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Thursday, September 21, 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER O – Basic Space by Shanine Salmon

Remember when you were a little kid coming off a particularly exhilarating fairground ride, screaming “again, again!”. That’s how Photographer O – the latest immersive experience fro…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DOLPHINS & SHARKS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Finborough Theatre, London – until 30 September 2017 Guest reviewer: Melinda Haunton The signs are excellent when you enter the Finborough’s latest set. It’s instantly, vividly a c…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Ovalhouse’s Owen Calvert-Lyons by Shanine Salmon

The Autumn Season at Ovalhouse explores the ‘unseen’ people in our communities: children in care, whistle-blowers, sex-workers, transgender people and asylum seekers.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

THEBES LAND – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The beauty of theatre is there are many ways to tell a tale. Thebes Land by Sergio Blanco (Blanco is from Uruguay, who also lived in Paris), is, on one hand, a tale of a man (Martin, played …

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

ISHQ THE MUSICAL – Sadler’s Wells by Shanine Salmon

I loved the pre-recorded classical Punjabi songs and much of the live singing. The choreography, performed by an enthusiastic cast, was an entertaining mixture of classical and contemporary …

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

WAITING FOR GODOT – West End by Shanine Salmon

Just because the play wasn’t written to be “about” anything doesn’t mean it has no meaning to the players and the audience. It just has a different and personal meaning depending on …

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Ticket ballots take off: Are critics required anymore? by Shanine Salmon

Why bother with the traditional press night if you’ve sold 80% plus of allocation? Critics are, over time, becoming less of a key marketing tool and I am strangely fine with it.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – West End by Shanine Salmon

It would be almost impossible not to enjoy a show based on the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. The melodic joy they brought the world is simply wonderful and so I was delighted to at…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Although written with a young audience in mind, I‘ll go ahead and admit I was laughing from start to finish. The slapstick action and well-timed gags ensured laughs throughout.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

BITE YOUR TONGUE – Hackney Showrooms by Shanine Salmon

Bite Your Tongue is bursting with ideas, energy, earnestness and enthusiasm. I admire the many views and ideas portrayed in the play. It covered so many issues including: what is black cultu…

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TALK RADIO – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Thirty years ago in the USA, the parents and grandparents of today’s Twitter trolls and YouTube conspiracy video makers had no choice but to call up their local talk radio station if they …

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tom Hiddleston’s #RADAHamlet in 15 tweets by Shanine Salmon

Kenneth Branagh directs alumnus-turned-Hollywood superstar Tom Hiddleston as the Great Dane for three weeks only as a fundraiser for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Shanine Salmon…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

HAMLET – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Another day, another Hamlet. Despite my initial cynicism, I dare anyone not to be cynical about a version of Hamlet starring a former Tory MP, his barrister son and his American actress daug…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

WINDOWS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Windows, John Galsworthy's 1922 comment of interwar society, should have become a well-known classic, but beyond the argument of the point of war, there isn’t much point to this story.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

RICHARD III – Temple Church by Shanine Salmon

Antic Disposition’s Richard III presents a modern-dress version of the Elizabethan play staged in a medieval church, but the themes and bite are pure 21st century. This mixture combines to…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A GIRL & A GUN – #EdFringe by Shanine Salmon

Louise Orwin, the writer, director and actor of A Girl and A Gun, is manipulating us, like all good play/screenwriters. We theatre and cinema-goers, sit in the dark, feeling: good, excited, …

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AGAINST – Almeida Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Whishaw is brilliant as the Jesus-like character of Luke, capturing his unrelenting devotion to his quest to understand violence. Without Whishaw, it is hard to imagine the production would …

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

SEANMHAIR – #EdFringe by Shanine Salmon

The mood was set by the dark scenery of black brick, interspersed with flashes of light. Hywel John has written a tightly scripted tale, set in 1950s Edinburgh, it is as brutal and harsh as …

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PLUTO – Cockpit Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Pluto’s premise is ingenious. It dramatises the planet Pluto’s reaction to learning that he has been re-categorised – demoted, effectively – from planet to dwarf planet. Pluto throws…

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THE DREAMER – #EdFringe by Shanine Salmon

Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s ensemble and Gecko Theatre collaborated to produce and perform a modern play inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a story called The Peony Pavillion.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

CATASTROPHISTS – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Essentially, Jack Stanley’s Catastrophists is Abigail’s Party with survivalists for neighbours. Raf and Harry are the upwardly mobile young couple whose aspirational lifestyle encompasse…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

PAGEANT – London Irish Centre by Shanine Salmon

Pageant is a revival of a musical first performed off-Broadway in 1991, and it’s telling that this drag satire on the culture of women as decoration still feels biting 26 years later. …

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

OLYMPIADS – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

‘I ran as fast as I could. I ran and I ran and I ran until I couldn’t run anymore…’ Lonesome Schoolboy return to Theatre N16, after He(art), with Olympiads. A tale ab…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

‘Clothing Optional’ at Hair: Do you want to be naked in a theatre? by Shanine Salmon

What a horrifying title but as Hair announces a one off ‘Clothes Optional’ performance on 11 November. Is there anything theatre won’t do to attract new and alternative aud…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

BOOM – Theatre 503 by Shanine Salmon

Boom is a play unsure of itself. Is it a story of Adam and Eve in the time of Craigslist? Is it a biting satire on cultural and biological heritage when everyone is ignorant about where they…

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GANGSTA GRANNY – West End by Shanine Salmon

Having never read a David Walliams book before I did not know what to expect from the stage adaptation, so I took along a young person who had. Here is what they had to say.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE DARK SIDE OF MIME – Etcetera Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Dark Side of Mime is an alarming prospect. I’ve always thought there was something slightly sinister about the traditional white-faced mime act, looking like some kind of anachronistic…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

KING KONG – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Where King Kong really impresses is in its creative staging, with resourceful use of stage space by director Owen Lewis and designer Simon Scullion.

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MRS ORWELL – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The slow reveal of Sonia’s growing love for George is well played by Cressida Bonas, who by the end of this story seems like a woman who’d kill to protect her man. Peter Hamilton Dyer is…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

THE WASP – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Wasp is a play better plotted than it is written. The storyline kept me gripped and the acting was impressive, but the characterisation was far too broad and likely to fall into lazy ste…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

JUST TO GET MARRIED – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Walking into the tiny Finborough theatre for this revived Edwardian play is very much like stepping back in time. Music hall classics play as the audience assembles, and the pub’s own orna…

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