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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BLUSH – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Snuff Box Theatre’s Blush transfers to the Soho Theatre after a sell-out run in Edinburgh. This modern-day morality tale explores five interconnected stories of revenge porn, sex, cyberspa…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

LIVING A LITTLE – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

As a long time enjoyer of the horror and comedy horror genres, I was disappointed by the thinness of Living a Little. Ironically for a play about Zombie flesh eaters, there just wasn’t eno…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017


The audience can’t ignore the fact this show is performed naked but the nudity becomes a blank canvass as Rowley can move between characters without props or other limitations. This is a h…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BALLROOM – Waterloo East Theatre by Shanine Salmon

When a musical makes its European debut nearly 40 years after its American debut you question the quality but in Ballroom, this tale of love after love, audiences are treated to a fun show w…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NEWS: West End Bares returns to Novello Theatre on 29 October by Shanine Salmon

After last year’s two sold-out shows, WEST END BARES, theatre’s hottest annual fundraiser, is returning on Sunday 29 October 2017 to The Novello Theatre at 7 pm and 9.30 pm in aid of the…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

DISCONNECT – Ugly Duck by Shanine Salmon

It is an unknown year, country etc. but the audience, as citizens of ProxC, is in a dystopia which deems you a criminal for murder, corruption, hacking, gambling and getting pregnant. The sh…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

HOME – Touring by Shanine Salmon

The hour-long interactive show follows two women stranded in a city-destroying dust storm after missing an emergency evacuation. Together, Scarlet and Olive must survive until rescue comes, …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

PAPER HEARTS – Upstairs At The Gatehouse by Shanine Salmon

There were a lot of things to enjoy about this new musical. The use of a small cast- most of which were also very talented band members- was impressive, with seamless role changes and transi…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

THE PULVERISED – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Romanian playwright Alexandra Badea’s The Pulverised (translated by Lucy Phelps from French to English) is an example of what can be done when monologue linked with monologue to create a …

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BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Dennis Potter is one of Britain’s most beloved and controversial playwrights, with Brimstone and Treacle being famous for having its television debut postponed by the BBC for nearly a deca…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017


This is a play that has really grown on me. So much so that I am adding an additional ½ star to my original review. The play hasn’t changed much – though there has been a change in cast…

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THE TREATMENT – Almeida Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It’s quite audacious to put on a play looking at the way a rapacious middle-class media takes the stories of the working class, chews them up and regurgitates them as entertainment in Isli…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

ALL OUR CHILDREN – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

What makes Unwin’s piece so powerful is not only a story of humanising and dehumanising that will be familiar to anyone that has followed coverage of disability benefits and cuts to disabl…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

EVERYTHING BETWEEN US – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

When a playwright has seemingly overnight success with one of their more recent works it seems natural to go back to a previously acclaimed work but when that work feels underdeveloped and l…

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ASMR HAPPENS LIVE – The Courtyard by Shanine Salmon

For anyone unfamiliar with ASMR, it isn’t just about sound, it is about the feelings (“tingles”) you get from certain sounds and situations. It is far more sensory than your standard t…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

CAT THE PLAY – West End by Shanine Salmon

It’s fair to say that I went along to Cat – (The Play!!!) expecting something light and fluffy. The press release promised “a playful and cheeky homage to the world of musical theatre…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

EUROHOUSE – Ovalhouse by Shanine Salmon

I went through a period of being obsessed with Greece’s bailout referendum in 2015. It wasn’t because I was a politics geek but mainly to do with my crush of Vanis Varoufakis, the countr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NUCLEAR WAR – Royal Court Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In his playtext introduction, Nuclear War writer Simon Stephens talks about the tyranny of authorial intent, sharing the responsibility of interpreting the text amongst the cast, and “kick…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RIPE – Theatre Utopia by Shanine Salmon

ictoria Sheldon stars and writes this 45-minute piece about Mischa (Kate Gwynn, who is also producer), a young refugee who has been promised citizenship (and an escape for her family in her …

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GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The action of the play concerns 2 lowly Imperial guards at the building site of the new Taj Mahal. They get to do the dawn shift, and chatter aimlessly about their duties and the Emperor’s…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

LIMEHOUSE – Donmar Warehouse by Shanine Salmon

Waters once again focuses on a real-life event, the emergence of the SDP after a disastrous Labour Party Special Conference in January 1981, where it was clear that those on the centre-left …

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Friday, April 14, 2017

2 BECOME 1 – King’s Head by Shanine Salmon

Have you ever had a night in with the girls and found yourself singing along to Britney into your hairbrush and dancing on the sofa, pretending to be a girl group from the ’90s? Don’t li…

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IT’S NOT YET MIDNIGHT… – Roundhouse by Shanine Salmon

Beginning with a single altercation between two members of the cast, the performance quickly develops beyond a brawl featuring nearly everyone in the troupe to a sequence of acrobatic set pi…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

MISS NIGHTINGALE – Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Matthew Bugg’s musical sees him play actor, musician, producer, director and composer/lyricist. Is it too many hats for one man to wear or does Mr Bugg manage to get the balance, just righ…

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CASTE – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This 150th-anniversary production of T.W. Robertson’s Caste is unsure whether it wants to be a Victorian farce or a more naturalistic drama. The story still feels relevant today, can two p…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

SUBLIME – Tristan Bates Theatre by Shanine Salmon

After being away for two years Sophie hasn’t come to make amends for abandoning Sam but needs a couple of heists to make up for the £800k she lost in a job gone wrong. To complicate matte…

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INTERVIEW: Proxima Centauri Productions’ Michelle and KT by Shanine Salmon

For limited run in May, Ugly Duck, a company known primarily for the use of abandoned and disused spaces host ProxC Productions Disconnect, A play asking the audience to vote on the fate of …

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

THE LOTTERY OF LOVE – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The best play I’ve seen so far this year is the Orange Tree’s revival of 80s all-female comedy-drama Low Level Panic, so I had tentative high hopes for Lottery of Love, an adaptation of …

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

DON JUAN IN SOHO – West End by Shanine Salmon

A byword for licentiousness and excess, re-imagining this iconic figure for the 21st century is ambitious task. In his first non-Shakespeare stage role since 2004’s the Pillowman, David Te…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

INCIDENT AT VICHY – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arthur Miller’s ‘forgotten’ play is timely revived by Phil Willmott. Set in a detention room in 1942 Miller’s 1964 play is the story of hope, rumour and sheer disbelief that anyone c…

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he show follows 3 actors who are trying to stage, as the title suggests, an abridge version William Shakespeare’s (fictitious) long lost first play, an unwieldy manuscript telling a convol…

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