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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery by Laura Kressly

Les Enfants Terrible, a company now synonymous with this experience-based immersive theatre, take us through white-walled holding cells, to a cathedral with neon Donald Trump and Putin effig…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

DIAMOND – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

2017 marks fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexual ‘behaviour’ between consenting adults in the UK, and sixty years since the Wolfenden Report recommended this as t…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

THIS BEAUTIFUL FUTURE – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

France 1944. A young French girl Elodike runs to meet her lover, a German soldier Otto. Their love is innocent and pure, the exact opposite of the world around them.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DOUBLE TROUBLE – Intermission Youth Theatre by Laura Kressly

It can be tough to get kids to engage with Shakespeare. Many of them see the foreign-sounding language and old-fashioned stories as irrelevant to the issues they battle as growing up today.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

THE BLACK EYE CLUB – Bread & Roses Theatre by Laura Kressly

Zoe’s back at her commuter belt town’s refuge after her husband beat her up again. This time it’s because Palace lost. Last time, it was because she was nagging to much.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

THE RED LION – Trafalgar Studios by Laura Kressly

The tempestuous story of two ideologically opposed, minor league football men and the young player caught between them has little to do with the actual game and has a compelling, emotional n…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NANETTE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

In Nanette, Gadsby breaks down this joke structure as she expertly plays the audience, slowly lengthening the time delay between tension and release.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

MACBETH – Bussey Building by Laura Kressly

Director Paul Tomlinson employs a post-apocalyptic, urban landscape of crumbling buildings and waste more akin to The Walking Dead than Dunsinane.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

JOY – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Laura Kressly

Joy, in which learning disabled characters are played by trained actors with learning disabilities, is a play and a directorial choice commendably at the forefront of diversity and accessibi…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OUR FATHERS – Edinburgh by Laura Kressly

Think about your parents, or a parental figure. How have they impacted who you are now? Whether positive or negative some mark will inevitably and irrevocably remain.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

MENDOZA – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

Mexican company Los Colochos Teatro not only knows how to utilize Shakespeare’s Scottish Play in order to tell a story of the here and now, but also uses human imagination in a simple, yet…

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Open letter: Men in theatre pledge action against abuse #NoGreyArea #SpeakOut #NotAllMen by Laura Kressly

IIn light of recent reports of abuse, it has become apparent that many of us have failed to engage with the dark truths that hide beneath the surface of of the theatre industry. Action needs…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

INSIGNIFICANCE – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

As we enter the Arcola main stage, we are presented with a hotel room in midtown Manhattan circa 1954. Albert Einstein sits on the bed going over some notes on his legal pad.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

SKIN TIGHT – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Skin Tight declares that all good things must end and heartbreak is inevitable – but these are the secrets to a fulfilling life. Gary Henderson’s modern classic is reflective and moving,…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

A #MeToo story close to home: ‘My drama school tutor abused me’ by Laura Kressly

My time at drama school was otherwise wonderful. It was everything it should have been: fun, stressful, empowering, confusing and thrilling. But it was also something it absolutely shouldn…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

HEAR ME RAW – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Hear Me Raw was perhaps the poshest theatrical experience I have ever had (and that really is saying something). It was a glowing auditorium of bad hair, good genes, and plastic prosecco, fo…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

BEOWULF – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Two walls of Marshall amps sit either side of gleaming trusses. A DJ booth manned by a black-clad figure sports a banner for a place called Heorot. Smoke seeps through vents in the floor and…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

IN MEMORY OF LEAVES – Fordham Gallery Barge by Laura Kressly

Since 2013, Natasha Langridge has watched her neighbourhood become unrecognisable. As the developers and their machinery creep ever closer with every passing month, she documents their journ…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MAIDEN SPEECH – TheatreN16 by Laura Kressly

In world of Harvey Weinsteins, Bill Cosbys, MRAs and other own-brand misogynists in and out of the arts, A mini-festival of feminist theatre should be a soothing balm to the wounds wrought b…

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THE END OF HOPE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

You only find round beds with pink satin sheets in particular places or owned by particular people. But it’s safe to say that a woman wearing a full, fur-suited mouse costume complete with…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

Hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, Jane Upton’s work is a darkly realistic shock to the system.

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HEISENBERG: The Uncertainty Principle – West End by Laura Kressly

German physicist Werner Heisenberg talks of pairs and duality. The one thing against the other. The one in terms of the other. Directed by Marianne Elliott and written by Simon Stephens, thi…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

HANSEL & GRETEL – Museum of Childhood by Laura Kressly

In the expansive hall and gift shop of the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, one corner has been set up as a playing space for Popup Opera’s Hansel & Gretel. Director James Hurley doe…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

VICTORY CONDITION – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Imagine a world where our inner monologues are voiced at all times. Sure, it would make the world a much louder place and we’d probably always have sore throats. But think of the thing…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BONER KILLER – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Erin Markey is a darling of the New York performance art, comedy and cabaret scenes. With an established, devoted fan base, her work has been lauded by publications such as the New York Time…

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LAIKA – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Sami and his mum are preparing for her to go to Mars for years and years and years. Both obsessed with space, Sami’s proud of her but worried that he might never see her again.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

TURKEY – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Frankie Meredith’s script has a solid, viable core, but the short, episodic scenes spanning a long time period make for a skeletal whole that feels like the first act of a longer play.

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THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre by Laura Kressly

I’ve seen sexist theatre. I’ve seen ableist theatre. But it’s rare to come across a show that is so openly and unashamedly both of these things.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

B – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Chile has suffered regular bombings since 2005. Unlike the current spate of terrorism the UK is experiencing, more than 80 disparate, domestic anarchist groups have claimed responsibility fo…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

ZERAFFA GIRAFFA – Little Angel Theatre by Laura Kressly

Atir is a young boy living in Egypt, working as a servant to The Pasha. When the ruler wants to send a gift of a baby giraffe to the King of France, he asks Atir to take her.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE FALL – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Oh Dionysus, as someone who grew up in Poland, I really do miss political theatre. The real thing, you know? The thing that grabs you, makes you stand up and cheer for the performers. The th…

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