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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Midnight Movie review at Royal Court, London – ‘ambitious but opaque’ by Rosemary Waugh

Incommunicability is frequently identified as an aspect of chronic pain. Indeed, this was precisely the topic of Rachel Bagshaw’s previous work, The

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dick Whittington review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘a real festive treat’ by Rosemary Waugh

This year’s Christmas offering from the Theatre Royal Stratford East is a joy-filled mash-up of Dick Whittington and The Pied Piper, with

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Arrival review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘tender exploration of brotherhood’ by Rosemary Waugh

The most famous fraternal relationships of mythology, Cain and Abel or Romulus and Remus, end with bloodshed. Bijan Sheibani’s The Arrival, a

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Director Tinuke Craig: ‘Panto drives you – it wakes you up because it’s so energetic’ by Rosemary Waugh

She has tackled plays exploring trauma and state corruption, and now Tinuke Craig is turning her hand to a boldly re-imagined panto

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

When the Crows Visit review at Kiln Theatre, London – ‘Ayesha Dharker is captivating’ by Rosemary Waugh

Anupama Chandrasekhar’s When the Crows Visit is a haunting beast of a play, one that persistently claws away at expectations and comforts

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Yarit Dor: ‘I don’t like to be boxed in – I don’t want to be just a fight director’ by Rosemary Waugh

With her focus split across different areas, Yarit Dor tells Rosemary Waugh why ‘movement practitioner’ is the term that best describes her

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Fast review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a fascinating true story’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ar the turn of the last century, long before Gwyneth Paltrow promoted alkaline water on her Goop well-being brand, ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Ice Cream Boys review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘engaging and well acted’ by Rosemary Waugh

Two men meet in a private hospital ward. They have been assigned adjacent rooms and are being looked after by the same

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Beacon review at O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – ‘well performed but disengaging’ by Rosemary Waugh

Nancy Harris’ The Beacon trades on stereotypes. Beiv (Jane Brennan) is a smock-wearing female artist who’s been through her sculptures-of-tampons stage, opened

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Gaslight review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘moving update of Patrick Hamilton’s play’ by Rosemary Waugh

Richard Beecham’s update of Patrick Hamilton’s play boasts a simple but clever premise: a group of women living in a safe house

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Hecuba review at Project Arts Centre, Dublin – ‘Marina Carr’s crackling rewrite of Euripides’ by Rosemary Waugh

“This is the script. It’s what I’m meant to say,” explains Agamemnon (Brian Doherty) before he sacrifices Polyxena (Zara Devlin) in exchange

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Mám review at O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – ‘the energy of an ancient rite’ by Rosemary Waugh

Mám opens with low-hanging clouds of smoke hanging over the stage and extending into the auditorium. With them comes a smell, a

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Two Ladies starring Zoë Wanamaker review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘loses its way’ by Rosemary Waugh

Two Ladies opens with an arresting scene. The First Lady of the United States (Zrinka Cvitešić) is drenched in blood and being

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An Enemy of the People review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘shrewdly judged update’ by Rosemary Waugh

“Lunatic”, “insane”, “mad” – synonyms for crazy pop up regularly in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Amsterdam review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘fascinating, multilayered play’ by Rosemary Waugh

The past invades the present in Maya Arad Yasur’s play Amsterdam. A pregnant Israeli violinist living in modern-day Amsterdam receives a mysterious

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Monday, September 9, 2019

For Services Rendered review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘well-performed production of a bittersweet play’ by Rosemary Waugh

Premiering in 1932, Somerset Maugham’s interwar drama, For Services Rendered, captures the changing fortunes of an extended country family all concealing various

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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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