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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Suppliant Women, Young Vic, London, review: This pure, reality dispelling drama resurrects a 2,500-year-old play about women refugees by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

David Greig's adaption of Aeschylus' story of women refugees transforms 27 local young women from London into storytelling masters, in a timeless, fantastical production of colour,…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Secondary Victim, Park 90, London, review: Sexual assault drama fails to make the most of such a potent subject matter by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

When a therapist is accused by a former client of sexual misconduct, her career, her marriage, and her sanity are all brought into question.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mother Courage and her Children, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: Josie Lawrence creates an unforgettable incarnation of the tragic anti-hero by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Lawrence shines in this comic-tragic portrayal of Bertolt Brecht's cursed anti-hero, in a production that embraces the vaudeville character of the play's songs and music

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Retreat, Park Theatre, London, review: Sam Bain's bleak comedy drama smart bombs spirituality-lite by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Directed by Kathy Burke, written by Bain, and starring three familiar faces from British TV in recent years, this is a production loaded with talent

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Trap, Clapham Omnibus, review: Payday lending drama revisits the usual anti-capitalist haunts by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Making its European Debut at Clapham Omnibus, Kieran Lynn​'s play on social ills is set in the moral wasteland of a payday lending company

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Lie, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: French farce on fidelity sits uncomfortably between tragedy and comedy by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Florian Zeller's follow up play to 'The Truth', directed by Lindsay Posner, contains affecting performances, but the overall result was not entertaining enough to be a light f…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Turkey, Hope Theatre, London, review: An exhilarating anti-romance about how babies are made by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

This richly written debut play takes the audience inside a realistically fragile relationship, all to watch it crumble tragically before them.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Revlon Girl, Park Theatre, London, review: A rich drama about grief, greed, and make-up by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Four mothers grieve the loss of their children in the Aberfan disaster in a remarkably warm, sorrowful, and times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering, and make-up.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Man to Man, Wilton's Music Hall, London, review: A compelling story about storytelling by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

This translation of Manfred Karge's one woman play has a sparkling central performance about grief, identity, and fiction, but somewhat disappoints with meandering closing scenes

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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 the Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: Formidably funny adaptation of an 80s classic by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Sue Townsend's 80s hit about the inner struggles of Leicestershire every-teen Adrian Mole is brought to life in brilliant musical numbers, sung by a stellar cast.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Enchanted, the Bunker, London: A frustrating plot that presents a naive and blinkered perspective on murderers by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This is Not Culturally Significant, The Bunker, London, review: Intense and wonderfully disturbing by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Adam Scott-Prowley has brought his entirely naked and thoroughly exhilarating performance to one of London's newest theatres which will terrify audiences in this unmissable one-man show

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Late Company, Finborough Theatre, London, review: by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

After the suicide of their son, a grieving mother and father dine with his tormenter. Masochism, absolution, forgiveness, and revenge are unravelled in the intimacy of the Finborough Theatre.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Offensive, Clapham Omnibus, London, theatre review: Victoria Willing has created a brilliant update to Abigail's Party by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

A black comedy set in 'the best bed and breakfast on the Somme' delivers both on bleakness and glorious belly laughter.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Ready or Not: The Arcola, London, review: Ambitious black comedy thrives in the dark, but struggles to lighten a sombre story of torture by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Helena Bell directs a solid three hander black comedy which is at its best when observing modern day anti-Muslim sentiments.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Thursday, December 1, 2016

This House review: The hit coalition fable triumphs in its West End debut by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Thanks to James Graham's brilliant script, what could be a dry series of head counts is transformed into a thrilling evening of intrigue and laughter

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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Boys in the Band, Park Theatre, Finsbury Park review: A thoroughly fulfilling evening by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Theatre-goers can expect strong performances, raucous laughter and a brilliant mod-con design

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