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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘Puts a human face on a conundrum’: GIFTED – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In our post-#MeToo world, consent and the right to be free from harassment is all-important. However, in matters of cyber-crimes, the law is less prescript as it’s harder to enforce iron-c…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘An original show in its own right’: LIPPY – Wandsworth Arts Fringe ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Rachel Causer’s Lippy (which is directed by Georgie Staight), she traces her life-long admiration for female comics – for their unabashed way of looking at the world and not conformin…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

‘Right balance between black humour & allowing the characters to breathe’: THE BUZZ, Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

What begins as a satire-cum-family drama in The Buzz veers into Death and the Maiden territory with the past being brought into account.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

‘A very candid affair’: GROTTY – Bunker Theatre by Michael Davis

Semi-autobiographical in nature, Grotty – which is written by Izzy Tennyson and directed by Hannah Hauer-King – looks at the Dalston lesbian subculture in east London.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Nothing is quite what it seems’: WORTH A FLUTTER – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Worth A Flutter, which is written by Michael Head and directed by Jonathon Carr, one man finds there what he thinks is the answer to his unhappy love life.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

‘Giving a context to the play’s 21st-century world’: A DOLL’S HOUSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

I’ve seen numerous productions of A Doll’s House over the years, but this is the first one that’s fleshed out what was hiding in plain sight – the overarching weight of the character…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Intimate & far-reaching’: NOT TALKING – Arcola Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

The observations and insights that Bartlett injects in No Talking have an accumulative effect so that by the end of the play, we see the ‘magnitude’ of the absent conversation.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

‘Unabashed scrutiny of porn’s tropes’: WET – Theatre N16 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Grace Carroll and Bryony Cole, WET looks at two friends’ response to standard porn and how they would rectify it.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

‘What really elevates this show is Coyote’s haunting melodies’: WE CAN TIME TRAVEL – Shoreditch Town Hall ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Dom Coyote’s latest show We Can Time Travel is a personal odyssey that wears its influences on its sleeve.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

‘This is the definitive version of the play’: TUMBLE TUCK – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

It’s no exaggeration to say that the in the round seating has brought an extra dimension to Tumble Tuck, allowing Sarah Milton to interact more readily with the audience and in keeping wit…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

‘Very different from other musicals’: FREE SOLO – Drayton Arms Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Inspired by practitioners who climb rock faces without the aid of harnesses or other safety equipment, Free Solo tackles the subject of fear and whether one’s passions can sit side-by-side…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

‘Not easy to pigeonhole’: MOORMAID – Arcola Theatre by Michael Davis

Exploring amongst other things the relationship between emotions, art and war, Moormaid is not easy to pigeonhole. Written by Marion Bott and directed by Zois Pigadas, at its heart is Meliss…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Has a certain frisson’: THE MISANTHROPE – Theatro Technis by Michael Davis

Presented by Acting Gymnasium and updated for the 21st century, Molière’s The Misanthrope is directed by Gavin McAlinden and transposed to modern day London.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘This play shows there’s no homogeneity when it comes to people of faith’: FACELESS – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Inspired by a true court case in the US, Faceless – which is written by Selina Fillinger and directed by Prav Menon-Johansson – deftly tackles this conundrum with tact.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Could have gone down a number of different routes’: COCONUT – Ovalhouse by Michael Davis

Written by Guleraana Mir and directed by Madelaine Moore, Coconut looks at Rumi (Kuran Dohil) a young woman in London and her efforts to find someone who truly complements her as a person an…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Palpable sense of belonging’: SIGNIFICANT OTHER INC – The Vaults ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Much of what the Pensive Federation has achieved isn’t to do with the large numbers that take part (even though that is impressive) but because of the palpable sense of belonging that the …

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Straddles the political & the personal’: SECRET LIFE OF HUMAN – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Unencumbered by ambition or expertise, Secret Life Of Humans – which is written and co-directed by David Byrne – straddles the political and the personal. It’s inspired by the true sto…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘Facing fate with dignity’: DEATH OF A HUNTER – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Ernest Hemingway was the figurehead for lean, masculine writing in the American novel, whose purpose was to be truthful… Written by Rolf Hochhuth and directed by Anthony Shrubsall, Death O…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

‘Highlights the emotional mindfield that accompanies dementia’: REARED – Theatre503 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by John Fitzpatrick and directed by Sarah Davey-Hull, Reared focuses on three generations of women in the same home.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

‘All the plays are entertaining and original’: UNDER-EXPOSED 2018 – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The Other. The Outcast. The Overlooked. The Visionary. Those who don’t ‘fit in’ with everyone else aren’t always appreciated in their lifetimes, but their impact is felt in the long …

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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘The play illuminates the past & vice versa’: DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS – Bunker Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Kevin Armento’s play Devil With The Blue Dress which is directed by Joshua McTaggart, we look at someone who has been on the world stage since the 1990s – Hillary Clinton.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

‘Hitherto unknown stories are unearthed’: GLASS SPLINTERS – Pleasance Theatre by Michael Davis

One of the things I love about the Glass Splinters evenings is the variety of hitherto ‘unknown’ stories that are unearthed. Far from being recent participants in world events, Glass Spl…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

INTERVIEW: Belfast Girls author Jaki McCarrick knew she wanted to write an all-female play by Michael Davis

Acclaimed author and playwright Jaki McCarrick has achieved notable success with her award-winning play Leopoldville. I caught up with her recently to talk about Belfast Girls, which is curr…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

‘What’s most precious is finding a true connection with another human being’: THREE SISTERS – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Michael Davis

Ross McGregor’s latest adaptation is faithful to the source material, though there is the inclusion of music at various junctures to accentuate the ‘scenes of merriment’.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

‘The chemistry between is palpable’: VINCENT PARK – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Philip Ridley's Vincent River, directed by Robert Chevara, is in many ways a contemporary retelling of Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

‘Succinct & pertinent’: IS THIS THING ON? – Old Red Lion Theatre by Michael Davis

As their first play for Frigg Theatre, Disa Andersen and Julie Våpenstad Holm have created in Is This Thing On? a succinct and pertinent show that addresses the emotional mindfield that is …

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Full of small moments that are actually quite telling’: UNDER THE SKIN – Old Red Lion Theatre by Michael Davis

Based on Anneliese Kohlmann’s Belsen trial transcript and Holocaust survivors’ testimonies, Under The Skin tells the story of a Jewish ballet dancer who attracts the patronage of an SS g…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘Raises issue which are still very pertinent today’: OUR BIG LOVE STORY – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

While the play is set 13 years ago, many of the issues that Our Big Love Story raises are very pertinent today, as they have never really gone away. It offers a sombre and timely perspective…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

‘Bridging the gap between theatre & hip-hop’: THE GLORIOUS TOUR – Blue Elephant Theatre by Michael Davis

A female-led venture, The Glorious Tour distinguishes itself by broaching subjects of adolescence and motherhood, and the range of emotions that accompany them.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘Equal praise should be given to Bernays’ writing & Burrell’s direction’: OLD FOOLS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Suffice to say, Mark Arends and Frances Arends deliver sterling performances in Old Fools, rooting the lives of Tom and Viv in very relatable emotions and circumstances.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘Orwin’s creates her own commentary through cinematic language’: A GIRL & A GUN – Vault Festival by Michael Davis

Most people know Jean-Luc Godard’s famous maxim: “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.” Theatremaker Louise Orwin uses this quote as a jumping-off point to explore this dy…

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