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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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Friday, February 17, 2017

LA RONDE – The Bunker by Shanine Salmon

‘Wheel of Fortune’ gimmick and great performances distract the audience from the pedestrian storylines. This play must have been bold and daring in its 1920 premiere but for a 21st centu…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN – Greenwich Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Blackeyed Theatre’s production strips away any added features from adapted movies, shows and other projects about Victor Frankenstein and simply tells the tale as Mary Shelly originally wr…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

From stage to screen: August Wilson’s Fences by Shanine Salmon

Denzel Washington stars in and directs the film adaptation, bringing with him the majority of the theatrical cast of the 2010 New York production.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

KILLING TIME – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Shunning chemotherapy for Rioja and her beloved Brahms for endless TV boxsets, Hester (Bridget Forsyth) is a woman ageing disgracefully.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE GREAT GATSBY – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Throughout the night, the famous story of The Great Gatsby is told. However, how you see the tale is entirely up to you.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WE ARE BRONTE – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Hyper-conceptual fringe theatre can be a fascinating brand of performance art, filled with new ideas that push boundaries and challenge our notions of what theatre can be. Yet, sometimes it …

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RUN THE BEAST DOWN – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Which mammal makes the creepiest sound? If you guessed the fox, you’d be right. Playwright Titas Halder seems to have picked the perfect animal to represent his protagonist’s psychologic…

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MENTAL – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

There’s no need to flirt with the critics on this one. The show’s charming all on its own.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is Julian Fellowes right? Are period dramas & BME performers incompatible? by Shanine Salmon

Julian Fellowes has defended the all-white casting on Half a Sixpence by stating “It is in keeping with period”. Whilst Fellowes justification may make sense to him, it sounds ridiculous…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

FOCUS GROUP – Ovalhouse by Shanine Salmon

In art, marketing is often used as a metaphor for a sense that we all inhabit a meaningless, shallow culture. And so it is in Focus Group where the audience are less immersed than they are o…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

HIP – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

The Vaults on Leake Street is the right venue for a show about squatting in a dead woman’s house and life. Beneath Waterloo Station, in a subterranean space - theatre’s squatting in it.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

THE IRON MAN – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Unicorn Theatre’s magical production of The Iron Man is simply oozing with creativity. Adapted from the Ted Hughes novel of the same name, the simple story follows an iron giant who befrie…

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Can immersive theatre provide value for money? by Shanine Salmon

In a world of people singing along to musical theatre and drunkenly shouting to actors in passive productions (I’ve been to Rocky Horror so I am saying nothing) it is nice that there is an…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

BRITNEY – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

After a sell-out run at the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Britney comes to London as the part of the Vaults Festival. It is a sketch show with a difference, all the sketchs are about Britn…

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DADDY’S GIRL – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Based on a true story this has been marketed as a look at British prison life, the issue is that Brown’s two-hander, with Mark Wingett (Jim Carver in The Bill) as her jailbird father Terry…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY – Arts Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Almost five years after its award-winning run at Soho Theatre, Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna’s autobiographical two-hander returns to London, now at the Arts Theatre on the West End. The p…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

NEWS: Adrian Lukis & Jill Winternitz lead UK premiere of Off-Broadway hit I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard by Shanine Salmon

Adrian Lukis and Jill Winternitz star in the UK premiere of Halley Feiffer's I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, opening at London's Finborough Theatre in February.

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Naomi Westerman: How do you write about sex in theatre? by Shanine Salmon

Writing about sex is never easy, staging sex harder still (no pun intended), and I’m not sure if trying to make all this sex comedic makes it better or worse. Sex is inherently funny (and …

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – The Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

First published in 1928 (having been banned and rejected for its sheer filth) this adaptation embraces the rhythm of the Joseph Moncure March narrative poem and of the time but whilst Anna C…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

OUT THERE ON FRIED MEAT RIDGE ROAD – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Some theatre leaves an indelible mark on you, changes your perspective on life, art, politics or philosophy, or challenges your innermost perceptions of yourself and the world you live in. O…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

RAISING MARTHA – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Raising Martha is a production that has been hit by various casting changes, firstly Morgana Robinson was replaced by Game of Throne’s Gwyneth Keyworth and in a less high profile change Ja…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HE(ART) – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Andrew Maddock is one of my favourite new writers. He seems to focus on people, rather than characters and stories over storylines. His new play He(art), produced by Lonesome Schoolboy, is a…

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BRAINS – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Thick and Thin’s comedy about a zombie outbreak and the pharma industry feels like an extended comedy sketch but it has a lot of potential to be a funny and clever look at healthcare in a …

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE ALBATROSS 3rd & MAIN – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Shiny Pin Productions, in partnership with the Park Theatre’s The Albatross 3rd & Main is a gritty black comedy looking at US federal law, crime and golden eagles. Does it soar or is …

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

BU21 – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Much like the play’s own traumatised characters, Stuart Slade’s BU21 feels precarious, but ultimately achieves great depth through cathartic honesty. The intimate six-hander, now playing…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

VETERANS DAY – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Veterans Day is appropriately timed revival that shows not much has changed when dealing with members of the armed services post-conflict.

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THE TRACKERS OF OXYRHYNCHUS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Tony Harrison’s 1998 will either divide or conquer its audience with its intense performances and its rhyming couplets. I failed to really research this pro…

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS – West End by Shanine Salmon

An Inspector Calls is a haunting look at the gaps in society and this production is a timely and important reminder that not much has changed since its 1912 setting, its 1945 premiere or eve…

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