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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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Saturday, March 14, 2020

‘Guaranteed to occupy your thoughts long after the stage lights dim’: PEACE IN OUR TIME – Union Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A fascinating historical curio, Sasha Regan’s production Peace In Our Time is also a fine piece of speculative drama, imbued with Coward’s gift for eloquence and waspishness.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

‘The cast is really very good at being really rather bad’: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING… EARNEST? – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

In a world where – if the virus won’t kill us, Donald Trump will – we really, really need good, well delivered, confident silliness and The Importance of Being Earnest delivers.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

‘A snapshot of a past that recently bled into the present’: NOT QUITE JERUSALEM – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

What makes Not Quite Jerusalem such a vivid and enjoyable play, is the nuanced and recognisable characters – backed here by exemplary performances from a talented cast.

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

’Interesting triptych of plays’: Nuclear War / Buried / Graceland – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Old Red Lion’s put together an interesting triptych of plays that, if you’re short for time, allow you to experience the gamut of human experience.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

‘A slick ensemble fizz & pop into different people’: THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Verbatim plays can often feel static with a view of just letting the words do the work, but the words really lift off the page in The Special Relationship.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘I definitely learned much while enjoying myself hugely’: JEKYLL & HYDE – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The atmosphere created by the superb cast in Jekyll & Hyde as well as the challenge of the game is enormous fun and the time flew by.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘Weirdly retro’: BE MORE CHILL – The Other Palace by Shanine Salmon

Clearly something in Be More Chill has touched a chord with today’s youth, but catchy songs written by committee to hit the teen feelz doesn’t make up for a weak book and problematic pol…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Irreverent, silly, satirical & fun, fun, fun’: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES [THE PLAY] – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Based on Simon Callow’s English translation, this version of La Cage aux Folles stays true to the original French text. Callow’s edits and new dialogue has given us a fresh interpretatio…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

‘A brilliant first play’: THE HIGH TABLE – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Temi Wilkey has written a brilliant first play, which grabs you even though you’ve probably seen many of the components of The High Table before.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

‘It is my tribute to everyone of us who is adopted’: Karen Bartholomew on Giving Up Marty at the Vault Festival by Shanine Salmon

Giving up Marty, written by Karen Bartholomew, looks at the impact on adoption when the birth family comes looking.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

‘Moving & sympathetic portrayal of a complex man’: CHAPLIN: BIRTH OF A TRAMP – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp is a sensitive and interesting take on Chaplin, looking at the artist behind the art and continues to showcase Arrows and Traps as a innovative company.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

‘A comedy monologue like no other’: MUSIK – Leicester Square Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Frances Barber gives one of the performances of the year (yes I know it is only February) as Billie Trix in Musik, reuniting with Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Funny & poignant’: TIME & TIDE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Although Time and Tide ends on a hopeful note, it is not sickly sweet. The characters’ coming out and coming of age stories are grounded in the joys and disappointments of real life. The e…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

‘Smart & funny two hander’: SEX/CRIME – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Alexis Gregory’s script for Sex/Crime takes an uncomfortable glance at our obsession with serial killers, sexual violence and 21st century homosexuality.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

‘It is a star making performance from Daisy Wood-Davis’: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In this touring production of Beautiful, following on from lengthy London and Broadway runs, Daisy Wood-Davis plays Carole King from innocent 16 year old with enviable talent to an older and…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

‘A brave effort to modernise the eponymous Greek tragedy’: ANTIGONE – New Diorama Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Presented by company Holy What, playwright Lulu Raczka’s reimagining of Sophocles Greek tragedy Antigone, uses an all-female cast.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘The right kind of funny in a stone-faced world’: SCROUNGER – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

As an insight into a member of society failed by systemic stupidity and social illiteracy, Athena Stevens’ new play Scrounger is particularly relevant.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

‘Offers some time-worn comforts’: THE WIND OF HEAVEN – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Still, if you don’t mind the preachiness or the admonishment, The Wind of Heaven boasts a suitably earnest cast and fine staging.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘A fun & informative night of politics’: CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS – Colab Factory by Shanine Salmon

What makes Crisis What Crisis special is the strong storyline and convincing performances in combination with game play.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘A rewarding watch’: THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Adapting a multi-generational family saga for the small stage takes ambition, confidence and knowing just where to cut, The House of the Spirits has all three covered.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘The cast can certainly sing’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

With a few modern updates, this new interpretation of the Cinderella story in Soho Cinders boasts several top notch musical theatre ballads.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

‘Involving, emotionally harrowing two-hander’: CHEMISTRY – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Chemistry is an at times unsettling, but always compelling evening. It humanises the stigmatised and touches the soul using a wonderdrug – intimate performance.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘This is cabaret in its purest form’: LORNA DALLS – Crazy Coqs ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Lorna Dallas is the essence of old school cabaret distilled. She oozes glamour and combines the look of Blanche Deveraux with a spirit of a proper Illinois broad.

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