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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Doctor review at the Almeida Theatre, London – ‘Juliet Stevenson is superb’ by Rosemary Waugh

For his final production as associate director of the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke dissects the bloodied, grisly subjects of medical ethics, identity

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Orlando review at the Pleasance Cellar, Edinburgh – ‘slight but charming’ by Rosemary Waugh

Lucy Roslyn describes her one-woman show as “an act of communion”. Not, she stresses, the kind of communion that involves bread and

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Life is No Laughing Matter review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘frank and direct’ by Rosemary Waugh

Life is No Laughing Matter opens with performer and creator Demi Nandhra listing common (and contradictory) things known about depression. She then

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Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘stylish, slickly executed’ by Rosemary Waugh

Like all Manual Cinema’s work, this version of Frankenstein is a super-skilled endeavour. Using a mixture of silhouette work, live performance, music

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Spray review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘colourful satire with darkly caustic humour’ by Rosemary Waugh

Adapted from a novel by Kim Kyung-wook, Spray is a delightfully surrealistic tale of exhaustion, urban living, petty thievery and cats.  Directed

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How to Save a Life review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘glitter-filled and energetic’ by Rosemary Waugh

Melissa (Heather Wilkins) likes glitter. I mean, really likes glitter. She also likes dancing routines to Spice Girl tracks, sparkly bum bags,

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Fatty Fat Fat at Pleasance Courtyard The Attic, Edinburgh – ‘frustrating and stilted’ by Rosemary Waugh

Fatty Fat Fat is Katie Greenall’s debut full-length production. It recounts the creator and performer’s history as a woman whose body is

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Swim review at Pleasance Courtyard – ‘episodic and affecting’ by Rosemary Waugh

Swim is a show about grief, friendship and wild swimming. It’s also about miscommunication or the inevitable barriers existing between one person’s

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear review at National Theatre, London – ‘a bear-illiant musical adaptation’ by Rosemary Waugh

From the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm to the creations of Roald Dahl, the best children’s stories always have a healthy dose

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Peter Pan review at Troubadour White City Theatre – ‘joyful and funny’ by Rosemary Waugh

Filling the vast, cavernous space of the new Troubadour White City Theatre is no easy task. But Sally Cookson’s Peter Pan, which

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show review at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – ‘an exuberant celebration’ by Rosemary Waugh

When Jean Paul Gaultier was a little boy he gave his teddy bear a makeover. Nana, as the bear was named, got

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner review at Royal Court Theatre, London – ‘a blistering debut’ by Rosemary Waugh

Jasmine Lee-Jones’ blistering debut play Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner takes place in two worlds: the Twittersphere and the ‘real world’,

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Monday, July 8, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘bewitching and beguiling’ by Rosemary Waugh

Employing almost the exact opposite approach to Sean Holmes’ fluorescent festival staging at Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Hill’s production is a delectably dark

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Rust review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘overly cold play about modern relationships’ by Rosemary Waugh

“I want more,” says Nadia (Claire Lams) to Daniel (Jon Foster), the man with whom she is having a long-term affair. Specifically,

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Monday, July 1, 2019

The Deep Blue Sea review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘Nancy Carroll is compelling’ by Rosemary Waugh

On the back wall of the shabby Ladbroke Grove flat that Hester Collyer (Nancy Carroll) shares with Freddie Page (Hadley Fraser) hang

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

While the Sun Shines review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘brilliantly funny’ by Rosemary Waugh

Following his very successful production of Terence Rattigan’s French without Tears in 2015, Paul Miller brings another of the playwright’s comedies to

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Garry review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘intriguing lost play by Sophie Treadwell’ by Rosemary Waugh

American playwright Sophie Treadwell, who died in 1970, wrote 39 plays in her lifetime. Her most famous work is Machinal, revived by

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Bronx Gothic review at Young Vic, London – ‘breathtakingly hypnotic dance-theatre’ by Rosemary Waugh

Okwui Okpokwasili’s solo show, inspired by her memories of growing up in New York’s Bronx, starts with a prolonged period of shaking.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Audience review at NST City, Southampton – ‘an elegantly staged revival’ by Rosemary Waugh

Though much was made of the fact that Samuel Hodges’ revival of Peter Morgan’s The Audience would feature Theresa May, the outgoing

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blueprint Medea review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a Euripides update that fails to convince’ by Rosemary Waugh

Julia Pascal’s Blueprint Medea loosely transposes Euripides’ tragedy to modern day London. In her version, the title character (Ruth D’Silva) is an

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (And Other Love Songs) review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘crackles into life, then explodes into anarchy’ by Rosemary Waugh

Shows by Cornwall’s Kneehigh theatre company can by roughly divided into two categories. There’s the balladic, heart-breaking ones such as Tristan and

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rejoicing at Her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself review at Ovalhouse – ‘autobiographical show about female sexuality’ by Rosemary Waugh

Bella Heesom’s autobiographical show employs a long, eye-catching title – Rejoicing at Her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself – to

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Human Jam review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘documentary theatre inspired by HS2’ by Rosemary Waugh

Created by Camden People’s Theatre’s artistic director Brian Logan, with Shamira Turner and Tom Adams, the genre-blending piece confronts the upheaval caused

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Playwright Katherine Chandler: ‘Welsh work can be brutal – but it reflects what’s happening here’ by Rosemary Waugh

When she left school at 18, Katherine Chandler had never been to the theatre. Today she is one of the most vital

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Shadowlands review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘Hugh Bonneville captures CS Lewis’ awkward Britishness’ by Rosemary Waugh

William Nicholson’s 1989 play, Shadowlands, opens with a lecture on love, pain and suffering. The half-buried joke is that this is precisely

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Avalanche: A Love Story review at Barbican Theatre, London – ‘Maxine Peake is captivating’ by Rosemary Waugh

Few actors could make the line “We watched a documentary about mass-produced corn” sound instantly quotable, but Maxine Peake is one of

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Glass Piano review at the Coronet at the Print Room, London – ‘a fascinating premise’ by Rosemary Waugh

The ‘glass delusion’ is a psychological disorder causing sufferers to think their body is made of glass and needs to be prevented

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Elephant in the Room review at Camden People’s Theatre, London – ‘poetic dance-theatre’ by Rosemary Waugh

Art about depression – whether that’s theatre, literature or music – often shares characteristics with the condition it seeks to represent: low-energy

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Kids Are Alright review at the Place, London – ‘a tumble down the rabbit hole of grief’ by Rosemary Waugh

There’s been an accident. Something terrible the press are calling “The Natural History museum incident”. It’s unclear what exactly has happened, except

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Jungle Book review at Derby Theatre – ‘a family-friendly treat’ by Rosemary Waugh

Neil Duffield’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s book is a smart, colourful and creative affair. Directed by Derby Theatre’s artistic director Sarah

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Noises review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘muddled but well-performed’ by Rosemary Waugh

The Noises is a collaboration between a mother, writer Jacqueline Saphra, and her daughter, director Tamar Saphra. Fittingly, the theme of mother-daughter

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