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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Rent review – touching New York tale … with very little touching by Kate Wyver

Available onlineLuke Sheppard’s smart production of the classic rock musical, slickly recorded at Hope Mill theatre, Manchester, makes the most of social distancing The stage is bustling w…

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Friday, November 20, 2020

'Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone by Kate Wyver

From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes ‘The length of each act should be the lengt…

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Not waiting for Godot: new show tackles Beckett's ban on women by Kate Wyver

Female and non-binary performers deal with issue of playwright’s instructions A dead man’s voice can travel a long way. In 1988, Samuel Beckett sued a Dutch theatre company for casting w…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

'It's a game – and you're going to win': the black coaches electrifying dance by Kate Wyver

What makes a great teacher? We meet the three nominees – all dancers – who are in the running for the educator category of this year’s Black British Theatre awards Dollie Henry started…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Quarter Life Crisis review – secrets of a reluctant grownup by Kate Wyver

Bridge theatre, London Yolanda Mercy’s funny, engaging verse monologue finds a twentysomething torn between dodging responsibility and accepting it’s time to define herself All children,…

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Monday, August 24, 2020

This digital afterlife: mobile phone-based show connects us in our grief by Kate Wyver

User Not Found, Dante or Die’s story about loss and digital legacy, has been refreshed for a lockdown audience who have grown accustomed to grieving and creating intimacy online ‘If your…

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Dear audience … tender love drama delivered on postcards to your door by Kate Wyver

A gentle and touching new story from New Perspectives theatre company unfolds in six deliveries, spanning two continents and three decades A postcard slips through the letterbox and lands li…

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bard in the Yard: Shakespeare fanfic brought straight to thy garden by Kate Wyver

This interactive solo performed by Lucy Aarden as the Stratford playwright is irresistible – even the chickens love it ‘Ovid wrote The Metamorphoses in quarantine. What are you doing wit…

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Shows, suds, cider and a soaking: the Edinburgh fringe from my bathtub by Kate Wyver

The festival may be cancelled but our writer is determined to recreate the experience at home. So she pours a cider, steps into her bath – and logs on to the fringe’s freakiest shows The…

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Blindness review – blazing pandemic tale is brilliantly too close for comfort by Kate Wyver

Donmar Warehouse, LondonJosé Saramago’s timely, sinister story of a world in chaos reopens the theatre after lockdown and is narrated with savage rage by Juliet Stevenson After four month…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Razed and Confuzed Go Digital review – queer cabaret's night out at home by Kate Wyver

Drag artists play to an invisible audience in a series of recorded works that have a sense of protest at heart The queer cabaret night Razed and Confuzed is normally a physical event, but as…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Show Me A Good Time review – an extraordinary 12-hour theatre marathon by Kate Wyver

HAU, BerlinAnglo-German group Gob Squad take to the streets of Berlin, London and Sheffield with a livestreamed feat of connection At 1.12am, Bastian Trost invites anyone watching from Berli…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Paper Stages review – joyful DIY theatre kit to act out at home by Kate Wyver

Available online Forest Fringe release a jolly bunch of downloadable plays, games and diversions to inject some performance into lockdown life Forest Fringe have never been one for conventio…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Yard Online review – switch on your mobile and take a seat on your toilet by Kate Wyver

Yard theatre, Hackney WickThis all-day online festival included a one-to-one performance over the phone, a Ghanaian cook-along and a virtual after-party Hottest front-room seats: the best t…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

End Meeting for All review – brilliant and bewitching Zoom dramas by Kate Wyver

Available onlineForced Entertainment improvise online conversations that cut to the confusion and frustrations of lockdown Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance online Forced Ente…

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Gateshead international festival of theatre – a virtual, virtuoso delight by Kate Wyver

The annual extravaganza was moved ingeniously online for a weekend of shows united in their celebration of togetherness The best theatre and dance to watch online The best arts and entertai…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Zara review – giant baby leads her army into your living room by Kate Wyver

Available onlineMind the Gap’s enormous outdoor production boldly tackles the stigma faced by a mum with learning disabilities • Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to …

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hamlet review – the Wooster Group resurrect Richard Burton's Dane by Kate Wyver

Available onlineJohn Gielgud’s 1964 production of Shakespeare’s play haunts this meta-spectacle that questions the nature of performance In these times when “too, too solid flesh” is…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Trainers review – a messy brush with Montaigne by Kate Wyver

Gate theatre, London Sylvan Oswald gives a dystopian twist to the French essayist’s ideas on borders to explore modern gender politics This show is almost as impenetrable as its full title…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Adam Lazarus: 'If you don't teach your son about sex, porn will' by Kate Wyver

The Canadian performer’s controversial show Daughter is coming to London. Its brutal gut-punch experience is not for everyone When Adam Lazarus complained about a seven-year-old boy puttin…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Paines Plough’s Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett: ‘Our USP is touring so we help give writers a national voice’ by Kate Wyver

With their passion for the immediacy of new writing, Paines Plough’s new joint artistic directors Katie Posner and Charlotte Bennett tell Kate

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Ballad of Maria Marten review – joyous play gives life to murder victim by Kate Wyver

Stephen Joseph theatre, Scarborough Beth Flintoff rewrites the narrative of the woman killed in the Red Barn, focusing on her wit and ferocity rather than her notorious death The history boo…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blood Wedding review – Barney Norris takes Lorca's tragedy to Wiltshire by Kate Wyver

Salisbury PlayhouseEmmet Byrne is superb in this relocated update of the Spanish classic but it lacks the fire of the original Barney Norris tames Lorca’s Spanish tragedy in this gentle ad…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Taming of the Shrew review – misogynistic comedy is a rotten apple by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonFlat insults, bland puns and painful verse let down this staging of Shakespeare’s problematic play, which charges ahead without a trace of satire There is n…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

I Think We Are Alone review – Frantic Assembly's tender sweep of connection by Kate Wyver

Theatre Royal PlymouthSix characters stalk the stage with boxes in the company’s anniversary show, co-directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham I Think We Are Alone marks the 25th anniversa…

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Asking for It review – sexual assault drama misses the mark by Kate Wyver

Birmingham RepThis adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s novel has all the right intentions but offers cliches instead of real insight This sexual assault drama is entirely void of hope. A tran…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Jessica Hynes: 'Love isn't wishy washy – it's strength and power' by Kate Wyver

Taking a break from goofy sitcoms, the actor is sounding the climate-crisis alarm in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away. She talks about finding hope in a violent dystopia ‘You’re in a world i…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

'To be silly is quite an art': the weekend I became a mime by Kate Wyver

The first rule of mime club? You do not talk. Well, not when you’re hard at work. Our writer takes lessons from Marcel Marceau’s former student, Nola Rae Early on in mime school, I hit a…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Night of the Living Dead – Remix review – addictive Romero replica by Kate Wyver

Leeds PlayhouseImitating the Dog recreate the groundbreaking 1968 horror film live on stage with remarkable results This extraordinary shot-by-shot remake of George Romero’s 1968 cult horr…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Scenes With Girls review – boy banter satirises the Bechdel test by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonMiriam Battye’s play has some astute insights, but the friendship at its centre doesn’t seem worth fighting for Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird taught us that love and atte…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Lighting designer Prema Mehta: ‘The beauty and atmosphere of the Sam Wanamaker is unique’ by Kate Wyver

Having lit many shows in her 15-year career, Prema Mehta took on the challenge of using solely candles at the wood-panelled theatre.

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