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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stop and Search review – stories collide on the road to nowhere by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola, LondonGabriel Gbadamosi’s oblique new play follows three encounters, but too many layers of intrigue throw it off courseThe title is misleading: this isn’t really a play about po…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hippity Hop review – rap show about a runaway pram gets kids freestyling by Miriam Gillinson

Oxford PlayhouseSparky performances and multisensory skits make Oily Cart’s singing, dancing and rhyming show feel cheekyOily Cart barely miss a beat in Hippity Hop, a sensory theatrical p…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Cat in the Hat review – Dr Seuss's rascal reborn as a madcap circus star by Miriam Gillinson

Curve, LeicesterStorytelling is secondary to spectacle in this chaotic retelling that features cakes, wigs and a fraught balancing actBefore Dr Seuss’s infamous Cat has made his entrance, …

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – warm, wondrous festive treat by Miriam Gillinson

Derby theatreThe classic tale plays out on a lusciously crafted eco-friendly set by a company gently pushing the boundaries of kids’ theatreWe’re deep in the woods and inside the three b…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Return to Elm House review – kids let loose on BAC's magical history tour by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonChildren are given access all areas to explore the old town hall building in this story about Britain’s first female civil servant‘Why does it say ‘caution…

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Doctor Faustus review – devilishly smart show is a hell of a lot of fun by Miriam Gillinson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonJocelyn Jee Esien and Pauline McLynn are on glorious form and bring out the glee in Marlowe’s macabre classicWhen asked why she decided to make Doctor Faustu…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Torch review – so real it makes you want to reach out and help by Miriam Gillinson

Various locations, St Helen’sThis site-specific immersive theatre piece about local women’s lives across the decades inspires kindness and debateANU Productions have been talking and lis…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Super Duper Close Up review – turning a lens on anxiety in the internet age by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonThe latest from theatre company Made in China is an arresting monologue about an actor prone to panic attacks and phone addictionA woman in a frilly green dress stands centre…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Macbeth review – real-life husband and wife make a dynamic duo by Miriam Gillinson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonPaul Ready and Michelle Terry work brilliantly to create a central relationship that feels intimate and believableCasting roles based on real-life relationship…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Vessel review – let go and get lost in Sue MacLaine's meditative show by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonThe feelings that words create, rather than their meaning, come to the fore in this quietly revealing pieceFour peaceful-looking women sit on chairs in a cramped…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lands review – romance is a jigsaw puzzle of bouncing trampolines by Miriam Gillinson

Bush Theatre, LondonThis initially charming and thoughtful take on a couple in trouble casts hobby-obsession as the villain of the piece Leah loves jigsaw puzzles. She loves them so much tha…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Chekhov's First Play review – a pure theatrical thrill-ride by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonDead Centre take a wrecking ball to poor 18-year-old Chekhov’s first work, in this wildly playful piece about the elusiveness of meaningTake Chekhov’s first …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sundowning review – devastating dementia drama lingers and burns by Miriam Gillinson

Tristan Bates theatre, London Hazel Maycock is superb in a moving family tale crammed with feeling and insightDementia is a heartbreaker. It’s also a nightmare to stage: repetitive, meande…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

To Have to Shoot Irishmen review – harmonies haunt shocking war drama by Miriam Gillinson

Omnibus theatre, LondonTumbling poetry and lively dialogue power Lizzie Nunnery’s dynamic song-led show set during the Easter RisingTwo Irish men sit on opposite sides of a prison wall in …

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch review – wacky, warped and wonderful by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonBryony Kimmings’ deeply personal show is an exhilarating ride via pop video, horror movie, art installation and therapy sessionWho’s up for an offbeat musica…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree review – UK stage first for Indian fables by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonDespite the ornate animal masks and traditional dancing, Jatinder Verma’s production fails to capture the thrill of the Panchatantra tales The Panchatantra might have been con…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

4.48 Psychosis review – Kane's swansong is spoken, signed, mimed and danced by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama, LondonSarah Kane’s play becomes an exploration of living with profound disability in Deafinitely Theatre’s productionSarah Kane’s gruelling last play feels doubly painful …

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Eyam review – song and sacrifice as Black Death descends on Derbyshire by Miriam Gillinson

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis true story of a village facing down the plague ripples with potential but Matt Hartley’s play is blighted by a lack of focusOne hour into Matt Hartley’s…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Foxfinder review – Dawn King’s dystopia is defanged by a jarring cast by Miriam Gillinson

Ambassadors, LondonThe drama that made King’s name falls flat in Rachel O’Riordan’s revival starring Iwan Rheon and Paul NichollsFoxfinder starts in silence. A farmer and his wife sit …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Losing Venice review – Jo Clifford's odyssey gets a punkish revamp by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree, RichmondThis tale of a 17th century duke trying to make Spain great again begins strongly but falters when things get weirdThere’s a whiff of Brexit about Losing Venice, which…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost review – cheeky laughs and delicate chemistry by Miriam Gillinson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonPhysical gags, interactive moments and a fairytale flourish combine in this revival of Shakespeare’s early comedyWhen does a desire to be funny start to feel…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Pericles review – musical Shakespeare adaptation is a joy by Miriam Gillinson

Olivier, LondonThe first fruit of the National’s new community theatre programme was a richly sung version with brilliant performances from a cast of hundreds Has the National Theatre ever…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors review – a glitter-ball blast of carefree cruelty by Miriam Gillinson

Regents Park Open Air theatre, LondonPerformers crank up the craziness in ever more outlandish costumes in Maria Aberg’s even darker take on the cult musicalIf you dig beneath the blood-so…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Everywhere Bear review – Julia Donaldson's little hero captivates its tiny audience by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonRebecca Cobb’s original illustrations are elegantly woven into the design of this thoughtful yet unshowy adaptationThe Everywhere Bear sits on a shelf in Class One. He’s so …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

100: UnEarth review – love and war in the Lost Gardens of Heligan by Miriam Gillinson

Lost Gardens of Heligan, CornwallThis haunting outdoor show created by WildWorks fuses ancient myth with a tale of returning soldiersHidden among the roses, a soldier and his lover kiss good…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A New and Better You review – internet celebrity skewered by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard theatre, LondonAn exercise-obsessed young woman sweats to become an online star in Joe Harbot’s anarchic playA lost young woman turns her life around, exercises like mad and is tr…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Crucible review – hysteria, horror and dark humour in Miller's classic by Miriam Gillinson

Storyhouse, ChesterGeraldine Alexander directs a slow-burning production of Arthur Miller’s play with a deeply unsettling performance by Leigh QuinnThe corruptive influence of power. The a…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Finishing the Picture review – Monroe is missing in Miller's patchy portrait by Miriam Gillinson

Finborough, LondonArthur Miller’s final play, inspired by the filming of The Misfits, offers a powerful view of the manipulation of Marilyn MonroeWhen Arthur Miller’s final play premiere…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Small Wonders review – Punchdrunk take the kids to Nanny's house of mischief by Miriam Gillinson

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, LondonThe immersive theatre pioneers invite the audience into a gran’s pebbledash home and bring her memories to lifeI’m crouched down alongside a bunch of kids…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith by Miriam Gillinson

Bullish, gentle, broken, blazing: Simon Stephens, Karl Hyde and Scott Graham's interrogation of father-son relationships gets to you eventually. The post Review: Fatherland at the Lyric Hamm…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Perfect review – engrossing family drama makes siblings of us all by Miriam Gillinson

Omnibus theatre, LondonAdam Fuller directs a skilful adaptation of the children’s book about a boy whose sibling is born with a disabilityThis is a finely calibrated family show, based on …

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