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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

’Will stay with you for some time’: YERMA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In Yerma, Lorca’s enduring “tragic poem”, director Jorge de Juan has seamlessly transposed the action to an Afro-Cuban setting where the unhurried pace of life highlights how empty Yer…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘Deserves a classical staging’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Jesse Briton’s A Pupil asks whether genius can be taught. The real question is what is genius and is it genius if it can be so easily mimicked.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A forceful, thoughtful experiment’: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Off the back of a two-year Edinburgh Fringe tenure and a tidal wave of rapturous reviews, Hull playwright Luke Barnes’ gig theatre opus All We Ever Wanted Was Everything arrives at Shepher…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘There is no story to be immersed in’: DIVINE PROPORTIONS – Vault Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Sadly Shotgun Carousel’s Divine Proportions, which markets itself as an immersive dining experience, is neither immersive or very interesting.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘Ambitious but lacking clarity’: JANE EYRE – Touring by Shanine Salmon

The story of Jane Eyre is a gothic, romantic tale of conflicted emotions and repressed passions. Sadly this production from the Watermill lacks these and is treated as more of a story-tellin…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Unique & engaging story’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Bury the Dead at Finborough Theatre is a unique and engaging story which captures the sense of unjust, premature death at the mercy of someone else’s agenda.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Even McDonagh cannot make this feel exciting’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Martin McDonagh is a good writer. I have to state this because based on this production of A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre audiences may not be so convinced.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Hitting every joke & each movement with gusto’: THE FULL MONTY – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In a time when jobs are hard to find, morale is down and hope seems far away, The Full Monty presents the tale of Gaz and his hilarious journey to keep seeing his son.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘If you are not invited to the party, hold one yourself’: Spotlight On… Fennikusu Productions founder Hadesa Sonné by Shanine Salmon

Spotlight on writer, producer, actor and Fennikusu Productions founder Hadesa Sonné…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘There is clearly a deep affection for this play’: The WIPERS TIMES – Arts Theatre by Shanine Salmon

As the centenary commemorations of World War I draw to a close it seems fitting that Nick Newman and Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times returns to the Arts Theatre.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Some stunning moments worth waiting for’: THE TRENCH – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Les Enfant Terribles’ The Trench follows the story of Bert, an older man wanting to serve his country during WWI, and is assigned the task of digging for explosives under No Man’s Land.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘Clear, fun & atmospheric production’: DRACULA – Brockley Jack Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arrows and Traps make a triumphant return following their adaptation of The White Rose in this atmospheric adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Intellectually & aesthetically moving’: THE WIDER EARTH – Natural History Museum by Shanine Salmon

“Small details, carefully recorded” is the instruction a beloved tutor gives to the young Charles Darwin early in this play, and just as Darwin eventually produces something transcendent…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Timely one-act play about structural racism’: THE INCIDENT – Canada Water Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Incident is a timely one-act play about structural racism in Sweden but this tale of a relationship between Swedish Jan and Zimbabwean Monica could be about any mixed-race couple in the …

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Empathetic & intelligently written’: THE ART OF GAMAN – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

Over the course of 30 scenes in 90 minutes decked with imagery and metaphors, Dipuka Guha’s intricate script for The Art of Gaman takes us through Tomomi’s journey through the decades.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘This deserves all the plaudits it gets’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – Milford Haven by Shanine Salmon

The Torch Theatre’s in-house team has brought cracking choreographed chaos to the stage in One Man, Two Guvnors, a modern adaptation of a 350-year-old Italian comedy spectacular that was u…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘Witty, bitchy & very dry’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

I feel I should announce something many have missed from Jane Robins and Julie Burchill’s debut play People Like Us; it is broad, very very broad, and all the better for it.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Very much a game of two halves’: PINTER ONE & TWO – West End by Shanine Salmon

I’m the last person on earth to utilise a football metaphor, but the recent Pinter at the Pinter press day (showcasing the first two of six productions of the prolific playwright’s one-a…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

‘Performed with gusto by the whole cast’: LIBERTY RIDES FORTH – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

This new musical, Liberty Rides Forth, presented at the Waterloo East Theatre, is performed with gusto by the whole cast, all of whom are in fine voice. The problems start with the story. …

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

‘Often feels confused’: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA – National Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Antony & Cleopatra, clocking in at three hours and 30 minutes, is a tale of two halves (you really do only get one interval).

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘Always enjoyable to see women characters completely take centre stage’: CHICAGO – West End by Shanine Salmon

Chicago must be praised for not pulling punches in exploring subtexts around gender politics and in integrating serious themes with a thoroughly entertaining show.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘The outcome is triumphant’: AY, CARMELA! – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It’s a tribute to both playwright and this production that there are so many laughs along the way in Ay Carmela! and that the outcome is triumphant.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

‘Abounds with humour & wit’: TRIAL BY LAUGHTER – Touring ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s script for Trial By Laughter at the Watermill is full of the characteristic satire you would expect and abounds with humour and wit.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘The audience isn’t here for grit, they are here for sparkles’: 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane by Shanine Salmon

Bonnie Langford makes her long-awaited musical theatre return in 42nd Street, a tale of financial depression, showbusiness and the uncertainty that comes with both.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

‘Deserves to be seen’: THE SWORD OF ALEX – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Rib Davis is a keen proponent of large-scale, history-based plays. The Sword of Alex is an epic play in a small space. It deserves to be seen.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

‘A visual, aural, emotional & intellectual invigoration’: MISTY – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Arinze Kene’s visceral writing for Misty places us from the offset within the throbbing organ that is London; packed night buses in its veins, we are its cells colliding against each other…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

’A clever, engaging production of a classic’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall by Shanine Salmon

This was the first time I have visited Hoxton Hall, one of the last remaining music halls in London, and it seemed a very fitting venue for this economic production of Arabian Nights.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Great chemistry between the two actors’: THE END OF EDDY – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The End of Eddy, starring Alex Austin and Kwaku Mills (in his professional debut) star in this tale of growing up poor, an outsider in a rural France.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘Intriguing & for the most part engaging’: EASTERN STAR – Tara Arts by Shanine Salmon

Eastern Star is intriguing and for the most part engaging discourse around the intersection of journalism and dissidence but, despite its revision since last year, it still feels like work-i…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Album Review: The Quentin Dentin Show by Shanine Salmon

A new rock musical which debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before transferring to London, the soundtrack album for The Quentin Dentin Show is now available.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘A boisterous, mannered evening’: A WINNING HAZARD – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A Winning Hazard is a winning farce, full of improbable misunderstanding and horse spooking, in which Wooler, with tongue firmly in cheek, sends up the material imperative behind marriage.

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