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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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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘An electrifying, sexy & entertaining history lesson you won’t forget’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Arts Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Divorced, Beheaded and now LIVE! Following its run in Edinburgh and its previous run in London, Six brings an electrifying, sexy and entertaining history lesson you won’t forget.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

‘There is something unique to be learned from this story’: AN ADVENTURE – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Vinay Patel’s An Adventure leaves no stone unturned in unpacking the frustrations of reality against two people building a dream.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

‘Valuable in contributing to our understanding of mental illness’: DISTANCE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Alex McSweeney’s Distance playing at the Park Theatre displays an innovative representation of the experience of depression, but with a slightly wandering narrative.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘A vivid production from an all-female cast’: SQUARE ROUNDS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Tony Harrison’s Square Rounds returns to the stage, a poetic reconstruction of an industrious age, when Jewish German scientists thought about shit, or rather, with horses redundant, the l…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

‘Everything is like a beautiful fairy tale’: SWAN LAKE – London Coliseum by Shanine Salmon

I have seen various versions of Swan Lake and St Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake is one of the best, it is superb.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

‘Breathing new life into a much-loved play’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Gray’s Inn Hall by Shanine Salmon

Antic Disposition has done it again – breathed new life into a much-loved and performed play. Gray’s Inn Hall is a wonderful setting for this updated production.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

‘An affectionate revival of a popular tale’: THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice brings high expectations from an audience eager to see this British classic about a big talent in a small town.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

‘For a high concept like this to work, it needs to be believable’: COELACANTH – Cockpit Thetare by Shanine Salmon

Coelacanth, a dark one-act comedy which is part of this year’s Camden Fringe, is set in a world where assisted suicide has been legalised and anyone wanting it can find someone to kill the…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

‘A fun summer show but it needs to recognise its audience better’: THE THREE MUSKETEERS – St Paul’s Church by Shanine Salmon

Iris Theatre returns to St Paul’s Church in a promenade performance of this 19th-century French classic.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘Grief works win mysterious ways’: SPIRAL – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Grief works in mysterious ways. How do you cope with loss? With open-ended grief where there has been no closure? Arguably, a missing person has a greater capacity to destroy than the finali…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

When apathy sets in: questioning ‘why’ more than ‘how’ in your theatregoing choices by Shanine Salmon

I see a lot of theatre productions, obviously, and whilst I still enjoy seeing new shows, new ideas and a creative piece that is genuinely exciting, I am starting to feel apathetic to much o…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

‘This play has dated quite badly in eight years’: EIGENGRAU – Greenwich Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Penelope Skinner’s 2010 play has been revived by New Light Productions, a company that focuses on female writers. We all know we need more focus on female writers, but I don’t think this…

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‘Adam Welsh is a charismatic, energetic performer’: There but for the grace of God (go I), Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Adam Welsh has an identity problem, as an actor, he struggles to come up on Google, his wife misheard his name when they met and has the name Adam Walsh in her contacts ever since.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

‘Brings David Walliams’ book beautifully to life’: MR STINK – Chickenshed Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Mr Stink is a great show for all the family at the theatre which is doing wonderful work around inclusivity to an incredible standard. The show is on until the 5 August, get down there, take…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘The feel-good factor is definitely in abundance’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

It was the real red carpet treatment at the press night for the wonderful new children’s show Madagascar The Musical. Wimbledon Theatre does this kind of thing so well and the whole event …

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

‘You can’t fail to be utterly entranced by this delightful, splashy sisterhood’: THE LITTLE MERMAID – Underbelly Festival by Shanine Salmon

Every performer displays bucket-loads of charisma, musical talent and quite sublime circus skills in The Little Mermiad. Even if you don’t have a child to entertain, you can’t fail to be…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

‘There’s a tantalising idea at the heart of this play’: Love, Genius & A Walk – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre by Shanine Salmon

There’s a tantalising idea at the heart of this Love, Genius & A Walk. What did Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler discuss on their only meeting, a walk in Leiden in 1910, fairly shortly…

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‘Beautifully simple’: HYMN TO LOVE – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Hymn to Love plays homage to the life and work of Edith Piaf, drawing on Piaf’s extensive and well-loved repertoire, much of which was autobiographical and written by or for her.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

‘Deeply affecting & moving’: READING GAOL – Theatre N16 ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Reading Gaol is a fantastically evocative poem and this is a powerful piece of work built out of and around it. This is a play that will make you think, even as it entertains. That’s alway…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

‘Funny, poignant & thought-provoking’: END OF THE PIER – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

End of the Pier is funny, poignant and thought-provoking. It leaves no stone unturned in its examination both of comedy and cruelty. It does well in showing how well the two become seamlessl…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

‘Warm & funny, dark & thought-provoking, all at the same time’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The politics are an Old Labour and North London hybrid and, the hospital on stage is probably more fantasy than NHS reality. But when national treasures do something new, we should all rejoi…

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

’One of the highest quality Fringe productions I have seen for a while’: THE WHITE ROSE – Brockley Jack Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arrow and Traps’ re-telling of the story of The White Rose is apt in times of increased authoritarianism around the world. In Sophie Scholl, the most famous and youngest member to executed…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

‘It’s about stirring the emotions, not stimulating the intellect’: TITANIC THE MUSICAL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

If you’re a fan of musical theatre and can ignore the disconnect between subject matter and treatment, then with Titanic – The Musicalyou’re set for an enlivening evening.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘It’s intriguing as a curiosity’: BUT IT STILL GOES ON – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Finborough specialises in producing neglected plays and they don’t get more neglected than Robert Graves’ But It Still Goes On: written in 1929 but never previously performed.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

‘There are some great performances’: ALKALINE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Alkaline is a tale of friendship, love and change, looking at what happens when relationships cling on by a thread and if they are worth fighting for.

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