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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

‘Fun without meaning, without agenda, without malice’: VIPER SQUAD – Colab Tavern by Shanine Salmon

One thing that I have really, really missed over the last two years is just good plain fun. This is what Viper Squad has in spades.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

‘The producers know what their audience want & give it to them’: DIRTY DANCING – West End by Shanine Salmon

The iconic 1980s romance is re-worked for the stage in this straightforward but energetic production. Full confession: I grew up obsessed with Dirty Dancing, and I kind of still am.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

‘A chance to get inside & interact with the Whoniverse’: DOCTOR WHO: Time Fracture – Unit Headquarters ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Designing an immersive experience for an audience as obsessive as Doctor Who fans would seem almost completely impossible.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

‘It charmingly epitomises the Jazz Age’: GATSBY THE MUSICAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was first published nearly 100 years ago yet it still continues to inspire modern adaptations and interpretations.

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Monday, January 3, 2022

‘A refreshing & exhilarating companion piece to Jaws’: THE SHARK IS BROKEN – West End by Shanine Salmon

Theatrical spinoffs from popular movies are usually ill-conceived and redundant; a double whammy from which you’re less likely to come back than Chrissie Watkins after a swim off the beach…

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

‘It has enough of the film’s DNA to engender the good feeling of old’: BACK TO THE FUTURE – West End by Shanine Salmon

I’m a huge fan of Back to the Future. I saw it for the first time in January 1986 and maybe a hundred times since.

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

‘A political fairy tale but one worth reading to your kids’: BEST OF ENEMIES – Young Vic Theatre by Shanine Salmon

James Graham finds an analogue for today's culture war in 1968 USA care of Gore Vidal and William F Buckley.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Bringing West End glitz & glamour to regional theatres’: CHICAGO – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Theatre, still recovering from economic and talent loss, following Covid-19 is understandably taking a safe approach to productions.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

‘An entertaining & engaging production’: RUMBLE! – Drayton Arms Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Business and boxing collide in this revival of Yasir Senna’s play by Razor Sharp Productions. Alisha Harper-Gill is on the ropes, fighting for her career.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

‘A worthwhile take on a much-loved classic’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the auditorium is the incredible set design which brings you right into Beverley and Laurence Moss’s decadent lounge.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

‘A fast-paced cross between an immersive show & an escape room’: THE DROP – Swamp Motel ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

You gather in an unassuming office reception to start – looking much like any of the thousands of office receptions in the surrounding part of the city.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

‘Perfectly captures how easy it is to slip into war’: OLD BRIDGE – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A young woman listens to pop music on headphones. The people around her can’t hear it. We, the audience, can – a bit. But it’s a solitary experience; unshared. Something universal is a…

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘If you haven’t yet seen it, believe the hype’: SIX THE MUSICAL – West End by Shanine Salmon

I like Six because it is short, the costumes look amazing, it focuses on female talent from the six leading queens to the backing band and it has a range of songs and talent rarely seen in m…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

‘Unrelenting epic-ness’: BAT OUT OF HELL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Fans will no doubt revel in recognition of their favourite songs during this rock opera based upon the epic power ballads of Meatloaf and Jim Steinman.

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

‘The denouement is among Agatha Christie’s finest’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall by Shanine Salmon

Lucy Bailey’s site-specific production of Agatha Christie’s courtroom drama has returned to London County Hall, after a lengthy, if unplanned adjournment, and remains one of the most eff…

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Friday, October 15, 2021

‘This is a fun, almost frothy, show’: LUCK BE A LADY – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

In this one-woman show, writer and performer Beth Burrows fascinates her audience even as she exposes some of the flaws of her famous male subjects: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatr…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

‘There is a real understanding of that teenage desire to be someone else’: LATELY – London & Coventry ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

God, teenagers. Don’t you just want to shake them sometimes? Scream at them that their lives are a marathon, not a sprint.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘Just as Shakespeare would have intended’: THE SCOTTISH PLAY – Bard in a Yard by Shanine Salmon

The intimate and interactive nature of the setting meant that we, the audience, were completely immersed in the performance of The Scottish Play.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘Celebrating your unashamed uniqueness’: ALYSSA : MEMOIRS OF A QUEEN – Vaudeville Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In Alyssa: Memoirs of a Queen, primped, preened and double vaxxed, Alyssa not so much dominates the stage as blows it up entirely.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

‘One of the most stunning performances I have seen onstage’: CRUISE – Duchess Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Jack Holden’s Cruise is a timely look at LGBT history, for fans of Russell T Davies’ It’s a Sin it touches on similar themes of 80s London in the shadow of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

‘When the tricks start they are top quality’: THE SECRET CONNECTION (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

With no audience to see for themselves, how do you believe in the magic? I was intrigued then to find out more about The Secret Connection who recently started doing online magic shows.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

‘Its message could not be more needed’: TESTAMENT – Via Brooklyn (Online review) ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Testament places some of the Bible’s most interesting bit part players in a modern setting and gives them centre stage.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

‘Elevated from merely funny to something more profound’: NEXT THING YOU KNOW – Garden Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It’s fitting that Next Thing You Know revolves around four young people searching for moments that are rare and precious in a life that is achingly normal.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘Offers an uplifting night out in a new setting’: PIPPIN – Garden Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The big question is whether the big sound of Pippin translates to an outdoor space on the edge of the Vauxhall one way system. The answer is a resounding yes.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

‘The young cast is packed with talent’: SQUAD GOALS – Dagenham & Redbridge FC ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

It is in the second half of Squad Goals where the play comes to life and comes into its own. The football tournament is depicted through two long, dance sequences that burst with a ferocious…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

’An emotional ride to say the least’: MOMENT OF GRACE – Backstory Ensemble – The Actors Centre (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

One amazing thing that has come out of Covid-19 theatre is more filmed theatre. My latest theatre experience from the comfort of my own couch was Moment of Grace by Bren Gosling, presented b…

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

‘Poignant, hilarious, smart & wishful’: THE HOUSE THAT SLIPPED – Teatro Vivo (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

Now if you think that The House That Slipped is simply a well-meaning, worthy play, you would be wrong. The script, direction and the way Zoom is an essential part of the story, make it witt…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

‘Hearing others cheering, clapping & laughing transports you into a new realm’: TWELFTH NIGHT – The Maltings Theatre (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

Shakespeare. Theatre. Press Nights. These are all concepts we are familiar with, but in this unprecedented time of COVID-19 lockdown, for a moment we were unsure how theatre would survive.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘This was the best time I’ve had on a Zoom call’: JURY DUTY – Exit Productions ★★★★ (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

In this world turned upside down, emergency legislation has been rushed through to do away with barristers. Now the accused in court have only you.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

For many cash-strapped theatres, Covid has just accelerated things to come by Shanine Salmon

We need to use this time wisely. As audience members, what do we want to see; as creatives, what can be made. If the expectations don’t match, then audiences won’t be back.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

‘Technology can bring us together but also tear us apart’: THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE – A Zoom play (Online review) by Shanine Salmon

This play, written especially for Zoom by John Knowles, looks at a group of people trying to make a seance work when they can't hold hands.

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