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Sunday, April 25, 2021

‘Powerful, personal & poignant’: TALKING GODS – Arrows & Traps (Online review) by Liz Dyer

You wait all year for an Arrows & Traps production… and then five come along at once. Unable to return to the stage just yet, Arrows have instead taken to the screen – and given the …

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

‘A witty, fast-paced musical adventure’: THE LEGEND OF MOBY DICK WHITTINGTON – Sleeping Trees (Online review) by Liz Dyer

The Sleeping Trees’ The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington is a witty, fast-paced musical adventure that’s full of surprises and will have audiences of all ages joining in from (and possibl…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

‘Entertaining & polished fictional thriller’: WHAT A CARVE UP! (Online review) by Liz Dyer

Tamara Harvey’s digital production of What a Carve Up! skilfully builds the suspense, while also systematically taking apart those in power who enjoy all the benefits of their position, wh…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

‘The show charts the experience of migration through six phases’: WAITING FOR THE SHIP TO SAIL – Chickenshed Theatre (Online review) by Liz Dyer

Waiting For The Ship To Sail is a worthwhile reminder that while our minds and our media may currently be focused on one crisis, that doesn’t mean other, equally urgent, issues have gone a…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

‘Compelling, provocative drama’: STICKS & STONES – Tristan Bates Theatre by Liz Dyer

Written by Dameon Garnett in response to the ongoing debate around free speech, Sticks and Stones is a fascinating two-hander that explores how we talk about issues of race, class and privil…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

‘Intense & thoughtful’: MEAT – Theatre 503 by Liz Dyer

Meat is an intense and thoughtful play, which doesn’t spoon feed answers to its audience but instead poses a set of questions and leaves us to process them in our own way and within the fr…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

‘Powerful & thought-provoking piece of writing’: NETFLIX & CHILL – Drayton Arms Theatre by Liz Dyer

It’s great to see how Netflix and Chill has grown and the important message that now comes through loud and clear about male mental health and the responsibility we all have to encourage f…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

‘Fascinating, entertaining & surprisingly poignant’: CHAPLIN: BIRTH OF A TRAMP – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

If you’ve ever wondered how this particular legend was born, the play Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp offers a fascinating, entertaining and surprisingly poignant way to find out.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

‘Potential to spark lively debate’: FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT – Bridewell Theatre by Liz Dyer

As the Brexit debate continues to rage on, Harry Darell’s timely new play For The Sake of Argument considers the ways in which language can be used for both better and worse,

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

‘Asks some refreshing questions’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

As a slightly weary Twelfth Night veteran, personally I enjoyed this more sombre adaptation of the play, which remains accessible to newcomers while offering a fresh perspective to those who…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

‘A tough but fascinating watch’: Lullabies for the Lost & The Delights of Dogs – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

The content of Lullabies for the Lost and The Delights of Dogs and the Problems of People is intensely real and raw and shines a spotlight on a variety of mental health issues in a very pers…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

‘Polished & precise production’: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Tower Theatre by Liz Dyer

Pan Productions’ unique and memorable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest is the company’s first production in English, its cast being made up entirely …

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘Guaranteed to warm your heart’: SNOW WHITE – Chickenshed Theatre by Liz Dyer

As always, Chickenshed’s Christmas show Snow White is a festive treat that’s guaranteed to warm your heart and send you home feeling a little bit better about the world. Who can say no t…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Delivers in style’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – West End by Liz Dyer

Before long the stage is overflowing with so much joy, romance and goodwill to all that ultimately, much like the snow song, this White Christmas proves impossible to resist.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘Powerfully written & performed’: POISONED POLLUTED – Old Red Lion Theatre by Liz Dyer

Kathryn O’Reilly’s second play Poisoned Polluted focuses on the fragmenting relationship between two women – in this case, sisters.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

