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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘An intimate portrayal of one woman surviving in an uncertain world’: SHOWMANSHIP – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Myra Collins recognises a national yearning for hope and what people are willing to pay for assurance… Written and performed by Lucy Roslyn, Showmanship is an intimate portrayal of one wom…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Funny, candid & totally relatable’: LOVECRAFT (NOT THE SEX SHOP IN CARDIFF) – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Michael Davis

By acknowledging the life-threatening trend of social isolation and the restorative qualities of touch and human interaction, Lovecraft is a heart-warming reminder of why people need people.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘No fiction & all the more distressing because of it’: IN LOYAL COMPANY – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

A labour of love, David William Bryan’s latest show In Loyal Company is a tribute to the life of his great-uncle Arthur ‘Joe’ Robinson and the other ordinary men and women who served d…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

‘Reminds us of the inherent bias against women in literature’: ELISE – Edinburgh Fringe by Michael Davis

Written by Brenda Callis, and directed by Eden Peppercorn and Oli Grant, Elise looks at the life of Elise Cowen from the perspective of those that knew her.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

‘There’s no quick-fix upgrade to having a better life’: FACE 2 FACE – Edinburgh Fringe by Michael Davis

In this age of digital technology, it is perhaps paradoxical that aspects of genuine human communication have been lost. But nothing is irreversible

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

‘Funny & truthful’: HUNCH – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Michael Davis

A “hero’s” greatest possession isn’t whether they can fly or have a utility belt. It is their ability to chose, their ability to know – regardless of their misgivings – what need…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

‘Adheres to clear storytelling’: THE ODYSSEY – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Michael Davis

The Odyssey by Homer is one of the great epic sagas of Ancient Greece. Unlike other contemporary ‘heroes’, Odysseus wasn’t celebrated because of how strong, swift or brave he was.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The inspiration behind… Nichola McAuliffe’s Revenants at EdFringe by Michael Davis

Most people also know that in the days leading to the ‘November Revolution’ in Russia, his cousin Tsar Nicholas II and family weren’t allowed to enter Britain and were eventually execu…

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‘It’s all about contrasts’: EIGENGRAU – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

If Eigengrau has anything to say, it’s that relationships are anything but logical pursuits, and that even with the most open of people, there is a tendency to not lay all of one’s cards…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield by Michael Davis

In Twenty Theatres To See Before You Die, Amber Massie-Blomfield has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to follow-up on the suggestions others have given and see these the…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

‘A reminder that’s one’s words do matter & have consequences’: THE WHITE ROSE – Brockley Jack Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

The White Rose is a reminder that ‘speaking out’ is never a ‘passive’ option – that’s one’s words do matter and have consequences. It also serves to remind us that true bravery…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

‘Observations about the absurdities of modern living are on the money’: WEIRD – Theatre503 ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Lucy Burke and directed by Peter Taylor, Weird looks at the arduous task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life, while coping with an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

’Past, present & future come together at a nexus’: THE LAUNDRY – Drayton Arms Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The inception of The Laundry is unusual in that its narrative is interwoven from three separate plays by Audrey Thayer, Nicole Palomba and Brandon Force. Under Tracy Collier’s direction, t…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

‘Discovering what makes these characters tick’: OTHER PEOPLE’S TEETH – White Bear Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Directed by Jess Williams and Sareen, Other People’s Teeth addresses the notion of being paid to hurt and kill people, yet still holding down a meaningful relationship.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘Its greatest strength is its emotional honesty’: BLUE TIGHTS, RED KNICKERS & AN ‘S’ ON HER VEST – Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★ by Michael Davis

Blue Tights is funny, with well-observed comments, but its greatest strength is its emotional honesty and its overall message regarding how much latitude we give other people to affect how w…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

‘Not your average play about male bonding’: FAT JEWELS – Hope Theatre by Michael Davis

Written by Joseph Skelton and directed by Luke Davies, Fat Jewels isn’t your average play about male bonding.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘Deftly shows the inhumane treatment of soldiers begins at home’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Southwark Playhouse by Michael Davis

Much like the tone in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, For King And Country deftly shows that when it comes to the rites of war, the inhumane treatment of soldiers begins at home.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘Coaxes out the emotional truth’: THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

As much a memoir as a chronicle of the people of Mississippi, Boo Killebrew’s meta-narrative The Play About My Dad is a nod in the direction of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

‘Deftly shows individual moments of grief’: ONE FOR SORROW – Royal Court Theatre by Michael Davis

Are morals dropped at the first sign of trouble and civilised people will ‘devour’ each other? Written by Cordelia Lynn and directed by James Macdonald, One For Sorrow examines this hypo…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

‘If life isn’t about moments like these, what’s it all for?’: STEPPING OUT – Brockley Jack Theatre by Michael Davis

Asides from the obvious overtures to dancing, Stepping Out could be said to describe the momentary release from day-to-day worries that the women find. If life isn’t about moments like the…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

‘This play has a voice’: LIBBY’S EYES – Bunker Theatre by Michael Davis

Libby Eyes is a play that has a voice – a show that has something meaningful to say and reveals the personality of its author.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘Not afraid to ask difficult questions’: FRANKENSTEIN – Touring ★★★★ by Michael Davis

As much a tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic novel as a way of scrutinising its themes from a 21st-century perspective, SISATA Theatre’s Frankenstein straddles the past and the future.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Finnegan provides a provoking tableau’: I AM OF IRELAND – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

I Am Of Ireland packs a lot into its two-hour running time, mixing humour with a solid focus what makes history so important – not dates or even ‘big events’, but how the lives of ever…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

‘Steven Dietz’s writing conveys what’s at stake that’s both relatable & profound’: LONELY PLANET – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Steven Dietz and directed by Ian Brown, Lonely Planet is set in ‘Jody’s Maps’, a specialist store in the US, not unlike the shop in Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road.

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‘Takes no prisoners’: MACHINAL – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Directed by Natalie Abrahami, Machinal is one of those rediscoveries that reflects the zeitgeist. Written in 1928 by Sophie Treadwell – eight years after all women in the US were allowed t…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Yates-Round has the audience on her side from the off’: THE YELLOW WALLPAPER – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Written by Ruby Lawrence and directed by Dave Spencer, The Yellow Wallpaper is a modern take on a short story from 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

‘Something special’: LEFT MY DESK – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★★ by Michael Davis

Lost Watch Productions has always been entertaining and had their finger on the pulse of today’s burning issues, but Left My Desk is something special.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

‘Works on many different levels’: THE MODERATE SOPRANO – West End ★★★★ by Michael Davis

As much a chronicle of the origins of the Glyndebourne Festival as a metaphor for the pursuit of any artistic enterprise, David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano (which is directed by Jeremy Hen…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘The darkest circumstances can bring the least-expected surprises’: THE NIGHT ALIVE – Brockley Jack Theatre by Michael Davis

Conor McPherson is one of my all-time favourite playwrights. Having made his name with plays such as The Weir, Port Authority and St Nicholas, The Night Alive in some ways harks back to his …

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Friday, June 1, 2018

‘So on the nose in terms of topicality & relevance’: SHIRLEYMANDER – Playground Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Beginning as a BBC radio play in 2009, Anthony Biggs’ production of Gregory Evans’ Shirleymander is a timely revival, and so on the nose in terms of topicality and relevance.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

‘Addressing the elephant in the room’: IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

In Felicity Huxley-Miners’ In The Shadow Of The Mountain, we see how mental health affects one young couple and the difficulty of acknowledging ‘ the elephant in the room’.

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