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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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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

It's the little stuff that counts: Joe White's debut is another special play from a special theatre. The post Review: Mayfly at the Orange Tree Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake review – half-baked sweet treat by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonRosen’s epic is dished up for the stage in an adaptation that stirs in his poems about fried eggs and baked potatoesAll kids loves cake but Wilfred, aged four, is mad for it. …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

What might've been: the ENB's Tchaikovsky for kids fails to spark the imagination. The post Review: My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

You lucky, lucky people: Michael Longhurst's Chichester production makes a triumphant London transfer. The post Review: Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre appeared first on Exeunt …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Buggy Baby at The Yard by Miriam Gillinson

Self-aware and triumphantly obscure: Miriam Gillinson reviews Josh Azouz's new play involving a giant talking baby. The post Review: Buggy Baby at The Yard appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Heart-ache: Miriam Gillinson reviews the West End transfer of Richard Eyre's production of Eugene O'Neill. The post Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre appeared fi…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Seesaw review – the highs and lows of friendship in a giant sandpit by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonStewart Melton’s gently earnest play, directed by Sarah Argent, helps children learn how to shareThroughout the beginning of Seesaw, which is about two children figu…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Ugly Duckling review – feathers fly in a plucky take on Andersen classic by Miriam Gillinson

Albany, London The set is captivating and the standout moments are performed with swagger by Tutti Frutti, yet the heart of Hans Christian Andersen’s story feels lost The Ugly Duckling is …

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Pinocchio at the National Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

It’s mad. It’s ambitious. It’s silly and frightening and really annoying: Miriam Gillinson reviews the National Theatre's stage version of Pinocchio. The post Review: Pinocchio at the…

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