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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Last Word review – young artists speak truth to poetry by Kate Wyver

Roundhouse, LondonThis festival gives voice to up-and-coming performers, from poetry slam winner Rakaya Esime Fetuga to the painfully funny Jack Rooke The Last Word festival is a celebration…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Rachel Bloom review – contagious joy and brutal truths from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star by Kate Wyver

London PalladiumThe exhilarating comedian known for her hit Netflix series puts on an addictive night of comedy and song American comedian Rachel Bloom gets musical theatre tropes drunk and …

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Merry Wives of Windsor review – love games need to crack the whip by Kate Wyver

Shakespeare’s Globe, London Jealousy and lechery divert the idle rich in Elle While’s production of the Shakespeare romcom, but well-dressed schemings lack chemistry Director Elle While …

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Operation Mincemeat review – baggy burlesque of British secret service by Kate Wyver

New Diorama, LondonAn abundance of wit and one-liners can’t make up for the lack of directorial focus in SpitLip’s antiwar satire With whip-smart humour and a stellar soundtrack, SpitLip…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Audiences jump into bed and are paid to play at Take Me Somewhere by Kate Wyver

Various locations, GlasgowThis performance art festival serves up brazen tests of audience exploitation, a TV sleepover and feminist futurism How much would you have to be paid to make a foo…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Icy intimacy: the artist who performs on a bed of frozen thoughts by Kate Wyver

Chronic fatigue has left Amy Rosa ‘watching life through glass’. Her new show urges viewers to make vulnerability a radical act ‘We’re not taught how to process difficult emotions,…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What gets you hot? The sweaty, brutally honest show about bodies by Kate Wyver

They were a couple doing a performance about women, sex and bodily fluids. Then they broke up – and made it more explicit. Meet the duo behind Hotter The pants arrived today. They’re bri…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2/Henry V review – a game of thrones with lots of leather by Kate Wyver

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonMichelle Terry is revelatory as Hotspur and Sarah Amankwah makes a majestic Henry in a valiant if uneven trilogy ‘A good heart,” says Shakespeare’s Henry V…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Brighton fringe review – giant sperm, rave days and camp cruelty by Kate Wyver

The Warren, BrightonFrom nappy challenges to a grotesque clown show about carehomes, this year’s theatre festival is full of surprises The two performers rush behind the vulva-esque velvet…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Three Musketeers review – sweetly slapdash swashbuckling by Kate Wyver

Exeter NorthcottIt’s all for one and one for all in an enthusiastic if haphazard riot of dad jokes, dodgy accents and gleeful gallivanting The cast of The Three Musketeers tell us they hav…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Avalanche: A Love Story review – Maxine Peake trapped in desperate IVF drama by Kate Wyver

Barbican, LondonPeake’s anguished Woman goes through six rounds of fertility treatment in Julia Leigh’s adaptation of her own memoir As part of the Barbican’s first Fertility Fest, Jul…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Keep Watching review – tech dystopia becomes a song and dance by Kate Wyver

New Diorama, London Jesse Fox’s play about the perils of surveillance is at its best when observing the bond between sparring siblings What makes technology scary are the unknowns: our ina…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Jungle Book review – riotous show gets into the swing of Kipling by Kate Wyver

Derby theatreThe tales of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera are inventively staged with integrated sign language and a community cast Accessibility is too often treated as an afterthought in theatr…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Goodbye Norma Jeane review – the man behind Marilyn Monroe steps forward by Kate Wyver

Above the Stag theatre, LondonChoreographer Jack Cole’s vitality is lost in Liam Burke’s play that tackles issues of ownership of women’s bodies All high kicks and hip swings, Jack Co…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

'It's a no-knickers feeling!' The healing power of wild swimming by Kate Wyver

Liz Richardson’s new show explores the transformative qualities of a freezing cold dip. She takes us to the source of her inspiration ‘I want to jump in right now,” says Liz Richardson…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Richard III review – Tom Mothersdale hypnotises as the unhinged overlord by Kate Wyver

