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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Particularly fiendish’: JEKYLL & HYDE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

This is certainly something different to the majority of the festival’s shows: rather than a traditional show, it is a scavenger hunt/immersive promenade show, put on by established compan…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Delivered with an unrelenting energy’: COLLAPSIBLE – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Breffni Holahan delivers Margaret Perry’s script for Collapsible with an unrelenting energy that starts high and reaches stratospheric levels.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

‘Fitting tribute to a comedy classic’: DAD’S ARMY RADIO SHOW – Touring by Laura Kressly

Dad’s Army Radio Show is every bit as quaint as Godfrey’s sister’s cucumber sandwiches and every bit as cosy and comfortable as one of Pike’s scarves.

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‘Wonderfully funny & perceptive monologue’: GOBBY – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Jodie Irvine poignantly uses a great deal of humour to address the social awkwardness and loneliness of 21st-century living in Gobby.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

‘A stunning & universal piece’: DROP DEAD GORGEOUS – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Through movement, moments of perfect clowning, and almost-unending feasting, the Drop Dead Gorgeous ensemble transpose the female experience and made it a tangible thing that you feel you co…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

‘An exceptional piece of new writing’: PUSH – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Push is a one-woman show centred on one woman’s story, and its sense of universality will be welcome to those who experience the pressure to have, or not have, children.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

‘Slick, smart & penetrating’: VOiD – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

If a piercing performance of the mind is something you are after, you will not be disappointed with VOiD at the Vault Festival, London.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

‘An impressive range of issues delivered beautifully by the cast’: BODY TALK – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Full Disclosure has created an ensemble piece in Body Talk that weaves the characters’ lives together with the sensitivity and playfulness that these subjects require.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

‘Exquisitely performed’: SOLD – Vault Festival & Touring by Laura Kressly

Amantha Edmead is a marvel to watch in Sold, a piece that embraces it all, packing this story of family separation, numerous masters & a quest for freedom into an hour.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘An engaging & reflective story that’s well-played’: SCENES WITH GIRLS – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Female friendship is such a fickle, flighty thing so difficult to get right, and Miriam Battye nails both its positives and negatives in Scenes With Girls.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Both difficult & comforting to watch’: FACES IN THE CROWD – Gate Theatre by Laura Kressly

Whilst the script for Faces In The Crowd demands unwavering focus and attention in order to not get lost, women’s individuality, voice and their suppression by patriarchal systems are prof…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘Oily Cart still put access at the heart of their work’: ALL WRAPPED UP – Touring by Laura Kressly

Oily Cart, the creators of All Wrapped Up, makes gently immersive, highly sensory performances for people under five years old, and people with complex needs.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

‘Some genuinely disturbing moments’: FIX – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

Despite the issues, the script’s range of influences and forms, combined with great performances, result in a generally strong production of Fix at the Pleasance Theatre.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘Energetic & engaging’: ONCE – Touring by Laura Kressly

The melancholic, Irish music performed by actor-musicians and the almost-love story set Once apart from the bold, brash showiness of musicals that stick more closely to traditional forms.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

‘An excellent debut play brought flawlessly to life’: I WANNA BE YOURS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

I Wanna Be Yours at the Bush Theatre speaks to younger and older people navigating an unjust world, and reminds the privileged among us of the constant learning we have to do.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

‘A powerful comment on the flimsy whims of political allegiance’: UBU!: A SINGALONG SATIRE – Touring by Laura Kressly

With the stalls audience standing and the performers clamouring through the crowd and onto the stage, Kneehigh’s staging of Ubu! evokes a gig, a party and a political rally all in one.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

‘Work that is socially & politically vital’: POST POPULAR – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Comedy and vulgarity join forces as Lucy McCormick chronicles history’s strong women in Post Popular at the Soho Theatre.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘Has a sensorial richness’: MIDNIGHT MOVIE – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Stories swirl around each other in Midnight Movie at the Royal Court, growing and fading like variations on a theme in a piece of classical music. It’s heady and disorientating, like a sur…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

‘Much too tidy for the text’: DIRTY CRUSTY – The Yard by Laura Kressly

There is a disconnect between the direction and the script that permeates this production of Dirty Crusty at The Yard Theatre.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

‘Moving & disturbing’: ON BEAR RIDGE – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

On Bear Ridge, Ed Thomas’ story of being left behind and trying to hold onto the memories that give us a sense of self, is crafted at the Royal Court Theatre with care and sensitivity.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Performances are emotionally engaging & vulnerable’: For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad – Stoke Newington Town Hall by Laura Kressly

There’s a lot to process in For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad, and it requires active listening and embracing the unfamiliar, but it is visually striking, intimate and reflective.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘It’s all rather existential’: THE ICE CREAM BOYS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

The Ice Cream Boys is an informative glimpse into South African politics and racial issues but it’s not clear what message the audience is meant to take away.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘Disturbingly prescient & vibrantly staged’: MEPHISTO [A RHAPSODY] – Gate Theatre by Laura Kressly

Combined with the big questions it raises on compromising one’s beliefs, Mephisto [A Rhapsody] confronts classism, racism and lack of political action in the UK today, both in the arts and…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

‘Vulnerable & celebratory performance’: WE DIG – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

Seeing a group of trans and non-binary people claim space like this in We Dig at Ovalhouse and openly share and reflect on the lives of trans people past and present is beautiful and importa…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

‘Excellent, moving piece of theatre’: TICK, TICK… BOOM! – Bridge House Theatre by Laura Kressly

Before Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical Rent took the world by storm, there was the autobiographical show, Tick, Tick…Boom!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

‘Use of the grotesque & social critique is highly sophisticated’: GLASS. KILL. BLUBEBEARD. IMP – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

As a body of work, Caryl Churchill’s four plays Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp complement each other well and offer a bold social commentary that is dark, foreboding and surreal.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Vital & vibrant contribution to contemporary theatre’: CHIAROSCURO – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Chiaroscuro is a relevant, moving production, addressing issues of sexuality and identity & focusing on characters that are often left out of theatrical narratives. It is a vital and vib…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘The nasty aftertaste negates the positives’: BIG THE MUSICAL – West End by Laura Kressly

Though the design is superb, the kids are both adorable and excellent performers, and McGuiness’s work is solid, the appalling storyline of Big and its tone-deafness can get in the bin.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘It shows its age’: FAME THE MUSICAL – West End by Laura Kressly

“Fame!” – we all know the infamous song. The lyrics, “I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly, HIGH” are not well known just because of the original 1980 film, but b…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Powerful play’: JADE CITY – Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Jade City is a powerful play confronting the consequences of the UK’s lack of social mobility and opportunity.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

‘Well-made family drama’: THE SON – West End by Laura Kressly

This portrayal of contemporary family life dealing with depression is honest and believable in The Son, yet there’s a cold judgement underpinning it.

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