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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘I used my personal experience as a starting point’: Michelle Payne brings Sad About The Cows to the Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

This week playwright, director and performer Michelle Payne brings her one-woman show Sad About The Cows to Tristan Bates Theatre.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Nostalgic & unashamedly ridiculous comedy musical’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Liz Dyer

Summer Street never pretends to be anything other than what it is: a spoof comedy musical that takes an already over-the-top TV format and takes it up another notch or three.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘One thing that can’t be denied is the quality of the performances’: HAIR – Touring by Liz Dyer

Maybe what’s most shocking about Hair isn’t the nudity or the drugs, but the fact that 50 years have passed and nothing’s really changed.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘The kind of thought-provoking play that keeps giving’: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons – Barons Court Theatre by Liz Dyer

A polished and carefully directed production, Lemons is the kind of thought-provoking play that keeps giving, with plenty of material to ensure an excellent debate in the bar afterwards.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘Thrilling, funny & endlessly creative in its storytelling’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Greenwich Theatre & Touring by Liz Dyer

The Sign of Four is fast-paced family fun, a great piece of storytelling with a little bit of everything: mystery, comedy, romance (and bromance), and even a bit of a history lesson.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

‘Makes a powerful & lasting impact’: STARVED – Bread & Roses Theatre by Liz Dyer

Michael Black’s two-hander Starved is a quietly challenging and impactful play, which provides an eye-opening insight into what it’s like to live in poverty in Britain today.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Witty & heartwarming story of female friendship’: EGGS – Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

Florence Keith-Roach’s two-hander Eggs is a story of two very different women, known only as Girl One and Girl Two. They’ve been friends for years, but lately it’s been becoming harder…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘Eloquent tribute & engaging entertainment’: EMPTY ROOM – Touring by Liz Dyer

Named for the only song her parents wrote together, which opens and closes the performance, Miriam Gould’s Empty Room is a deeply personal one-woman show that explores her family history a…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘Inventive & well-executed reimagining’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Rose Playhouse by Liz Dyer

OVO’s reimagining of Twelfth Night brings a fresh perspective to a story many of us will have seen several times before, and that in itself is quite an achievement.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘A fascinating true story skilfully told’: THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE – Touring by Liz Dyer

The Trials of Oscar Wilde, co-written by John O’Connor and Oscar Wilde’s grandson Merlin Holland, is based on court transcripts from the two trials, and charts Wilde’s rapid downfall.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘A sympathetic & respectful portrayal’: TONY’S LAST TAPE – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

Andy Barrett’s play Tony’s Last Tape is a sympathetic and respectful portrayal of a man who went into politics for the right reasons and who never wavered from his convictions.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

‘Tragically, it still feels all too relevant’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End by Liz Dyer

Funny, heartwarming, fascinating, tragic and devastating, Fiddler on the Roof is an unusual but hugely powerful musical, and this production brings out the very best in it.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Thought-provoking & witty’: MARY’S BABIES – Jermyn Street Theatre by Liz Dyer

For the most part, though, Mary’s Babies is enjoyable and witty, and surprisingly easy to follow despite its complicated structure. A thought-provoking play, and an impressive feat of endu…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Promising & well performed debut: NEVER TRUST A MAN BUN – Stockwell Playhouse by Liz Dyer

Never Trust a Man Bun is a promising and well performed debut, peppered with some great one-liners and laugh out loud moments.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘Practically bursts with creative talent’: 100% CHANCE OF RAIN – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

This time around Chickenshed’s inclusive theatre company is exploring mental health in new show, 100% Chance of Rain.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Intelligent & thought-provoking’: ANGRY ALAN – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

Angry Alan might appear at first glance to be a comedy (albeit a pretty dark one), and there are plenty of laughs to be had at the expense of both Roger and his new friends in the men’s ri…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘Impossible to ignore how relevant the story still is’: STRIKE UP THE BAND – Upstairs at the Gatehouse by Liz Dyer

Occasionally bewildering and frequently ridiculous, Strike Up The Band is nevertheless always great fun.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Hilarious hour of unique entertainment’: NOTFLIX – THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – Vault Festival by Liz Dyer

So if you’re in the mood for something silly, fun and boasting some serious improv talent, Notflix – The improvised Musical is an hilarious hour of entertainment that’s also totally un…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Darkly humorous & deeply unsettling’: FEED – Vault Festival by Liz Dyer

You might think twice about going back online after watching Theatre Témoin’s Feed. You might, but you probably won’t – which is exactly the point this darkly humorous and deeply unse…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘Great to see a British musical flourishing’: CALENDAR GIRLS – Touring by Liz Dyer

All in all, Calendar Girls is a really enjoyable evening’s entertainment and it’s great to see a British musical flourishing.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘Gripping & superbly acted piece of theatre’: Good Dog – Touring by Liz Dyer

It’s almost eight years since the riots that spread across London, sparked by the fatal shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham. Arinzé Kene’s good dog tells the story of that su…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘The emotional impact is off the scale’: COME FROM AWAY – West End by Liz Dyer

Come From Away is a funny, moving and uplifting new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Having won Best Musical awards across North America, the show now arrives in London where, if the…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Likeable, intelligent & witty’: RATTLED – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Inspired by a mother’s true account, Rachel Harper’s one-woman play Rattled is a short but punchy production tackling the sensitive topics of childhood trauma and postnatal mental health.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘A powerful piece of new writing that will break your heart’: SOFT ANIMALS – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

soft animals at Soho Theatre is a powerful piece of new writing that will break your heart – but then might just quietly put it back together again. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

‘An emotional rollercoaster with troubles that we can all relate to’: THE BAND – Touring ★★★★ by Liz Dyer

Surprisingly The Band – the new musical by Tim Firth interwoven with a plethora of Take That hits – is not a story of how The Band rose to fame, and their ups and downs. Instead the tale…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

‘Enjoyably relatable’: THE ORCHESTRA – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

The show must go on… but at what cost? In Jean Anouilh’s The Orchestra, set just after World War II, petty in-fighting and lingering suspicions between the members of an orchestra in a s…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘A magical experience to watch it unfold’: TARO – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

Taro focuses on an incredible life honoured by a gorgeous, goosebump-inducing production – you really don’t want to miss this one.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘Certainly leaves you with plenty to think about’: CUZCO – Theatre503 by Liz Dyer

Machu Picchu isn’t the only thing in ruins by the end of Cuzco, an intense two-hander about the fiery death of a relationship by Spanish playwright Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Thrilling, surprising & challenging’: NO SHOW – Soho Theatre by Liz Dyer

Ellie Dubois’ No Show is a circus performance with a difference. It features five talented female circus professionals – Francesca Hyde, Kate McWilliam, Michelle Ross, Alice Gilmartin an…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘A haunting exploration of human nature’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Liz Dyer

A haunting exploration of human nature with a side helping of political intrigue, Outlying Islands is highly recommended for bird-watchers and people-watchers alike.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘As enlightening as it is entertaining’: GENTLEMAN JACK – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

Gentleman Jack shines a light not only on Anne Lister’s life and legacy as both a woman and a lesbian, but also on the rigid 19th century attitudes that she set out to challenge.

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