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Friday, February 23, 2018

‘Language is beautifully used’: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA – Cervantes Theatre by Laura Kressly

In The House of Bernarda Alba at Cervantes Theatre, Lorquian language is beautifully used and the production showcases bright and powerful actresses on stage.

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‘Makes for theatre that packs a punch’: ANGRY – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

“Remember me; I sparkled.” Philip Ridley’s ability to write about the most grotesque scenarios with the most beautiful language will never cease to amaze. His latest offering is Angry …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Joyful but baffling’: NAPOLEON DISROBED – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

There’s a lot to like about Napoleon Disrobed at the Arcola Theatre, but its focus on getting laughs in individual moments means the narrative arc is neglected. Only a little work is neede…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Moving mix of high emotion & comedy’: TIGER – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Tiger strikes a great balance between highly emotional drama and the comedy of a man dressed as a tiger, doing yoga.

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‘Hits a perfect balance’: MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF SOHO – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

The night before Parliament votes on Section 28, an amendment to the Local Government Act which prevents schools or similar local authorities from promoting homosexuality, Margaret Thatcher …

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‘A lot of potential’: BREAKFAST – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

With bolder, physical choices and more exploration of the theatrical material, Breakfast has a lot of potential.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘It needs seasoning’: CONSUMABLES – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

There is a an interesting story to be told here, but Consumables needs further research and development. Despite its charm, it is far too bland.

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‘Quick to captivate the audience’: ELSA – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Narrating the colourful conversations and interactions Elsa encounters, enhanced by the beautiful transitions of lighting states, Rogers brings magic to our everyday moments with her musical…

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‘Comic pedigree but needs some polish’: A SERIOUS PLAY ABOUT WORLD WAR II – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

By the time A Serious Play About World War II hits Edinburgh, it may well have enough about it to prove a hit. However, it currently needs a fair amount of work before the company can call i…

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‘Interesting piece of writing on a little-discussed topic’: YOU – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Mark Wilson’s two-hander You is constantly shifting with Kathryn O’Reilly and Stephen Myatt-Meadows slipping from one character to another, circling each other, sometimes with love, some…

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‘Lovely imagining of what was & might have been’: MAD AS HELL – Jermyn Street Theatre by Laura Kressly

Mad as Hell is the story of little known Eletha Barrett (Vanessa Donovan), a Jamaican woman who was married to film star Peter Finch (Stephen Hogan), for his final 12 years.

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‘One of those “grab a friend & discuss endlessly” productions’: THE B*EASTS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

The punches just keep coming in The B*easts. It’s one of those “grab a friend and discuss endlessly” productions, and the more we do chat with each other, hopefully the more we can avo…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Directed with energy & passion’: I HAVE A MOUTH & I WILL SCREAM – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

I can appreciate the effort made by the company in I Have a Mouth & I Will Scream to address the fundamental difficulty of being a contemporary feminist, but I am left a little wanting.

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‘Sideswiped with emotion’: SURPRISE! – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

Surprise! feels incredibly original and defies genre. It also touched on the issue of mental health in such a poignant way, that once Silver had spoken honestly and directly about how much t…

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‘Structurally simple but linguistically rich’: GIRLS & BOYS – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Girls & Boys at the Royal Court Theatre is a necessary contribution to mainstream subsidised theatre and unquestionably deserving of a place in contemporary feminist theatre’s canon.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

‘Embodies every part of resilience women have inside of them’: MISSION ABORT – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

Therese Ramstedt’s Mission Abort shares a personal experience of abortion which she clearly holds very close to her heart. She sheds a punchy and humorous take on something that needs to b…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Different perspectives’: STUD/IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at The Vaults, on the other hand, is an excellent example of theatre which explores gay love and queer identity from an unfamiliar…

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‘Snappy and deeply moving’: AI LOVE YOU – Vault Festival by Laura Kressly

AI Love You, part of the Vault Festival, holds up a mirror to the technological challenges facing society in a way similar to the Netflix hit series Black Mirror and asks the question: “Is…

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‘Worthy, if unclear, ideals’: GOLD COAST – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

The poor script and production fails to serve the impact of PTSD underlying Gold Coast at Theatre503, a significant overhaul is needed to give it potency.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

‘A stellar performance not to be missed’: THE MOOR – Old Red Lion Theatre by Laura Kressly

Catherine Lucie’s play The Moor is performed in a murder mystery style as we try to figure out, along with the central character, what exactly happened on the night of a party where a pote…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

‘Compelling work’: THE DRILL – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

The Drill is a compelling work from this young company quickly establishing themselves as one of the country’s leading company of theatremakers.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Keeps us interested & entertained throughout’: ASSMONKEY: IN CONVERSATION – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

Assmonkey: In Conversation at The Vaults is a show full of stand-up comedy, songs, dance and yoga and it will move you when you least expect it.

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‘Moments of real beauty’: MEDEA ELECTRONICA – Ovalhouse by Laura Kressly

Like many recent Medea revivals, Pecho Mama has tried to make the audience understand Medea’s actions, but here, like with others, they fail in articulating this huge moment in the play. T…

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‘Dark & brutally honest’: GUNDOG – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Gundog at the Royal Court Theatre joins other plays in recent years about farming and rural life, standing out in its bleakness, thematic complexity and disarming poetry. This small play has…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

‘The tension never sags’: AGAIN – Trafalgar Studios by Laura Kressly

Stephanie Jacob’s new play Again at the Trafalgar Studios could be a traditional comedy-drama about the trials and tribulations of a family, but the writer employs a clever dramaturgical d…

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‘Enthralling if partially unfulfilling’: JOY – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

All Good Artists Are Dead returns with its second show as a collective: Joy is a wide-ranging and stretchy exploration of diaspora and sex. Dina Gordon performs as Joy, a woman who contains …

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‘Performances are winning, script charming’: OTHELLO — Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

It’s hard to know how to reframe the complexities of envy and irrational hate in youthful terms for Othello at the Union Theatre, but though Cornelissen doesn’t always quite manage it, t…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘Deftness & sensitivity’: BOYS – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

Boys at The Vaults is exploration of manhood, of masculinity, of what it means to be a man of colour in the UK today.

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‘Like watching a delicate tennis match’: BLACKOUT – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

Even though Blackout at The Vaults isn’t a piece of forum theatre, we feel invited to really explore the situation as if we are one of the characters.

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‘Stories you never see represented onstage’: WHITE – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

Are we people of colour? Are we BME? Are we taking the space of those who need it more? Just hearing those thoughts expressed onstage in White at the Vault Festival, in a space I love and ch…

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‘Bizarrely not bizarre enough’: THE THING THAT CAME TO DINNER – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Laura Kressly

The concept of The Thing That Came to Dinner at The Vaults is not bad and there can be something pleasurable in watching people be properly silly on stage, but what manifests on stage seems …

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