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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Beowulf review at the Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘joyfully smart’ by Rafaella Marcus

Hwaet do you get when you cross Anglo Saxon epic with heavy metal? Chris Thorpe’s Beowulf. Narrated by a fearsome Debbie Korley

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Boner Killer at the Yard, London – ‘queer anarchic cabaret’ by Rafaella Marcus

Erin Markey’s Boner Killer – part of the Fierce at the Yard showcase – is ostensibly a cabaret act. Markey plays and

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Test review at the White Bear Theatre, London – ‘an undercooked thriller’ by Rafaella Marcus

Ian Dixon Potter’s The Test tells the story of Dora (Natasha Killam), a computer scientist who succeeds in creating an entirely new Turing Test-passing

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hyem (yem, hjem, home) review at Theatre503, London – ‘vivid and warm-hearted’ by Rafaella Marcus

Philip Correia’s warm-hearted, rough-handed debut play Hyem (yem, hjem, home) looks inside the home of Sylv and Mick, eccentric inhabitants of Northumberland’s

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Disco Pigs review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘energetic performances’ by Rafaella Marcus

Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs, his 1997 portrait of co-dependent teenagers Runt and Pig, is a tricky machine-gun mix of dialect and secret

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Julius Caesar review – ‘striking screen version of the Donmar’s all-female production’ by Rafaella Marcus

The Donmar Warehouse’s film of their all-female Julius Caesar is a labour of love. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, it’s definitely a filmed

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Trinity review at the Asylum, London – ‘visually stunning’ by Rafaella Marcus

Performed in the imposing remains of a gothic chapel, Brave New Worlds’ Trinity is arrestingly weird. Creators and performers Guoda Jaruseviciute, Valentina

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Review: Tristan and Yseult at Shakespeare’s Globe by Rafaella Marcus

Heartache: Rafaella Marcus reviews Kneehigh Theatre at the Globe. The post Review: Tristan and Yseult at Shakespeare’s Globe appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Man Who Knows It All review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘silly, yet sophisticated’ by Rafaella Marcus

Dutch children’s theatre company Theatre Artemis specialise in questioning authority. In The Man Who Knows It All this is done through a

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cardinal review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘gratifyingly dark farce’ by Rafaella Marcus

Like most 17th century revenge tragedies, James Shirley’s The Cardinal is a gratifyingly dark farce: masques, wars, poisonings, and illicit love abound

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Friday, April 7, 2017

The Hearing Trumpet review at the Old Library, London – ‘lovingly-made’ by Rafaella Marcus

Dirty Market repurposes found things. In its stage production of Leonora Carrington’s 1976 novel, rags and string, twigs and cardboard are given

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Posh review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a missed opportunity’ by Rafaella Marcus

There have been some inspired examples of gender-switched casting recently. But this all-female version of Laura Wade’s 2010 play Posh, exploring the

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Tamburlaine review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘stylishly minimal’ by Rafaella Marcus

Marlowe’s world-conquering shepherd Tamburlaine loves rolling the names of places round his mouth: Persepolis, Scythia, Aleppo, Damascus. This relish is palpable in

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Diary of a Teenage Girl review at Southwark Playhouse – ‘a magnetic performance’ by Rafaella Marcus

At the heart of this adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl is an extraordinary performance from

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Monday, February 13, 2017

I Told My Mum I Was Going On an RE Trip review at Battersea Arts Centre – ‘an ambitious verbatim play’ by Rafaella Marcus

20 Stories High’s verbatim play I Told My Mum I Was Going on an RE Trip approaches the subject of abortion with

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Hunting Lodge review at Unicorn Theatre, London – ‘spritely and wry’ by Rafaella Marcus

The Hunting Lodge is a curious beast. Ignace Cornelissen spins a fairytale for teens and pre-teens, albeit one where Cinders has vanished

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear review at Camden People’s Theatre – ‘an intriguing examination of gender’ by Rafaella Marcus

“I’m the only woman in the show,” whispers Hannah Ringham’s voice wryly, “but I’m in charge.” Dancing Bear, Dancing Bear offers an

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘rich and strange’ by Rafaella Marcus

Tony Harrison’s 1988 play The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus takes fragments of a lost satyr play by Sophocles and spins them into an

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Hairspray Live! review on ITV2 – ‘disappointing and a bit of a mess’ by Rafaella Marcus

“It’s time for a star who looks just like you,” go the lyrics of Hairspray, the musical based on the John Waters’

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