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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘It’s all rather charming, really’: THE LATE HARNESS REBELLION – Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Online Show) ★★★ by Louise Penn

Tamás Milhofer brings his show The Late Harness Rebellion to the digital strand of the Edinburgh Fringe with the collaboration of Unmuted Participants.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

‘Your choice, your experience’: TREE CONFESSIONS – Camden Fringe (Online Show) by Louise Penn

Written by Jenny Lyn Bader and narrated by Kathleen Chalfant, Tree Confessions is a 34-minute audio show which most recently streamed as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe.

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

‘Quirky & complex piece’: THE FALL – Original Theatre (Online Show) by Louise Penn

New play The Fall, by Drew Hewitt, forms part of the triple bill of readings staged at the Riverside Studios and now available via on-demand streaming.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

‘Gets the audience involved at every turn’: Puncture the Screen: Keep The Lights On (Online Show) by Louise Penn

Kill The Cat’s live-stream of Keep The Lights On comes to YouTube on-demand in a 40-minute work in progress piece as part of Puncture the Screen which is a matrix based game to “turn off…

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

‘Taut but puzzling tale of revenge’: RETRIBUTION DAY (Online Show) by Louise Penn

In advance of its appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe, this film version of Retribution Day, described to me by its creators as “a marmite piece” is a taut but puzzling tale of revenge.

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

‘Clever, sharp & heavily detailed’: THE END OF THE NIGHT (Online Show) by Louise Penn

A tight 80-minute three-hander (two other minor characters appear briefly), Original Theatre’s The End of the Night is not an easy watch but it is quite brilliant, and lends itself perfect…

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

‘A show to lift your spirits’: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Touring by Louise Penn

Based on the iconic 1952 musical film featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain has both a great pedigree and a lot to live up to. Now touring after…

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

‘Lovely hybrid between audiobook & theatre experience’: KISSES ON A POSTCARD (Online Show) by Louise Penn

Streaming in two versions, a concept album at two hours available for free, and a four hour one for purchase, Kisses on a Postcard is an episodic piece which can be enjoyed in short bursts b…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

‘A fingernail under the surface of a world which only exists online’: THE COLLAB – The Space (Online Show) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

In The Collab writer Lauren Morley has created a piece totally on the pulse of the young people who live by their likes and engagements. Ella seeks that million followers and the validation …

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

‘Fluid, flowing & fierce’: PRACTICE OF ZEN – Brighton Fringe (Online Show) by Louise Penn

Practice of Zen considers the traditions, practicality, sensuality and strength of swordplay and resilience. Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles, this piece by Theatre …

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Friday, May 27, 2022

‘Chatty, open & brave’: SHATTERED – Brighton Fringe (Online Show) ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Diana Varco brings her own experiences to this one-woman show, now streaming at the Brighton Fringe. The topics of abuse and sexual assault may not be an obvious choice for comedy, but Varco…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

‘Grab your inflatable banana & you’ll have a ball’: ALRIGHT BITCHES! – Above the Stag Theatre by Louise Penn

We’re in Gran Canaria, where the paint is peeling on the chalets over at Los Hombres. Chatty guide Thabian (Kane Verrall) tells us over the tannoy we’re there to have a good time. This i…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

‘Intimate & immediate’: LA BOHEME – King’s Head Theatre ★★★ by Louise Penn

Mark Ravenhill’s production of La Boheme is pared down to 90 minutes and four on-stage characters, with a piano taking the place of an orchestra. This makes it intimate and immediate.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

‘An intriguing piece of historical drama set in the wilds of Scotland’: THE STRAW CHAIR – Finborough Theatre by Louise Penn

Sue Glover’s play is set on Hirta, the largest island on St Kilda, and takes inspiration from the story of Rachel Erskine, Lady Grange, in the eighteenth century.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

‘A little cheesy, a little heart-rending, a little bit spectacular, but always fun’: BONNIE & CLYDE – Arts Theatre by Louise Penn

Composed by Frank Wildhorn with lyrics by Don Black, the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s road to infamy is perhaps best known from Arthur Penn’s classic 1967 film. Compo…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

‘Everything is heightened’: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Louise Penn

Even a minor Sondheim has something to recommend it, and ticking this one off leaves just two of his shows left for me to see live. My knowledge of Anyone Can Whistle was confined to…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

‘Who is the user & who is being used?’: DIRTY HEARTS – Old Red Lion Theatre by Louise Penn

Dirty Hearts, a new play by Paul Murphy, looks at relationships, friendships, ethics, secrets and morals close to home.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

‘What makes this a really good show is its ability to connect with its audience without taking itself too seriously’: &JULIET – West End by Louise Penn

My first visit to this flashy jukebox musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was in December 2019, so it was great fun to revisit recently.

