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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Cervantes Theatre’s current staging of Lorca's classic, alternating between English and Spanish, is a powerful and deeply humane examination of the effects of ruling through oppression…

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NETWORK – National Theatre by Shanine Salmon

vo van Hove’s production, starring Bryan Cranston in the iconic Peter Finch role, makes the case for itself by inviting audience identification with Beale’s angry, uncensored, unedited, …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

CROSSING THE LINE – Cockpit Theatre by Shanine Salmon

We are promised a “choreography with words”, dozens of mini-scenes showing different experiences in making that one step, across a border, taken from myriad film and TV, familiar and unk…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

THE DARK ROOM – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

Fiona Skinner played a blinder as Emma, the uncomfortably pregnant, disillusioned mum-to-be, challenging the usual stereotypes of what pregnancy is meant to feel like. She’d have been welc…

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THE DIRTY THIRTY – Rosemary Branch Theatre by Shanine Salmon

When I mentioned to friends the concept behind tonight’s production – thirty plays are performed within the space of an hour, with the audience deciding which order they’re acted in …

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Friday, November 17, 2017

THE SECONDARY VICTIM – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Matthew Campling, a former counsellor, has crafted a psychologically dense and often intense dialogue between broken people; pain catalysed by an allegation of sexual assault.

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INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery by Shanine Salmon

Even putting your coat and bag in the cloakroom feels like a scary Soviet Union policy. But without spoiling too much, you don’t want to be weighed down by all your life crap in your bag b…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

IED – TheatreN16 by Shanine Salmon

Martin McNamara’s follow up to Your Ever Loving is a very different tale. The focus is on Agnes (Safron Beck) who gives Joan “the Freak” Ferguson from Prisoner Cell Block H vibes.

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THE RED LION – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

In many ways football and the theatre are similar. Both have intervals, both provide an entertaining evening or matinee performance and it isn’t particularly original or insightful to comp…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, The House of Bernarda Alba, offers an interesting insight into the world of upper-middle-class Spanish women in the 1930s, living in a small village where eve…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

THREE MOTHERS – Waterloo East Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Matilda Velevitch’s superb writing, skilfully interpreted by these fantastic actors, have created exquisitely observed characters, about three individual women who have the resilience to s…

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STICK MAN LIVE ON STAGE – Leicester Square Theatre‎ by Shanine Salmon

Overall, the production was brilliant fun. The children will love it and there is enough there to keep the adults amused for an hour!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This three-hander by Keith Bunin is a look at not so much the impact of religion and belief but the shield it provides for other issues.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

QUAINT HONOUR – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

60 years on, Roger Gellert's tale of repressed homosexuality at an English public school remains a damning social critique.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MENDOZA – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Mendoza takes the most Scottish of plays to 19th century, which seems a risky and bizarre move but Los Colochos fast-paced and gory production makes Shakespeare accessible and brings passion…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

DRACULA – Sutton House by Shanine Salmon

Tea Break Theatre’s play begins with a ‘National Trust tour guide’ announcing we will be given a tour of the property prior to the play. It soon became apparent the ‘tour guide’ wa…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

INTERVIEW: Matthew Campling talks about The Secondary Victim by Shanine Salmon

Ali is a respected wife and counsellor. But her harmonious life is torn apart when a young male ex-client make allegations of sexual misconduct against her. These allegations go to an Ethica…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… FCUK’D writer/director Niall Ransome by Shanine Salmon

His new play, produced by Eastlake Productions, written entirely in verse is a candid one-man show switches seamlessly between the innocence of childhood and the very real struggle of being…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

INSIGNIFICANCE – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Insignificance should be the perfect Terry Johnson play; characters based on real people based on a slightly surreal concept such as Hysteria, his play about Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali …

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

JAY – Hen & Chickens Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In the opening scene of Jay, it’s Jay (Flora Nisbet-Dawson) who’s keeping it together. Her girlfriend Alex (Eleonora Fusco) is curled up on the floor, severely depressed and barely funct…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

FISHSKIN TROUSERS – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Elizabeth Kuti’s Fishskin Trousers is an ambitious play, a story of loss, grief and mythology spanning eight centuries, featuring only three characters.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST – Milford Haven by Shanine Salmon

A new arrival disrupts the daily routine and questions convention in this wonderful, comical and hard-hitting stage adaption of Ken Kesey’s classic portrayal of life on a psychiatric ward …

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DR FAUSTUS – Chickenshed Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In this production of Dr Faustus the cast of 10 showcase their quintuple talents; not only do they act, they sing, dance, perform puppetry and magic. Joseph Morton, the director, pulls us r…

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THE CASTLE – The Space by Shanine Salmon

Howard Barker’s play The Castle opens with the men returning from the crusades to find their fields neglected and their women astray. The men aren’t happy with their loss of authority an…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RICHARD III – Cockpit Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Complete with contemporary regional accents, Front Foot Theatre make Richard III fresh, realistic and easy to understand. What they do is transform it into a 21st-century political action th…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

HANSEL & GRETEL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

This transgressive tale of two hungry children, performed in German, is paired with witty paraphrasing on the screen behind: ‘A treat? Could you be more specific?’ It was a little unsett…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Voice of a demon? Ian McKellen features in West End premiere of The Exorcist by Shanine Salmon

Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon. From 20 October at the Phoenix Theatre, the stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic …

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

VICTORY CONDITION – Royal Court Theatre by Shanine Salmon

What’s Going On? A key theme of Victory Condition is how disconnected human beings (in industrialised countries) have become.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LABOUR OF LOVE – West End by Shanine Salmon

James Graham’s latest play covers twenty-seven years of the life of a small town Labour MP across two-and-a-half hours, but it’s frustratingly a middling affair. As a satirical comedy, i…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

THE FALL – Royal Court Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In 2015, in response to the lack of transformation in South Africa following colonialism and apartheid, a group of students at the University of Cape Town began a protest, the focal point of…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE – Touring by Shanine Salmon

A new adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde adds melodrama to the formula, diluting its potency.

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