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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Theatre Rhinoceros: Queer theatre’s enduring home by Paul Vale

San Francisco is host to the world’s longest-running queer theatre company. Paul Vale finds out about its fight to give gay voices a

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Miss Hope Springs: The Devil Made Me Do It review at Wigmore Hall, London – ‘witty and bittersweet cabaret’ by Paul Vale

There is a fine line between character comedy and drag. Both Barry Humphries and Paul O’Grady gave their drag persona such a

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Thirty Three review at Leicester Square Theatre, London – ‘slick and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

It makes perfect sense that Michael Booth and Alistair Powning’s Thirty Three is due to be turned into a movie later this

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Holy Crap review at the King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘desperately unimaginative’ by Paul Vale

The Heather Brothers are perhaps best known as the authors of the affectionate pastiche of 1960s nightlife A Slice of Saturday Night.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Last Ones review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘a resonant production’ by Paul Vale

As Anthony Biggs’ tenure as artistic director of Jermyn Street draws to a close, his final production mirrors both the venue’s commitment

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tape Face review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘extremely slick’ by Paul Vale

It’s safe to say that the Boy With Tape on His Face has made it to the big time. The mime artist

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Set designer Takis: ‘We risk losing traditional skills’ by Paul Vale

It’s a particularly exciting time for Takis at the moment. When our interview was originally scheduled, the designer’s list of forthcoming projects

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to be a stage company manager by Paul Vale

Will Mauchline Training: RADA technical theatre and stage management course Organisation: Birmingham Royal Ballet CV: Opera company assistant at the Royal Opera

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How to be a theatre costume supervisor by Paul Vale

Irene Bohan Training: BA in fashion and textiles, Goldsmiths College CV: National Theatre, London: The Madness of George III, The White Devil,

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Chummy review at the White Bear, London – ‘weighed down with egregious similes’ by Paul Vale

In a dimly lit office, a frustrated private investigator Jackie Straker awaits another phone call from Chummy. It’s a hideously one-sided relationship

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Duchess of Malfi review at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London – “energetic and engaging” by Paul Vale

With the heady smell of incense, challenging acoustics and sombre choral music, the church makes a rather excellent venue for Scena Mundi’s

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kings Cross (Remix) review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘evocative social history’ by Paul Vale

Performance artist Tom Marshman has devised theatre on a diverse range of subjects – but his work is always rooted in community

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don’t Dress for Dinner review at Mill at Sonning – ‘dated farce’ by Paul Vale

It’s hard to believe Don’t Dress for Dinner was only written in the 1980s. There is something about its rampant misogyny, ambivalent

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Blink review at Barons Court Theatre, London – ‘an absorbing revival’ by Paul Vale

A couple are thrown together by chance and then drift apart. Blink was an Edinburgh fringe hit for Phil Porter in 2012

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Room review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘thrilling, emotive and inventive’ by Paul Vale

When Emma Donoghue was writing the novel Room, she was already considering how it might be adapted for the stage. While the

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Birds of Paradise review at Drayton Arms Theatre, London – ‘a fun, dynamic musical’ by Paul Vale

Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book of hit show Wicked, was also the creator of the ground-breaking television series My So-Called Life.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Waiting For God review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘a smooth but slight sitcom update’ by Paul Vale

Age is all about perspective. When Michael Aitkens’ sitcom Waiting For God originally aired in the early 1990s, the public had a

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

All Our Children review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘vivid and rich’ by Paul Vale

Stephen Unwin’s unsettling new play explores the public euthanasia program in Nazi Germany that led to the execution of thousands of disabled

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Blue Elephant Theatre, London – ‘lacking a sense of style’ by Paul Vale

Original Impact’s heavily edited version of Twelfth Night retains much of the play’s comedy while underscoring the action with a mix of

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hone your circus skills with the right training by Paul Vale

Make no mistake, circus is big business in the entertainment industry. From the major shows of Cirque du Soleil to the sheer

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Offensive review at Omnibus, London – ‘a brutal black comedy’ by Paul Vale

Plays commemorating the First World War are commonplace at the moment, so Clapham Omnibus associate writer Victoria Willing’s new piece comes as

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kray Kray review at Theatre N16, London – ‘chilling precision’ by Paul Vale

One of the more fascinating facts about the Kray twins was their association with the rich and famous of their day. Frank

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

After You review at Live at Zedel, London – ‘amiable new musical’ by Paul Vale

Noel Coward’s one-act play Still Life and the subsequent film adaptation Brief Encounter have provided a springboard for several alternate versions on

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Improbable Fiction review at Mill at Sonning – ‘strong comic timing’ by Paul Vale

Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction was originally commissioned to celebrate 50 years of the Stephen Joseph Theatre. But unlike enduringly popular pieces such

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Miss Nightingale review at the Vaults, London – ‘decent songs, hackneyed dialogue’ by Paul Vale

Matthew Bugg’s wartime musical Miss Nightingale began life in 2011 as a chamber musical, with a run at the King’s Head and

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘intimate and moving’ by Paul Vale

There’s something about Le Gateau Chocolat’s rich, velvety baritone that penetrates the soul. His voice commands attention. And while his flamboyant visual

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Honk! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘charming, but over-complicated’ by Paul Vale

The much-loved story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is an elegant fable about bullying and acceptance. George Stiles and Anthony

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Gabriel review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘gripping wartime drama’ by Paul Vale

Set in 1943 on occupied Guernsey, this early play by Moira Buffini was originally staged at Soho Theatre in 1997. Jeanne Becquet

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Handlebards: The cycling Shakespeare troupe geared for success by Paul Vale

When it comes to design, a tour stretches not only the imagination of a designer, but also their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Set

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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Mutant Man review at the Space, London – ‘a compelling thriller’ by Paul Vale

In the early 20th century in Australia, Harry Crawford was tried and convicted of the murder of his wife, Annie Birkett. What

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Global tours: The lucrative way of getting Shit-faced around the world by Paul Vale

Producing any tour, large or small, requires a mixture of logistical know-how, iron will and an entrepreneurial spirit. Shifting the proceedings overseas

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