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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Taking the form of a series of briefings to the US troops – that’s us, the audience – and including cross dressing, slapstick and audience interaction, Instructions for American Servic…

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TWILIGHT SONG – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Kevin Elyot could quite possibly be a national treasure now, had he not died three years ago. His plays are instantly accessible, entertainingly written and have lots of lovely wordplay. ‎…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

DISCO PIGS – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Pig and Runt were born within minutes of each other in the same Cork hospital ward. They grew up closer than siblings, closer that twins, an incestuous blood pact made amongst the sweat and …

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Friday, July 21, 2017

THE WITCH’S MARK – The Space by Shanine Salmon

The Witch’s Mark, written and directed by Timothy N. Evers, draws inspiration from historical and contemporary accounts of the Scottish witch trials. Edinburgh in 1591, is in the middle of…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE GOD OF HELL – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Written as a response to George W Bush’s Republican Party’s war on terror following the attacks in September 2001 only 12 years after this play’s premiere America seems to be run by a …

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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Critic, or who is Helena? by Shanine Salmon

Guardian critic Michael Billington recently brought back his bizarre alter-ego, a young woman named Helena, for his review of Fatherland at the Manchester International Festival.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

QUEEN ANNE – West End by Shanine Salmon

Helen Edmundson’s play is a study in humanity’s need for dominance, especially as much as it is a historical romp.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

What sets Yank! apart is that this is more than a campy boy meets boy tale amongst the khakis and star and stripes but a no holds barred look at LGBT history, it even includes a bit of L.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

TORN APART (DISSOLUTION) – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The warnings of full frontal nudity shouldn’t deter people from seeing this but nor should it be the only reason to see this (Naked Attraction is on All 4, everyone) because this play, abo…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

DEAD SOULS – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Theatre N16’s small space isn’t easy to navigate. Set design options are limited and plays with may locations and scenes should probably avoid this space but Monkhead Theatre have found …

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

THE PASSION OF THE PLAYBOY RIOTS – Hen and Chickens Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In The Passion of the Playboy Riots, writer/director Neil Weatherall imagines a meeting in the early 20th Century between W.B. Yeats (Loclann O’Grady) and Lady Gregory (Cath Humphrys), two…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

THE VIEW FROM NOWHERE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Diversity, or lack of it, in the elite is often talked about. The lack of BME representation in industries such as medicine, politics, judiciary and of course theatre and the arts dominates …

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

MUMBURGER – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

f a close relative’s dying wish makes you physically sick, are you still obliged to carry it out? Sarah Kosar’s play Mumburger explores how far familial obligation can go in the days and…

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BAT OUT OF HELL – West End by Shanine Salmon

Seeing Bat Out of Hell the musical is not something you forget quickly. The tunes have been earworming their way around me ever since the opening night.

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SUCKERS – Theatre N16 by Shanine Salmon

Thick and Thin’s debut Brains showed a lot of promise as a satire of privatised healthcare and their new effort, Suckers is very similar except instead of zombies and privatisation we get …

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

INK – Almeida by Shanine Salmon

In the world of journalism, the story is everything. This lesson is drilled into us time and time again over the course of Ink, James Graham’s latest play, which charts Rupert Murdoch’s …

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

MR GILLIE – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

William Gillie (Andy Secombe) is a charismatic and inspirational teacher running the only school in the Scottish mining village of Crult in 1950. Being a learned, professional man he has a c…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FOOD – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Is Food a southern Gothic? There’s sufficient bitterness, sex, abuse, plotting and stifled secrets to see it as such. Its themes are plenty dark enough, and warrant warnings for disordered…

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Hedy Weiss & theatre’s ongoing diversity problem by Shanine Salmon

Weiss is an experienced theatre and dance critic for the Chicago Sun Times. As a female theatre professional in an ethnically diverse city such as Chicago, her comments seem even more shocki…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Herstory Theatre Festival – TheatreN16 by Shanine Salmon

I am very late to Herstory party, now in its 4th incarnation, Nastazja Somers (soon to be appear in Hope Theatre’s revival of BJ McNeil’s Torn Apart) curated a thought provoking, emotion…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

KISS ME – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Guest Review by Jake Laverde Originally produced at Hampstead theatre, Richard Bean’s Kiss Me is making its west end debut. Kiss Me is a two hander set entirely in one London bedroom 1…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE – Royal Court by Shanine Salmon

Time crashes into each other. Linear time ceases to exist. Past present and future elide. A triptych of female pain. Generations of hurt reach across the decades but can’t quite cross thos…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

THE ENCHANTED – The Bunker by Shanine Salmon

The play is wholly rooted in humanity—even as it outlines the consequences that can occur when humanity gets forgotten. In the primary narrative strand of The Enchanted, a prisoner tells u…

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Thoughts on the Hamilton casting choices by Shanine Salmon

Westman and Jibson are not big names but both are very experienced actors; Westman was recently in Torn at the Royal Court, London and Jibson has many stage and screen credits behind him. Th…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

TRISTAN AND YSEULT – Shakespeare’s Globe by Shanine Salmon

Two minutes into Emma Rice and Knee High’s Tristan and Yseult at the Globe and two men are dancing together, miming falsetto. One of them is a sexy-camp bad boy. We know he’s a sexy-camp…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

AISHA – Hen & Chickens by Shanine Salmon

In the opening scene, the titular character’s no-holds-barred description of her life as the forced wife of a man three times her age leaves the audience of Aisha in stunned shock. This in…

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THE ENGLISH HEART – Etcetera Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Matthew Campling’s work is set during Brexit and just before the 2017 election (presumably so we can all have a night off from wondering if Theresa May will still be Prime Minister tomorro…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NEWS: All-female critics panel to be held at HerStory by Shanine Salmon

Following the previous sold out and highly acclaimed three editions, HerStory FEMINIST THEATRE FESTIVAL returns to Theatre N16 on the 18th and 19th of June.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… playwright Matthew Campling by Shanine Salmon

"I discovered I preferred my own words to interpreting the words of others, so I started writing plays. I had five produced in SA. When I came to England I needed to make money so I went int…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

TWITSTORM – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Twitstorm pitches itself as the ‘hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand.’ As a regular on Twitter, my interest was piqued i…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

ORDINARY DAYS – London Theatre Workshop by Shanine Salmon

Ordinary Days is a one-act musical in which four young New Yorkers who aren’t quite happy with their lives sing out their troubles in just 70 minutes. The plot could be right out of Sex &#…

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