschier

The 2015 London run of Gecko’s Missing was cut short by the fire that destroyed the Battersea Arts Centre’s Great Hall in

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rain Man starring Mathew Horne – review at Milton Keynes Theatre – ‘an unimaginative staging’ by Francesca Peschier

Rain Man, the Oscar-winning 1988 film about two brothers, one an autistic savant, has been brought back to the stage with Mathew

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Six review at Arts Theatre, London – ‘Tudor history goes pop’ by Francesca Peschier

If GCSE history classes were half as energised as the musical Six there would have been a 90% pass rate. This hit

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Black Cat: Bohemia review at Underbelly Festival, London – ‘moments of enchantment’ by Francesca Peschier

Black Cat Cabaret’s mistress of ceremonies, Frisky (Laura Corcoran) introduces her children of the night through pop melodies reworked as rich, filthy

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘heavy on the slapstick’ by Francesca Peschier

The light comedy meets fairytale of Love’s Labour’s Lost seems like the perfect match for the candlelit auditorium of Tte Sam Wanamaker

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Edinburgh Review: Attrape Moi at Assembly Main Hall by Francesca Peschier

A group of mates getting together to frolic in the manner of some seriously gymnastic puppies: Francesca Peschier reviews French-Canadian circus group Flip Fabrique. The post Edinburgh Revie…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Edinburgh Review: The Artist at the Assembly Roxy by Francesca Peschier

The Artist doesn't quite meet Francesca Peschier's very high expectations for 'one of the very, very best' clowns. The post Edinburgh Review: The Artist at the Assembly Roxy appeared first o…

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