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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Not so much one note as one emotion’: HOLE – Royal Court Theatre by Rev Stan

Hole, by Ellie Kendrick, is a mixture of speech, song, movement and music exploring female anger through a series of stories, themes and metaphors.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Harington & Flynn prove themselves agile performers’: TRUE WEST – WestEnd by Rev Stan

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn prove themselves agile performers with quick-fire dialogue and sharp comic timing in True West at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘Fun, silly & at times interesting’: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Rev Stan

The Night Before Christmas is adult Christmas fare, counter-programming to the Dr Seuss musical which is on next door at the Southwark Playhouse.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘It is refreshing to have gender stereotypes smashed’: BOYS – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The PappyShow’s Boys is introduced as a ‘celebration of manhood’ which is then swiftly followed by a fight. In hindsight, it isn’t ironic, rather it’s getting a misconception or co…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

INTERVIEW: Dandelion playwright Jennifer Cerys on queer history & 3D lesbian characters by Rev Stan

Playwright Jennifer Cerys’ new play Dandelion at the King’s Head Theatre explores queer history through a lesbian relationship in the time of Clause 28. Here she talks about why queer hi…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

‘Vivid & rich writing’: THE DARK – Ovalhouse by Rev Stan

Nick Makoha’s play The Dark tells his own story when, as a child, his mother smuggled him out of Idi Amin's Uganda in search of a better life in the UK.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘Brilliantly captures the challenges of growing up’: CUCKOO – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Set in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin, writer Lisa Carroll’s play Cuckoo follows Iona and Pingu over a couple of fateful days when they announce that they are moving to London. It is a decisi…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘Didn’t really reach out across the dark auditorium to me’: PINTER THREE – West End ★★★ by Rev Stan

I go to the theatre is to be amused or moved or challenged or interested and sadly this collection of Pinter didn't really reach out across the dark auditorium to me.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘New niches of humour & fun’: DON QUIXOTE – West End ★★★★ by Rev Stan

It’s taken two years for the RSC’s hit Don Quixote to make it to the West End with David Threlfall and Rufus Hound reprising their roles as the hapless knight errant and his squire.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘I was more interested in the background characters’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Is it ironic that the most emotionally powerful scene of the RSC’s Macbeth at the Barbican comes in a rare moment of silence and stillness, a scene when the Macbeths are nowhere to be seen?

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Strip out the comic vignettes & the play feels flimsy’: STORIES – National Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma (Billie Piper was cracking in the Young Vic production two years ago) it’s not …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘A fairytale of human ugliness & evil’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Martin McDonagh’s new play is a (very) dark fairytale with colonial undertones. Who else’s imagination could put Hans Christian Andersen (Jim Broadbent), a one-legged black pigmy woman c…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Strip out the comic vignettes & the play is left feeling flimsy’: STORIES – National Theatre by Rev Stan

Nina Raine’s new play Stories is back to familiar territory: A woman desperately wants a kid. Unlike Yerma, it's not a physical problem, more of a partner problem.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘Feels like a starting point for a wider narrative’: BULLET HOLE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

A play about female genital mutilation is never going to be an easy watch but I particularly was drawn to Bullet Hole to better understand the culture and tradition that supports it, particu…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘An unsentimental portrayal of dementia’: THE OTHER PLACE – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Karen Archer plays Juliana in The Other Place, a scientist in pharmaceuticals who is trying to arrange a meeting with her estranged daughter and divorcing her philandering husband Ian (Neil …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘Meaningful debate, clever thought & persuasiveness’: THE SWORD OF ALEX – White Bear Theatre ★★★ by Rev Stan

Meaningful debate, clever thought and persuasiveness get overshadowed by ego manifested as sneering, sarcasm and physical violence.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘Bubbles with witty lines & observation’: Hear Me Howl – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Written by Lydia Rynne, Hear Me Howl is peppered with references to culture contemporary to the 30-somethings and bubbles with witty lines and observation while handling issues such as pregn…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

‘We open with six munitionettes in a factory’: Director Jimmy Walters on WWI drama Square Rounds by Rev Stan

Getting its first staging for three decades, Tony Harrison's World War I-set play Square Rounds is based on true events and explores the devastating impact of chemical warfare and weapons of…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Unlike anything else you’ll see in the West End’: MISTY – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

Arinzé Kene’s play Misty has transferred to the Trafalgar Studios from a sell-out run at the Bush Theatre giving more people the opportunity to see a play that is unlike anything else you…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

‘It revulsed, chilled & gripped’: ST NICHOLAS – Donmar Dryden Street ★★★★★ by Rev Stan

The Donmar has set about making this production of Conor McPherson’s monologue St Nicholas an exclusive, intimate and atmospheric experience.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

‘An unashamed exposé of the realities of drug addiction & recovery’: THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK & CRACK – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Rev Stan

Writer Ed Edwards, who has based The Political History of Smack and Crack on his own experiences with narcotics dependency, has his protagonists speak in the third person, telling their own …

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Interesting, well observed & well done’: THAT GIRL– Old Red Lion Theatre by Rev Stan

That Girl is Hatty (Hatty Jones) plucked from obscurity to play the lead in what would become a cult children's film. Now grown up she works in advertising and we find her struggling with ad…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

‘Refreshingly broad & detailed in its female narrative’: DANCE NATION – Almeida Theatre by Rev Stan

Clare Barron’s play Dance Nation at the Almeida not only sees life through the female lens, it touches on subjects that are generally treated as taboo.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

‘I definitely like to see theatre as a means of entertainment as well as enlightenment’: Writer Ed Edwards brings The Political History of Smack a by Rev Stan

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, The Political History of Smack and Crack draws on writer Ed Edwards’ own experience of narcotics dependency to examine how the politics of the 1980s trappe…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

‘Sadness & tragedy in some of the narratives’: ARISTOCRATS – Donmar Warehouse by Rev Stan

My problem with Aristocrats is that there is often a lot happening and sometimes it too easily diverts attention from the central narrative.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

That was August in Theatreland – news, misses & celeb spots by Rev Stan

August was dominated by Edinburgh for me but the London theatre wheels were still turning; here’s my round up of my favourite bits of news, my theatre hits and misses and few celeb spots...

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘Too much of a slow burn’: The PEREGRINE – Stockwell Playhouse by Rev Stan

New York playwright Philip Holt’s new play The Peregrine is a thriller set in Argentina where protagonist Paul (Christopher Sherwood) is a fixer of the gun-toting kind.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘I wanted the audience to be in the room with the characters’: Former child actor Hatty Jones talks about her first play That Girl by Rev Stan

Hatty Jones draws on her own experience as a child actor (in Madeline), plucked from obscurity to star in a big budget film, for her debut play That Girl which explores growing up and female…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Final thoughts on my first trip to the Edinburgh Fringe or lessons in diverse programming by Rev Stan

Theatre is supposed to reflect society, challenge and change but how can it do that when its programming doesn't fully embrace the full gamut of ethnicity, sexual orientation and balance of …

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘If it doesn’t transfer to London, I’ll be very surprised’: ANGRY ALAN – Edinburgh Fringe by Rev Stan

I booked my ticket for Penelope Skinner’s new play, Angry Alan, before the Fringe started and it has subsequently won a Fringe First Award which raised expectations – and it didn't disap…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘The most emotional I’ve felt at the Fringe’: QUEENS OF SHEBA – Edinburgh Fringe by Rev Stan

I walked out of Queens of Sheba feeling a bit teary in a kind of happy/sad/exhilarated way. It’s the first Fringe play I’ve seen that has evoked such a strong emotional response.

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