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Friday, January 15, 2021

‘Consistently delivers’: THIS EVIL THING (Online review) by John Chapman

Michael Mears’ committed and well thought out piece This Evil Thing about a tricky subject is dealt with empathetically and entertainingly.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

‘Whatever your taste, there’s bound to be something to appeal’: [email protected] – Season 2 (Online review) by John Chapman

A second online season from TheSpace has an eclectic range – even if what I saw was all comedy.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

‘It’s a winning formula’: LETTERS LIVE FROM THE ARCHIVE (Online review) by John Chapman

There is something essentially life affirming about the whole idea of Letters Live and these documents will prove an invaluable way of connecting with others as the dark times close over us …

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

‘Things in it which were admirable’: LAZARUS (Online review) by John Chapman

Prominent among other commemorative David Bowie events is a three-day streaming of Lazarus, the theatre piece that he was working on towards the end of his life and which was ultimately prod…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

‘Highly original & entertaining’: The Neighbor / The 7th Voyage Of Egon Tichy – Theater In Quarantine (Online review) by John Chapman

Quirky in the extreme but great fun, Theater In Quarantine takes limited space performance to a new level in The Neighbor and The 7th Voyage Of Egon Tichy.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Forces a rethink on things which you thought you knew’: A History Of Water In The Middle East (Online review) by John Chapman

Sabrina Mahfouz’s play A History Of Water In The Middle East highlights an ages old and still ongoing tale of colonialism and gives an entirely new slant to this exploration of “landscap…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

‘Will invite you to reflect on this annus horribilis’: UNTIL THE FLOOD – Traverse Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Watching the powerful set of monologues Until The Flood brings back powerful memories of the shared experience which we can only hope will return soon. Powerful set of monologues stirs re…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

‘Directed with a sense of passion & integrity’: S-27 – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

The Finborough is to be congratulated for delving back and finding thought-provoking piece S-27 to release and extend its winning run of past triumphs.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

20 of the things that inspired, moved, amused & delighted John Chapman in 2020 by John Chapman

I’ve selected 20 of the things that inspired, moved, amused and delighted, which have pushed the boundaries of what it possible and continued to fly the flag for theatre in the UK.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

‘Better huddle up on the sofa & watch this’: THE HAUNTING OF ALICE BOWLES (Online review) by John Chapman

It is the modern parallels which gives The Haunting Of Alice Bowles its depth and resonance and Philip Franks and the Original Theatre Company are to be congratulated for the equivalences wh…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

‘Both mocks & celebrates this most British of theatrical styles’: POTTED PANTO (Online review) by John Chapman

Potted Panto is a quick and jolly canter through Pantoland hosted by a couple of energetic and resourceful performers.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

‘Nice to see them letting their hair down’: ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND – Chickenshed Theatre by John Chapman

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is being freestreamed by Chickenshed, the north London youth-oriented community theatre, and is the latest in a long line of releases from them this year.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Age-old tales charmingly done’: A Christmas Carol / The Emperor’s New Clothes (Online review) by John Chapman

The latest account of the Dickens perennial favourite A Christmas Carol comes courtesy of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

‘Has a haunted quality’: THE OLD HOUSE – The Actors Centre (Online review) by John Chapman

The Old House is a melancholy and emotionally charged play which examines a difficult subject from a new perspective.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

‘Lively, funny show’: Snow White In The Seven Months Of Lockdown – Charles Court Opera (Online review) by John Chapman

The Charles Court Opera team, working at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, presents Snow White In The Seven Months Of Lockdown.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

‘Plenty of humour as they poke fun at some British pastimes’: DOING THE PUB QUIZ – Northern Comedy Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Northern Comedy Theatre’s Doing The Pub Quiz examines what was practically a national obsession during the first lockdown – the phenomenon of the Zoom based quiz.

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

‘The quality of this production shines through’: Phèdre – National Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Following news that the National Theatre has launched its much anticipated streaming service National Theatre At Home, John Chapman goes back to 2009 and NT Live’s very first live streamed…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

‘A ghostly tale which delivers so much more than its initial premise’: HAUNTING JULIA – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (Online review) by John Chapman

It is sometimes possible to get a better perspective on a play through experiencing it as a piece of audio drama rather than seeing it live on stage and I found this to be the case with Haun…

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

‘Demonstrates the power of art to thrill & challenge’: RED – The Shows Must Go On! (Online review) by John Chapman

Red beautifully demonstrates the central thesis that sons must challenge fathers, the old must give way to the new and art and theatre must constantly evolve and change in order to survive …

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

‘A performance that burns with anger & emotion’: DEATH OF ENGLAND: DELROY (Online review) by John Chapman

Death Of England: Delroy is by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams and is a response to their own earlier play, simply called Death Of England which played at the National Theatre before Covid hoved…

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Monday, November 23, 2020

‘A richly resonant set of stories’: THE BARREN AUTHOR – Spiteful Puppet (Online review) by John Chapman

The character of Baron Munchausen has a long and illustrious history (he first appeared in 1785) but is probably best known in this country via Terry Gilliam’s 1988 film. Some of the spiri…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

‘A feast for the eyes & ears’: USER NOT FOUND – Dante Or Die (Online review) by John Chapman

Dante Or Die’s User Not Found is a stimulating and thoughtful piece which pushes the boundaries of what theatre is and can be.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

’It’s best just to throw yourself into the role’: AGENT VENTURE (Online review) by John Chapman

If you’re missing socialising but want something a bit more structured than a straightforward video call, then you will find immersive adventure game Agent Venture a real tonic.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

‘A real call to arms’: EMILIA (Online review) by John Chapman

One play I have seen consistently recommended over the last couple of years is Emilia which premiered at The Globe in 2018 and transferred to the West End last year and was awarded three Oli…

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

‘Sparklingly dark world’: THE BEAST WILL RISE 6-10 (Online review) by John Chapman

What really strikes home in The Beast Will Rise series is the sheer range of scenarios which Philip Ridley conjures, all – in one way or another – providing responses to the pandemic, lo…

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Friday, October 30, 2020

‘Clever as well as disarming’: FRIGHTENERS – Spontaneous Productions Theatre Company (Online review) by John Chapman

Having had a day to recover (!), I headed back for the second tranche of Frighteners from the Spontaneous Productions Theatre Company, highlighted as part of Scenesaver’s Fright Night prog…

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

‘Novel & engaging show’: THE UNIVERSITY OF WONDER & IMAGINATION – Cahoots NI (Online review) by John Chapman

While University Of Wonder And Imagination is fun it is also educational and provides a stimulating introduction to a number of topics which can be explored further.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘Paul Kennedy gives a performance of note’: CONTINUITY – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Continuity is just one of the online plays available from the Finborough Theatre’s repertoire. It is not an easy watch but has many important points to make about political and personal be…

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Monday, October 19, 2020

‘Demonstrating the power of aural memories’: DIGITAL CARAVAN THEATRE – Series 2 (Online review) by John Chapman

The microplays in the Digital Caravan Theatre Series 2 are full of a richness born out of careful time management giving them a leanness which is sometimes lacking in longer works.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

‘The play is stunningly realised’: APOLLO 13 – THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – Original Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

The whole creative and production team involved in Original Theatre Company’s Apollo 13: The Dark Side Of the Moon can be rightly proud of a superb job which really pushes at the frontiers…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

‘A musical makeover that is far from obvious’: ADDING MACHINE – A MUSICAL – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Finborough Theatre’s latest online offering is Adding Machine: A Musical, based on the American expressionist classic of the 1920s by Elmer Rice.

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