Bristol Old VicA spider-like central performance dominates a production that offers charm, hi-tech excess and a spattering of bodily fluids Tom Mothersdale’s Richard III licks, spits and b…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Under the Umbrella review – a desperate search in China's marriage market by Kate Wyver

Belgrade theatre, Coventry Amy Ng’s family drama has the seeds of a great story, but is undone by melodrama and parody The definition of a good future differs significantly for three gener…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Trixie Mattel review – glittering, belittling comedy from Drag Race star by Kate Wyver

O2 Academy, Newcastle Ill-judged jokes and a lack of wit and grit make for a tedious set from one of the queens on RuPaul’s series In an interview with Rolling Stone, drag queen Trixie Mat…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Drag kings, karaoke and watermelons: smart new celebrations of queerness by Kate Wyver

Two joyful shows – And the Rest of Me Floats and Sex Sex Men Men – use standup and striptease to discuss trans rights, pegging and the patriarchy In their kaleidoscopic celebrations of q…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Trick review – a magic show with nothing up its sleeve by Kate Wyver

Bush theatre, LondonEve Leigh’s new play – about grief and old age – is overbearing in its manipulative attempts to make us feel sad It is billed as a magic show about grief but The Tr…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Blue Door review – family ghosts question blackness in bleak drama by Kate Wyver

Ustinov Studio, Bath Tanya Barfield’s 2006 play about a man meeting his ancestors asks: am I ever black or white enough?Tracing four generations backwards from 1995, Tanya Barfield’s 200…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You Stupid Darkness! review – cracking jokes as the world burns by Kate Wyver

The Drum, PlymouthSam Steiner’s hilariously bleak show about helpline volunteers has a charming cynicism and moments of compassionIn his new play, Sam Steiner makes us beam as the world bu…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad on Craigslist review – resplendent with movie-star magic by Kate Wyver

Vault festival, LondonThe ethereal star – as seen in an exuberant drag act by Tom Lenk – becomes a spirit guide in this wry show about the role movies play in our livesExuberantly strang…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Woof review – lust, pain and jealousy in an intoxicating production by Kate Wyver

Sherman theatre, CardiffEvery emotion is tangible as Elgan Rhys’s play about a 30-something gay couple races to a violent climaxWoof is a triumph for the Sherman theatre. In Elgan Rhys’s…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Superhoe review – frank and fragile account of sex work by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonNicôle Lecky’s astute one-woman show, punctuated with rap, pins down the financial and moral dilemmas of her peersBusiness and pleasure collide and combust in Nicôle L…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: NOW19 – Greg Wohead and Seke Chimutengwende, Yard Theatre by Kate Wyver

'demonstrating how hard true understanding - of both oneself and of another - is to achieve': Kate Wyver writes on the NOW Festival Week 3 double bill. The post Review: NOW19 – Greg W…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Opal Fruits review – sweet and chewy lecture on working-class stereotypes by Kate Wyver

Vault festival, LondonHolly Beasley-Garrigan didn’t want to perform a show about being a gay working-class woman, she tells her audience … that’s just how arts funding worksWith anger …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Waltz of the Hommelettes review – beware of the bunny by Kate Wyver

Barbican, London Les Antliaclastes’ puppet show is a bewitching ride through the dark side of fairytales with close attention to detailDarkly comic and absurdly charming, this wild gothic …

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

In Lipstick review – glittery comedy with shades of darkness by Kate Wyver

Pleasance, LondonTwo women blot out life’s blemishes with feather boas and Shirley Bassey songs until their friendship begins to sourIsolation is gilded in glitter in Annie Jenkins’ tend…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rumpelstiltskin review – on mute, it could be fantastic by Kate Wyver

Queen Elizabeth Hall, LondonA king’s daughter sells her unborn baby to a wicked fashion designer in a patronising show with abrasive songsMoney can’t buy love but it can buy theatre tick…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Borrowers review – Mary Norton's pintsize family make raucous fun by Kate Wyver

Tobacco Factory, BristolBea Roberts’ adaptation is best when it amps up its visual gags, though it searches for a plot and a perspectiveThe world can be scary when everything else is bigge…

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