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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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Thursday, August 9, 2018

After the Cuts review – DIY healthcare in a post-NHS era by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghGary McNair’s darkly humorous drama asks how far we’d go to save the person we loveThe future Gary McNair imagines is a raggedy one, worn down and patched up with do…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

User Not Found review – what happens to our digital identities after we die? by Kate Wyver

Traverse at Jeelie Piece Cafe, EdinburghGrappling with both the comfort and toxicity of social media, Chris Goode’s show for Dante or Die is a tender, intimate story of love and letting go…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Sticks and Stones review – language is a minefield in dystopian satire by Kate Wyver

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghThe debate about what is offensive fuels Vinay Patel’s drama in which virtue signalling becomes a tangible actionChoose your words wisely. In this dystopi…

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Midsummer review – joyful tale of wild sex and terrible hangovers by Kate Wyver

The Hub, EdinburghIn David Greig’s delightfully expanded revival of a fringe show from 2008, a couple look back on an eventful night long agoA man stands with a microphone in one hand and …

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Everything Not Saved review – memorably teasing mind games by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghDublin’s Malaprop company get meta-theatrical in an ever-shifting and chaotic three-hander about the unreliability of memory An act of remembrance is inevitably one of…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Come Back Tomorrow review – an emotional love letter to the NHS by Kate Wyver

Singleton Hospital, SwanseaAs part of the NHS70 celebrations, Roy Williams’ play takes the temperature of the nursing profession, showing us two women, three generations apart but equally …

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Astley’s Astounding Adventures review – a joyous circus spectacular by Kate Wyver

New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeTheresa Heskins’ epic saga of the big top delivers daring archery, breathless breakdancing and an aching romance Horses fly and flip above our heads. Fireworks…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The One review – vicious relationship drama makes for uncomfortable viewing by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonTuppence Middleton and John Hopkins star in Vicky Jones’s play about the sadistic games of a bored coupleIn Vicky Jones’s vicious relationship drama, originally stage…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

This Is Not for You review – a defiant cry from Britain's disabled veterans by Kate Wyver

Artillery Square, WoolwichAt Greenwich and Docklands festival, Jenny Sealey directs a parade of theatre, song and aerial performance by war veteransOn a makeshift parade ground near Woolwich…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nocturne review – a promenade through London's night song by Kate Wyver

Deptford, LondonThis tour of the capital’s streets at nightfall catches some beautiful unorchestrated moments from other people’s livesTethered together with a rope, we are taking a nigh…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

The Weir review – Conor McPherson's black stuff still chills by Kate Wyver

The Lowry, SalfordAdele Thomas’s revival of McPherson’s early play reveals the horror of loneliness to be on a par with fear of the undeadJust over 20 years on from its Royal Court debut…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

The Words Are Coming Now review – urgent responses to the #MeToo moment by Kate Wyver

Theatre 503, London 10 vibrant short plays by writers including April De Angelis and Richard Bean offer multifaceted, thoughtful views on issues to do with sex and consent Put together in un…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Drama out of crisis: how theatre and improv teach lessons in sexual consent by Kate Wyver

Exploring consent issues through interactive drama and comedy can effect lasting change, whether tackling violence against sex workers in Africa, sex education in South America or abuse in U…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Bananaman review – can Eric Wimp turn into a musical superhero? by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, London After some banana-skin slip-ups, this comedy about the spotty teenager turned caped blunderer gathers some final, resounding laughterBananaman, the blundering sup…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: As a Tiger in the Jungle at Jackson’s Lane by Kate Wyver

"It feels like an act of self-harm": Kate Wyver on Sverre Waage's three-man show featuring performers sold into the circus as children. The post Review: As a Tiger in the Jungle at Jackson&#…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Sari Revolution review – scorching truths from fight against patriarchy by Kate Wyver

Curve, LeicesterThis slow-burning drama is adapted from Amana Fontanella-Khan’s book about Indian women’s rights campaigner Sampat Pal and her trailblazing Gulabi GangMasculinity is a we…

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