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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The World Theatre Day map by Shanine Salmon

Going on holiday? Moving to a completely different country? This map is a user-generated look at what is going on in theatres across the world.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

KICKED IN THE SH*TTER – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

5 Pounds Theatre’s presentation of Leon Fleming’s drama about two siblings manoeuvring the benefits system is a story that needs to be told but Fleming’s poor story means the issues ge…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Is crowdfunding the future of the arts? by Shanine Salmon

I love theatre but I already question if it is getting enough of my money. Will donating for shows we haven’t seen yet become the norm? Will Audience/Producer become a new title?

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE – Royal Court by Shanine Salmon

Bringing the memoir of Hollywood Legend Robert Evans to the stage was always going to be a challenge. How to do justice to the sweep of the story, from lowly women’s clothing salesman to t…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

DARK VANILLA JUNGLE – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

It is a very out of sorts piece. Strengths, weaknesses, timelines and locations are all explored by this one character in 80 minutes.

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INTERVIEW: Network of Independent Critics Co-founders Talk Theatre by Shanine Salmon

On 20 March, Network of Independent Critics launched the second year of their Edinburgh Festival scheme, inviting independent critics to spend a few days covering shows at minimal costs. I s…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHIMSY – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

It feels like Newport wrote one play involving Aoife and her ability to get whatever she wanted and clumsily turned it into a storyline about domestic violence. Why did the reality-bending a…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

VINES – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Metalmouth Theatre’s monologue is very hot take on being a woman, a feminist and wondering if there is more to life. Alex Critoph plays a young woman hiding from the world.

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THE MISER – West End by Shanine Salmon

I had high hopes heading into the Garrick; a comic classic by Molière with updated swipes at contemporary life, brought to life by a cast filled to bursting with comedic talent, some of it …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Let’s talk about sets (& sound) … & blindfolds by Shanine Salmon

Good sound along with good lighting can save even the most budget stricken production. I recently attending An American in Paris and the sound suffered problems in the second number, I am no…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Former nurse Gina couldn’t help it, she just had to help Gideon when she found him dazed and wounded on her Dalston doorstep. And he just had to stay in her flat when it turned dark becaus…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

COMING CLEAN – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Stripping off isn’t generally the first thing you do when you get to work but for naked house cleaner Ethan Mechare that was the point. As to what happened next, well, it could be just abo…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Like the title suggests, Diary of a Teenage Girl is told from the point of view of Minnie Goetze. A 15-year-old girl living in 70’s San Francisco whose sexuality doesn’t so much blossom …

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ONE LAST THING (FOR NOW) – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This devised production from director Lilac Yosiphon and Althea Theatre’s cast of 8 has some excellent source material in the form of letters about love and conflict but it feels like an e…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

PEREFECTLY IMPERFECT WOMAN – Ovalhouse by Shanine Salmon

The story at the heart of the show, at first seems quite simple but as she unpacks (sometimes quite literally), the varying aspects of it, the intricate and complex nature of the subject mat…

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BUNNY – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The production’s prologue of shuffling music is a glimpse into the format of this play. We rarely stay in one place long, whether it is Katie telling us about her parents’ erratic relati…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

WISDOM OF A FOOL – Lost Theatre by Shanine Salmon

He’s an entertainer remembered with great affection, perhaps by none more than Jack Lane, who’s built a one-man show around the great man; a whistle-stop tour of his life and career.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017


Calling the play “Love” would mean the horror of upper case, a masculine take on a universal. Why are we talking about gendered language? Because it’s the play’s structuring theme.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

HAMLET – Almeida Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Another year, another Hamlet. In recent times Benedict, David, Jude and Rory have joined the many actors who want to show us their Dane.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017


This Stylish thriller, from Rusted Dust, isn’t so much a whodunit but whydunnit. When the body of a young woman is found on the train tracks of a Northern town in post-war Britain...

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IONESCO/DINNER AT THE SMITHS – Latvian House by Shanine Salmon

Ionesco’s work finds the absurd in the mundane and highlights it. This dinner party with no dinner (but generous and replenished helpings of wine) certainly fit the bill.

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IN OTHER WORDS – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

There’s intimate, then there’s The Hope Theatre. With a capacity of just 50 seats, the audience at this small North London venue find themselves physically emerged in whichever narrative…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

PUPPY – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Puppy is the story of lesbianism, feminism and porn in a patriarchal world. Naomi Westerman’s piece, produced by Little But Fierce, is unashamedly open about sex and sexuality.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

SWIFTIES – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

The play adapts Jenet's The Maids as it takes the obsession with a rich employer to an obsession with celebrity, which is relevant at a time where it feels like we know a celebrity’s every…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

LIZZIE – Greenwich Theatre by Shanine Salmon

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her father forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one.” These words, taken from a popular folk rhyme, are the first that we …

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

END OF DANCE – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Whilst I am not the biggest dance fan (I went to a Great Gatsby ballet once though and I LOVED Some Like It Hip Hop) I am a bit of politics geek and End of Dance seemed like it was going to …

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WILL POWER – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Toby Boutall’s play recreates this psychic prison with such fidelity that one can almost touch the walls and smell the faeces smeared thereon.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CLAUSTROPHILIA – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Naomi Westerman’s one-woman play looks at life after being kidnapped and held captive, not only whether you can live a fully normal life but the world’s expectations and preconceptions a…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

THE SOUTH AFREAKINS – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

If the material in Robyn Paterson’s one-woman play feels quaint, then her performance is anything but. It’s an impressive act of virtuosity and memory that flits between each half of a p…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017


Does Adam Scott-Rowley need to be naked for the duration of this absurdist monologue, as he shapeshifts between comic grotesques for a state of the nation dickaround? Is it a patron baiting …

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SUMMER NIGHTS IN SPACE – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

The main issue I had with Summer Nights in Space was how incomplete and earnest it felt. It fails to generate laughs and is too lo-fi to become a camp classic, a la Rocky Horror Show.

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