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

‘A heartfelt piece of drama with a magical realism frost’: FRIDGE – Hope Theatre by Louise Penn

Emma Zadow’s new play, Fridge, is a three-hander set in 21st century rural Norfolk as two sisters and a schoolfriend reunite seven years after a catastrophic event.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

‘A bottle & two men, but also much more’: THE RED – Original Theatre (Online show) by Louise Penn

A father and son meet in a wine cellar. The son is a recovering alcoholic, and his dad (a ghost, who left the son a nice bottle of red wine in his will) doesn’t seem to understand the harm…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

‘Perplexing but with enough intrigue to keep you wanting to know more’: GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC – Park Theatre by Louise Penn

Ghosts of the Titanic is set in the time following the disaster – near enough for it to be in the immediate memory, far enough for people to have moved on, hungry for other stories.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

‘Fizzes with energy from the moment the lights go down’: PASSION FRUIT – New Diorama Theatre by Louise Penn

We watch Romeo’s journey from the age of five (with his mum painting his nails) to eighteen, always knowing he was gay but dealing with the expectations of his peers as a young black man.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

‘An interesting piece of theatre that holds its meaning just out of reach’: THE FOREST – Hampstead Theatre by Louise Penn

Florian Zeller’s puzzles of the mind (The Father, The Mother, The Son, The Height of the Storm) continue to baffle audiences in his new play, The Forest, now in residence at Hampstead’s …

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

‘It’s flashy, frank & fabulous’: STEVE – Seven Dials Playhouse by Louise Penn

Steven (a demonstrative David Ames) is celebrating his 47th birthday at the Manhattan branch of Joe Allen’s, where posters from little-remembered shows line the walls.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

‘A well-written & thoughtful piece, curiously understated at times’: TELL ME STRAIGHT – Chiswick Playhouse by Louise Penn

Paul Bradshaw stars in his own coming-of-age comedy drama as Him, a young gay man finding his way through casual romance in London. With George Greenland utilising a coat stand and ta…

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Friday, February 18, 2022

‘This is no mere imitation or hagiography’: AN EVENING WITHOUT KATE BUSH – Soho Theatre by Louise Penn

I wouldn’t call myself a Kate Bush fan, one of the shoal of ‘fish people’ who revere her, yet her songs have soundtracked my formative years. So she’s always been there in spirit. …

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Friday, February 11, 2022

‘Treats its characters & subjects with respect & dignity’: RIOT ACT – Stream Theatre (Online review) by Louise Penn

Alexis Gregory’s one-man show is a passionate and engrossing piece of theatre, created and assembled from verbatim accounts from gay men who have encountered key points in queer history.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

‘A bit of Hollywood has come to Hammersmith’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios by Louise Penn

Inspired by Peter Evans’ biography, released after Ava Gardner’s death, Elizabeth McGovern stars as the actress in the last years of her life, living in London.

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Monday, February 7, 2022

‘Moments of beauty & a lot of unanswered questions’: THE WINSTON MACHINE – New Diorama Theatre by Louise Penn

Advertised as “an epic, intimate, family saga’, this new show from theatre company Kandinsky is certainly innovative in its approach. Devised by its three performers (Nathaniel Ch…

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Watch out for: Spotlighting more of the lost shows of Vault Festival 2022 by Louise Penn

This is the second in a series highlighting shows and companies that should have played during at this year's cancelled Vault Festival and should have a future life elsewhere.

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Monday, January 31, 2022

‘A powerful & engrossing musical’: THRILL ME The Leopold & Loeb Story – Jermyn Street Theatre by Louise Penn

Matthew Parker’s revival of the popular off-Broadway musical based on the story of teenage murderers Nathan Leopold (1904-1971) and Richard Loeb (1905-1936) is now is residence at the tiny…

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