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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ESCAPE THE SCAFFOLD – Theatre 503 by Laura Kressly

Grace and Marcus are a picture perfect, upper-middle class married couple, even with their opposing politics.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BIG GUNS – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Do social media and violence against women go hand in hand? Are we all rendered voyeurs or exhibitionists by the internet? Is the web the downfall of society?

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

DARK VANILLA JUNGLE – Theatre N16 by Laura Kressly

Andrea isn’t very well. In solitary confinement at some sort of secure facility, she has no one to talk to other than those who briefly visit and those who live in her head.

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Friday, March 24, 2017


There are loads of jokes and stereotypes about life within a heterosexual relationship – women talk too much, men don’t understand the difficulties of pregnancy, LTRs feel like a burden,…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TAMBURLAINE – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

Stylistically revolutionary as it was when first written, Marlowe’s Tamburlaine is still a clumsy brute of a play (not unlike Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus) that has plen…

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THE FALL – Acklam Village Market by Laura Kressly

Roy lies in a hospital bed suffering from depression and unable to move. When he meets little Alexandria he sees an opportunity to escape, but must first gain her trust.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

THE PRINCIPLE OF UNCERTAINTY – Draper Hall by Laura Kressly

We are Dr Bailey’s freshman class in Draper Hall, a housing estate community space in Elephant & Castle newly doubling as a performance venue run by veteran Italian polymath Stefania …

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

THE BAD SEED – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Laura Kressly

Rhoda is the picture-perfect 1950s American child. Obedient, clever and helpful, she is a dream for any parent. But after the death of a classmate who won the penmanship medal Rhoda coveted,…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017


Hartleby, Ooglemore and Jeramee are at the beach. It’s a beautiful, sunny day and the three are having a grand time, even though they can only use three words. The beach is full of potenti…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

MADE IN INDIA – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

The all-female play looks at the complex and controversial landscape of commercial surrogacy in India through the microcosmic relationship between three parties – the surrogate, the doctor…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

DRINKS – Safehouse 1 by Laura Kressly

Laura and Dave are hosting a housewarming party at their newly-bought fixer-upper in Peckham. The young couple invite the audience in groups assigned to a character, facilitating a quick ent…

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ONE LAST THING (FOR NOW) – Old Red Lion by Laura Kressly

Families separated by war and conflict have kept in touch one way or another for time immemorial. Recently giving way to skype, texts and emails, letter writing is now largely neglected – …

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

BUNNY – White Bear Theatre by Laura Kressly

Katie is a fairly average eighteen-year-old living a life busy with A-levels, uni applications and her older boyfriend, Abe. She’s not sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life, …

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Friday, March 10, 2017

SPILLIKIN – Touring by Laura Kressly

You could easily classify this production as “the one with the robot” but there is more to Spillikin, currently on tour throughout the UK. Despite the high level of artificial intelligen…

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THE MONKEY – Theatre 503 by Laura Kressly

John Stanley’s dark comedy could easily descend into poverty porn, but he avoids this pitfall with a focus on detailed characterisation and the consequences of drug addiction, both of whic…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

THE LOCK IN – Vaults by Laura Kressly

It’s St Patrick’s Day at an Irish pub in London. We’ve been there for awhile, but the night is young. There’s a five-strong band more focused on arguing the facts of Irish history th…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SIREN – Vaults by Laura Kressly

As the Welsh part of Celtic Trilogy at the VAULT Festival, Over The Limit Theatre with Siren has arguably saved the best to last.

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CELEBRATION, FLORIDA – Touring by Laura Kressly

Shows incorporating technology have become more and more common recently. This experimental show, Celebration, Florida, features two unrehearsed performers wearing headphones.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

IONESCO/DINNER AT THE SMITHS – Latvian House by Laura Kressly

On arriving at the front door of Latvian House I am met by a very smart, besuited Italian butler who refuses to let me in and won’t really give me a clear reason as to why. Had the perform…

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SNOW IN MIDSUMMER – Stratford by Laura Kressly

In 2012, The RSC drew ire for its Orphan of Zhao casting in which there were a whole three East Asian actors. Though the production went ahead, RSC artistic director Greg Doran showed willin…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

BAGMANIMOUS – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Nonsense. Complete and utter, glorious, nonsense. This was Brendan Murphy’s very first outing of Bagmanimous and it was an hour of brilliantly silly joy.

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THE CLUB – Vaults by Laura Kressly

The stage set consists of a table littered with various paraphernalia: bottles of alcohol, drugs, a teddy bear and a mounted dildo. The action takes place in this space over the period of a …

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Theatre company Rusted Dust have done a Columbo with the title – there’s Nazis, there’s murder, there’s the station’s first female Detective Constable. Buried in The Many Crimes of…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

KINGS – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Ebi, Bess and Hannah are homeless, living in tents in Archway. The three have a mutually beneficial relationship – nineteen-year-old Hannah has older and wiser people looking after her, an…

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SWIFTIES – Theatre N16 by Laura Kressly

The fetishism of absorbing someone else’s life and making it your own is the theme explored in Swifties, particularly how to give your world meaning when everything seems so dismal.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

THE LONG TRICK – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Tristan is the stuff of Cornish legends. The Robin Hood-esque figure who lives along the Helford River gives much needed gifts to local people the moment they reach utter despair – or so p…

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FREAK – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Still very much finding its feet and theatricality, Freak is an engaging lecture with a charming, historical bent.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

LIVING A LITTLE – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Rob and Paul are best mates, albeit total polar opposites. They share a cozy bachelor pad where they engage in typical mid-20s, male behaviour – drinking, weight lifting, discussing women …

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CARRY ON JAYWICK – Vaults by Laura Kressly

A couple of miles along the Essex coast from Clacton, is the village of Jaywick. Jaywick has the distinction of being the most deprived area of Britain.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

THOUGHT TO FLESH – Vaults by Laura Kressly

It’s evident that there are great intentions and thorough research behind the piece. It’s also clear that the creators have much skill and experience in making theatre.

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Response to Daily Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish: You are the thought police by Laura Kressly

Dominic Cavendish can rest assured: he will not lose the opportunity to see his favourite (white) male actors in leading Shakespearean roles.

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