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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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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

That Night Follows Day review – adults' truths and lies, voiced by children by Kate Wyver

Southbank Centre, LondonTim Etchells and Forced Entertainment present a mesmeric show in which a young cast consider what grownups tell them‘You tell us to grow up.” On a simple set of s…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Over the Top review – suffragettes panto staggers from music hall to front line by Kate Wyver

Belgrade theatre, CoventryA well-intentioned comedy show about female war heroes unintentionally undermines its own ambitionsWhen a panto’s biggest laughs are canned, it is not a great sig…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Making an entrance: five of the UK's best young theatre companies by Kate Wyver

From dreams of destruction to alien encounters, these fledging companies are making impressive experimental workAt this summer’s Edinburgh fringe, Oxford graduates This Noise presented Nat…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

An Execution (By Invitation Only) review – obtuse philosophical games by Kate Wyver

Camden People’s Theatre, LondonInspired by Vladimir Nabokov, this patience-trying piece about a prisoner awaiting execution is full of lazy surrealism and tired gamesWhen the prisoner (Gre…

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The Woods review – motherhood cuts deep for Lesley Sharp in grim fairytale by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonA tracksuit-clad wolf stalks a mother and son through the forest in Lucy Morrison’s stunningly designed enigma of a showAn exquisite woodland shrouds the Royal Court the…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Gastronomic review – high-flying, fine-dining theatre by Kate Wyver

Norwich Theatre RoyalAudiences experience a taste of how the 1% travel – and eat – in Curious Directive’s ambitious showIt took years of experimenting for the Wright brothers to get ai…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Missing review – BAC rises from ashes with spirited Gecko show by Kate Wyver

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonAs part of the theatre’s Phoenix season, Amit Lahav brings his production back to where a fire halted their run and damaged the buildingIn 2015 a fire swallowe…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Drip review – heartwarming comedy about swimming against the tide by Kate Wyver

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghThe audience wear ponchos for this one-man show about a schoolboy trying to keep his head above water, and learning it’s OK to be awkwardGoggles on and gu…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

La Maladie de la Mort review – clinical dissection of male gaze by Kate Wyver

Lyceum, EdinburghKatie Mitchell and Alice Birch’s stage adaptation of a Marguerite Duras novella is skilfully designed but strangely dullingKatie Mitchell and Alice Birch’s fourth collab…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What Girls Are Made Of review – I was a teenage indie star by Kate Wyver

Traverse, EdinburghDarlingheart’s Cora Bissett writes and stars in an artfully told look at the highs and lows of her time in a bandCora Bissett was a teenager when her Glenrothes-based ba…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Daughter review – laughter and horror in magnetic study of toxic masculinity by Kate Wyver

Canada Hub @ King’s Hall, EdinburghAdam Lazarus gives an uncomfortable performance in a piece confronting attitudes towards women and parenthoodIf I should have a daughter, I don’t know …

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