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Monday, February 20, 2017


Adam Scott-Rowley packs an almighty punch with his one man show This is Not Culturally Significant. Twelve characters struggling with the every day, are pieced together in this brutal, beaut…

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SCENES FROM AN URBAN GOTHIC – Vaults by Laura Kressly

No words, no set, one man and one chair. Using soundscape, lighting and actor James Cross’ elastic limbs, Theatre Imaginers have created an innovative physical performance of a man’s dis…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

SUMMER NIGHTS IN SPACE – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Since he was little, John Spartan has been obsessed with outer space. His whole existence revolves around being an astronaut so as a young man, he enrolls in Space Base in order to fulfill h…

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DROLL – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Drolls (director Brice Stratford explains) were short, raucous, illegal plays from the 17th Century. Oliver Cromwell and the Puritan interregnum banned theatre from 1642, but drolls were per…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

BEAU BRUMMEL – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

Locked away in a convent in Calais, a mad Beau Brummel and his valet bide their time until the visiting Prince of Wales passes. Disgraced by debts acquired from living well beyond his means,…

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BLOOD & BONE – Vaults by Laura Kressly

A political satire, blended with sexualised humour, with a sprinkle of fertiliser-addicted plants that just want to have fun with their mates – what more could you ask for on a Wednesday n…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

LA RONDE – The Bunker by Laura Kressly

The Bunker, London – until 11 March 2017 Last year, Elon Musk suggested it’s likely that our entire existence is a computer simulation made by some highly evolved species. The simula…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

VILLAIN – King’s Head by Laura Kressly

Is there a choice you wouldn’t have made, if you had known how that decision would have turned out? That is the question asked in Villain.

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As a concept, it’s a sound one – both time periods are troubled by populism, poverty and fundamentalism. The production is, unfortunately, hugely disappointing.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ASH – Vaults by Laura Kressly

The Yorkshire town where Ash is set loves smoking, and the residents aren’t set to quit anytime soon – George Crozier certainly isn’t planning to.

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WUNDERKAMMER – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Wunderkammer works by having a professional make a speech in front of the audience and performers, and from that the ensemble and musicians take ideas, stories and characters and make a seri…

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MASURCA FOGO – Sadler’s Wells by Laura Kressly

Masurca Fogo, the show appearing this week at Sadler’s Wells, is a piece from 1998 when Bausch and the company were making a series of works inspired by cities. This work is inspired by Li…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Developed in collaboration with director/dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain, My World Has Exploded a Little Bit is Bella Heesom’s response to her parents’ deaths occurring within a few years…

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SAVE + QUIT – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Writer Sophie Leuner clearly has plenty of great character ideas that work well on stage and an innate sense for narrative storytelling, but choosing to put these people within the same fram…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

David Byrne’s lyrics to ‘This Must Be the Place’, one of the biggest hits from Talking Heads, can be easily seen as the inspiration for the production of This Must Be the Place

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DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY- Arts Theatre by Laura Kressly

Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna have the sort of falling-in-love story you see in movies. The two years that it took them to get together are a ridiculous mashup of drunken disorder, absurd co…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

HEARING THINGS – Vaults by Laura Kressly

Hearing Things is a show that sets out to show how these issues are played out at ground level and how they affect those that manage and use mental health services on a day-to-day basis.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE CELLO – Vaults by Laura Kressly

by guest critic Jo Trainor It’s pouring rain and three strangers are waiting. An endless wait that is made unbearable by the constant cellist in the corner of the room. Matei Visniec&#…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE HIV MONOLOGUES – Ace Hotel by Laura Kressly

Diagnosis, dread, death, devotion, Patrick Cash has written five interlocking, thoughtful monologues that explore HIV from the most human perspective.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

WE ARE IAN – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

What follows is nearly an hour of tremendous fun in the most ridiculous, discombobulating but ultimately touching and life affirming way possible. The show is built around an interview by a …

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Sunday, February 5, 2017


Language. Love. Since time immemorial, human beings have been trying to capture in words the essence of this most nuanced of emotions.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SPACE PLAY – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

In recent years, tales of space travel have been making more of an appearance in theatre. Space Play looks at the aftermath of orbital collision with space debris, inspired by the events of …

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

DADDY’S GIRL – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Prison dramas are practically a genre in their own right on television and the silver screen, but for the stage they are not so common. Daddy’s Girl, which is directed by Alice Malin, focu…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A YEAR FROM NOW – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Lip-synced verbatim is a new experience for this reviewer, and if you’re not used to it there is a brief moment where you need to get on board with the style. Luckily Red Belly Black are s…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

WORLDS – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Housed in the studio space at the Vault Festival, which exudes graffiti-chic and pulls hip, supportive and discerning audiences, Bruised Sky productions presents Worlds, written and directed…

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THE SUBTERRANEAN SEASON – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

A calcification called Danny Dyer, porn, truffle oil and guitar guns – PLAY Theatre company are back at the VAULT Festival after winning the People’s Choice Award last year. The Subterra…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

WAYWARD – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Cat Loud enters rather awkwardly down stairs from behind the audience, exclaiming nervously, ‘oh, it’s starting’ before bemoaning her choice of footwear. These moments of informal mono…

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POLITIC MAN – Ivy House by Laura Kressly

Alison Mead’s Politic Man chronicles the lives of Alfred and Ada Salter, an activist and political couple living and working in the Bermondsey slums of the early 1900s – I’d never enco…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ONLY BONES – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Short and sweet, classic and comical. Thomas Monckton performs a solo piece glued to his spot, centre stage beneath a low hanging lamp, which obscures his body from the shoulders up for at l…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

HOLDING THE MAN – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Laura Kressly

Tim Conigrave and John Caleo’s decade-spanning relationship was undoubtedly a gorgeous thing to behold. Meeting as school boys in 1970s Melbourne and staying together into the 1990s, their…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

THE COLLECTOR – Greenwich Theatre by Laura Kressly

When the British army arrived in Northern Ireland, beleaguered Catholics came onto the streets offering them tea, biscuits and cake. How long did it take for the story to change to the one t…

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