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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Legend of King Arthur review at Spiegeltent, Guildford – ‘hearty theatrics’ by Paul Vale

A week after the National Theatre’s flailing attempt to turn the story of Saint George into a state of the nation play,

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Perfect Wedding review at Mill at Sonning – ‘great comic timing’ by Paul Vale

The rituals of a wedding are prime fodder for a farce. The heightened emotions surrounding the event have been a huge source

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Gilgamesh review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘an entertaining adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest piece of literature known to man, dating back to the Third Dynasty of

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Hammer House of Horror Live: The Soulless Ones review at Hoxton Hall – ‘not particularly frightening’ by Paul Vale

In its heyday, between the 1950s and 1970s, Hammer Films, the British horror film studio, successfully snatched the horror genre back from

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Big Foot review at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London – ‘gentle yet persuasive message’ by Paul Vale

Beneath the bold, humorous theatrical style of Joseph Barnes Phillips’ new play Big Foot is a simple, semi-autobiographical rites of passage tale.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Child of the Divide review at Polka Theatre, London – ‘imaginative and educational’ by Paul Vale

In 1947, the partition of India and the newly formed Pakistan resulted in the migration of more that 16 million people. The

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Flashdance review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘strangely joyless production’ by Paul Vale

Nobody expected the 1983 movie Flashdance to be a hit. The story of the welder-by-day, dancer-by-night turned out to be the perfect

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Lucky Stiff review at Union Theatre, London – ‘madcap musical’ by Paul Vale

For his directorial debut Paul Callen has chosen Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s collaborative debut Lucky Stiff. The couple have since gone

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Gin for Breakfast review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘stylish debut play on mental health issues’ by Paul Vale

It comes as no surprise that Gin For Breakfast began life as a writing exercise as much as a play. Author Jess

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Gate review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘quirky and amusing’ by Paul Vale

Deadpan Theatre’s Gate offers us a vision of the afterlife. A quartet of angels herald us into Artemis Fitzalan Howard’s new play,

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Holding the Man review at Above the Stag, London – ‘a bittersweet love story’ by Paul Vale

Penguin published Timothy Conigrave’s autobiography Holding the Man posthumously in 1995, four months after his untimely Aids-related death. The book became a

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

And the Rest of Me Floats review at Rose Lipman Building, London – ‘a generosity of spirit’ by Paul Vale

Blending physical theatre with music and spoken word, Outbox Theatre – a company made up of a mix of trans, non-binary, lesbian

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Driving Miss Daisy review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘tender and intimate’ by Paul Vale

This 30th anniversary revival of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer-winning play by Theatre Royal Bath is a salient reminder of how sometimes the most

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Knowledge review at Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘a strong ensemble’ by Paul Vale

In an age before satnav and Uber, the Knowledge was everything. A unique and complex route test, it was required by anyone

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wait Until Dark review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘an assured performance’ by Paul Vale

Frederick Knott’s play Wait Until Dark is probably best known for the 1967 movie adaptation staring Audrey Hepburn. Originating on Broadway, the

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Royal Vauxhall review at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London – ‘a slice of LGBT social history’ by Paul Vale

Desmond O’Connor’s musical Royal Vauxhall has been knocking around for a while now, including a run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. This current

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Frank Carson: Rebel Without a Pause review at Assembly, Edinburgh – ‘enlightening’ by Paul Vale

The popular image of Frank Carson is that of a larger than life Belfast comedian with a distinctive brogue, a pair of

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Revlon Girl review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ’emotional clarity’ by Paul Vale

In the months following the Aberfan disaster, the bereaved mothers would meet up on a regular basis to offer comfort and support

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Arlene! The Glitz, the Glamour, the Gossip review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ‘unremarkable’ by Paul Vale

Despite a career spanning four decades, Arlene Phillips has not yet attempted a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. Of course, there has

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Thousand Doorways review at C-Primo, Edinburgh – ‘epic story, skilfully told’ by Paul Vale

Diane Edgecomb is a force to be reckoned with. An American-born storyteller of great energy and imagination, A Thousand Doorways provides a

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Lord Dismiss Us review at theSpace at Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh – ‘full of humour but lacks structure’ by Paul Vale

Michael Campbell’s original novel Lord Dismiss Us was published in 1967, the same year homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK. As such,

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One-Man Apocalypse Now review at Sweet, Grassmarket, Edinburgh – ‘keenly observed parody’ by Paul Vale

To get the most out of Chris Davis’ One Man Apocalypse Now, you have to have seen the movie. The finer nuances

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Sweatshop review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘strong individual acts’ by Paul Vale

As it suggests in the title, the premise of Sweatshop, the new late-night cabaret/circus hybrid from the Briefs Factory is that the

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Third Wheel review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘lively yet touching comedy’ by Paul Vale

Established in 2013 Deadpan are regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe and Third Wheel is a musical told through a mix of song,

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The Lulu Show: Life on the Never-Never review at Gilded Balloon at the Rose Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘accomplished cabaret’ by Paul Vale

Aside from entertainment there is a part of the cabaret performance that, no matter how vintage it appears, should reflect at least

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The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘competent rather than compelling’ by Paul Vale

The unusual thing about The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign is that it’s not about Peg Entwhistle, the actor who

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Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire review at C South, Edinburgh – ‘performed with precision timing’ by Paul Vale

The Kallo Collective are well known in Finland for its provocative physical theatre and circus pieces. For Helga – Life of Diva

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Dickless review at New Town Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘off-balance multi-character monologue’ by Paul Vale

Saff may think she has the face of an angel but she has the attitude and demeanour of a demon. She has

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Harry review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘sensitive yet economical dialogue’ by Paul Vale

This is one of those little plays that takes you by surprise. Caitlin and Sophie meet at university in 2011, and immediately

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The Musical in my Mind review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘fast and very funny’ by Paul Vale

The Musical in my Mind is less a musical and more a lyrical piece of stand-up comedy with a hip-hop sound track.

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Mary Go Nowhere review at Assembly George Square, Edinburgh – ‘a riot of chaotic situations’ by Paul Vale

This new absurdist comedy by Julie Shavers uses the family unit as a metaphor for the problems dominating the USA at the

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