‘Intriguing & full of surprises’: GASLIGHT – Playground Theatre by Liz Dyer

While this reimagining of Gaslight doesn’t necessarily deliver on all its promises, the production does successfully highlight the continuing relevance of both the story and its core issue.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘Horror movie aspect threatens to dominant’: FAST – Park Theatre by Liz Dyer

Based on a true story, Kate Barton’s play Fast invites its audience into the disturbing world of “Dr” Linda Hazzard (Caroline Lawrie), whose controversial fasting diet method claimed t…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

‘Clever & intriguing premise’: THE OPEN – The Space by Liz Dyer

As with any dystopian drama, the central idea of Florence Bell’s The Open – the GBGC itself – sounds far-fetched, but the foundations on which it’s built aren’t all that implausibl…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

‘Feels like we’re discovering it for the first time’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring by Liz Dyer

Arrows & Traps’ The Strange Case Of Jekyll & Hyde is one for a new generation: an endlessly thought-provoking, unsettling, enthralling production that’s not to be missed.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘The storytelling aspect is what makes it unique’: RIVER IN THE SKY – Hope Theatre by Liz Dyer

Just as much as the emotional impact, though, it’s the unique and original approach to the subject matter that makes this debut production from Turn Point Theatre particularly memorable.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘A potent reminder of how easily & arbitrarily mental illness can strike’: EQUUS – West End by Liz Dyer

Touching on themes of religion, sexuality and more than one form of mental illness, the play asks some difficult questions and frequently makes for unsettling viewing, and yet Ned Bennett’…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

‘Quite literally roars on to the stage’: 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew – Touring by Liz Dyer

While most of us would probably be willing to admit that Taming of the Shrew is far from Shakespeare’s best, Canadian actor, writer and comedian Gillian English has gone a step further and…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘I think we need to honour & keep revisiting LGBTQ history’: Ben SantaMaria’s Really Want to Hurt Me goes on tour by Liz Dyer

Writer and director Ben SantaMaria experienced for himself growing up as a gay man in 80s Britain. He wrote the autobiographical show Really Want to Hurt Me as a way to explore what has – …

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

‘Essential viewing’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre by Liz Dyer

With immigrants across the USA bracing for planned Ice raids this weekend, Lunatic 19’s, a topical new play by Iowa-based writer Tegan McLeod, shines a spotlight on the soullessness and ab…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

‘Two hours of silliness & escapism’: ONE GIANT LEAP – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Liz Dyer

One Giant Leap is a very silly story with no other mission in mind but providing two hours of pure entertainment.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

’Lots more to recommend it besides nostalgia’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios by Liz Dyer

Dark Sublime is a rare personal drama about an older gay woman trying to find her place and identity in a changing world, with plenty of laughs – particularly aimed at the world of showbiz…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Shakespeare wouldn’t want it any other way’: OTHELLO: REMIXED – Omnibus Theatre by Liz Dyer

In touching on topical issues like knife and gun crime, drugs, discrimination, misogyny and the disaffection of young people in the UK today, Othello: Remixed demonstrates how Shakespeare’…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘A story the world still needs to hear’: BARE: A POP OPERA – The Vaults by Liz Dyer

There’s nothing historic about the issues Bare: A Pop Opera tackles, as is emotionally demonstrated in the powerful finale of this new London production at The Vaults.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘I tend to write about people whose stories don’t usually get told’: James Martin Charlton premieres his new play Reformation by Liz Dyer

James Martin Charlton is an award-winning playwright whose previous work includes the critically acclaimed Fat Souls, I Really Must Be Getting Off and Coward. This week sees the premiere of …

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘Such an absorbing 70 minutes of theatre’: HEDGEHOG – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Liz Dyer

Insightful, relatable and beautifully performed, let’s hope, unlike the eponymous hedgehog, Hedgehog has a long life ahead.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

‘A polished cast expertly deliver the political satire’: BREXIT – King’s Head Theatre by Liz Dyer

Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky could have come up with a more creative title for their acclaimed political comedy Brexit – but they didn’t really need to, given that actual Brexit has been…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre