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Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Everything is up for grabs’: WITT ’N CAMP – Vault Festival by Michael Davis

There’s no one quite like Witt ’n Camp. ‘Singing’ classic rap songs in the style of opera, Charlie Howitt (Witt) and Holly Campbell (Camp) have subtlely dispensed with the distinctio…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Veracity, rawness and sincerity’: ANGRY – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Philip Ridley’s Angry is a series of gender-neutral monologues which vary in length and intensity, but most importantly all feature moments of anger (or anger-based incidents integral to t…

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‘Much fun to be had’: Bump! – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Bump, directed by Michael Woodwood at The Vaults, the collision of two individuals one fateful day forever changes their respective lives.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Satisfying mix of satire, commentary and song’: THE VAGINA DIALOGUES – Vault Festival by Michael Davis

Volvas’ The Vagina Dialogues is often humorous with a broad appeal, but there also is a weight to the more serious topics, like an iron fist within a velvet glove.

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‘Interesting ideas’: COTTON – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Michael Davis

Imagine you could take a pill that could bestow prolonged periods of effortless intense concentration. Written and directed by Alex Benjamin, Cotton looks at this hypothesis through the angl…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘A novel take on female millennials’: ELSA – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

With laughs, wit and social commentary in abundance, Elsa – at The Vaults – will surely put Isobel Rogers on the map.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

‘So much more than an intellectual exercise’: THE SOUL OF WITTGENSTEIN – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

True to form, Ron Elisha’s play The Soul of Wittgenstein is set during the Second World War, but while one of the protagonists is steeped in profound thoughts, the play is so much more tha…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

‘Has the audience eating out of her hand’: LA REVUE EN ROSE – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

With other classic karaoke hymns such as ‘I Will Survive’ punctuating the show, Tempest Rose’s La Revue en Rose sends its audience out not with a heavy heart, but with a reminder that …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Smiles & substance’: BICYCLES & FISH – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Katie Arnstein’s Bicycles and Fish at The Vaults really is fun – guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face, while also having something of substance to say.

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‘As first plays go, it’s a corker’: THE CAT’S MOTHER – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Imagine a domestic black comedy written by Martin McDonagh. It’s a bit of an over-simplification, but that’s kind of the flavour of Erica Murray’s debut play The Cat’s Mother at The …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

‘Opening up a can of worms’: AI Love You – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

With scientists speculating that advances in computing will lead to artificial intelligence, it’s not so hard to believe that in the near future, there will be an attempt to create ‘arti…

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‘Sensitive storytelling’: BE PREPARED – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Michael Davis

Writer/performer Ian Bonar enters with a portable keyboard/organ. This immediately makes me think of James Rowland’s 100 Different Words For Love, which was performed at The Vaults last ye…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘Unexplored perspective’: THINK OF ENGLAND – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Madeline Gould and directed by Tilly Branson, Anonymous is a Woman’s Think of England at the Vault Festival takes an unexplored perspective of women in wartime Britain.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

‘Endearing performance’: LITTLE DID I KNOW – Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

From one perspective, the path that Aanesah endures in Little Did I Know can be seen to be a microcosm of women over thousands of years, always hoping for a better tomorrow, but enduring har…

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‘Themes of truth & closure’: BLACK MOUNTAIN – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Brad Birch’s Black Mountain, we meet Pau and Rebecca who have taken a trip to the countryside. It’s soon apparent this ‘retreat’ isn’t for a rest or holiday, but a chance to tal…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘Visceral experience’: MEDEA ELECTRONICA – Ovalhouse ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Medea Electronica bridges the gap between being a theatre company and a band; at the Ovalhouse Pecho Mama has crafted a compelling, contemporary take on the Medea legend.

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‘Extraordinary poignancy’: MOMENTS & EMPTY BEDS – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

On the strength of Pennyworth Productions’ latest offering, it won’t be long before it is as well-known as the more seasoned theatre companies working in the UK today.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘Interesting deconstruction of noir’: DOUBLE INFEMNITY – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Michael Davis

Double Infemnity at the Vault Festival explores, amongst other things, a woman working in law enforcement in a virtually all-male environment – much like Marvel’s Agent Carter.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

‘Universal relevance’: COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Jen Silverman’s play Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties, staged at the Southwark Playhouse, there are five characters who all have the same name, but are different as can be.

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‘Unlike anything else you’re ever likely to see’: CAT LOUD: TO THE END OF THE WORLD! – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Imagining a time in the near future when mankind’s environmental misdeeds catch up with ‘him’, that’s the focus of Cat Loud: To The End Of The World at the Vault Festival.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Brings events into focus’: A LETTER FROM AUSCHWITZ – Tara Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Much like Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre, the importance of humanity in A Lesson From Auschwitz is emphasised by the negation of it. The play, understandably, can’t be said to be ‘enjoyable…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

‘Holding fake news to question’: THE PEOPLE’S ROCK: A MUSICAL – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

As a story, The People’s Rock: A Musical at the Vault Festival is both intimate and ‘large’ in its scope, using the tools of Avenue Q and social satire to say something about the value…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

‘The different perspectives bleed into each other’: #Monster @VAULTFestival ★★★★ > #Vault2018 #MTMVaults @joesellmanleava @worklight_uk by Michael Davis

Man chooses every day (or not) to yield to the behaviour of his more bestial ancestors or devils, Joe Sellman-Leava’s Monster explores this conundrum as part of the VAULT Festival.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

‘Showcasing Austen’s wit and spirit in perpetuity’: AUSTEN THE MUSICAL – Touring by Michael Davis

Touring show Austen The Musical follows Jane from the beginning of her writing career and throws a spotlight on the potential suitors who informed her later work.

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#Vault2018: TRASHED – Network Theatre @VAULTFestival ‏★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Michael Davis

Last year, Trashed earned rave reviews for David William Bryan at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The play returns this month – this time at the Vault Festival in London – and strong word…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

‘The reality of living with disease with no hope in sight’: STILL ILL – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Theatre company Kandinsky has created a play in Still Ill that not only shows what it’s like to experience a neurological disorder, but also the rigmarole one faces when trying to get answ…

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

‘Catherine Lamb gives an energetic performance’: BUNNY – Tristan Bates Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Catherine Lamb gives an energetic performance, making full use of the performance space. She is able to take the story of one particular young woman in a small British town and give it a uni…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘What distinguishes a miracle from a freak accident?’: TINY DYNAMITE – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

What distinguishes a ‘miracle’ from a freak accident? Are miracles by definition the impossible made possible? If, however, the definition is widened to the improbable happening when it'…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Replete with tales of celebrity, scandal & topiary’: ONE FESTIVAL – @SpaceArtsCentre ★★★★ #OneFest18 by Michael Davis

One Festival's Programme A is replete with tales of celebrity, scandal and topiary. While there are moments of levity throughout, it is apparent in the first two plays that the initial humou…

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

‘Quasi-Gothic tropes’: THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The Charing Cross Theatre has been home to a number of musicals in recent years, but this marks the first time a show by Andrew Lloyd Webber has performed there.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

‘A Dickensian melodrama with Gothic flourishes’: THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE – Brockley Jack Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The beginning of the play is immediately evocative of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights and Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, with Sylvia having an eerie and memorable train journey.

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