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Stud  – Vault Festival, London

Writer and Director: Paloma Oakenfold Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Vault Festival has now reached its halfway point, and, so far, has proved to be the place to see exciting new writing. The Festival is also hosting some courageous shows concerned with gay men in sport. Two weeks ago we had Gypsy Queen, which explored the relationship between two gay boxers, ...

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You – The Vaults, London

Writer: Mark Wilson Director: Sarah Meadows Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Loneliness and shame are the abiding feelings of very young women forced to give-up their child for adoption, but while families did all they could to hide this social indiscretion from their neighbours, incidences were quite widespread. Mark Wilson’s 2015 narrative play You which is revived at the Vaults Festival demonstrates ...

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One Duck Down – The Vaults, London

Writers Alice Bounce, Maxwell Taylor and Owen Jenkins Director: Christa Harris Reviewer: Maryam Philpott When David Attenborough launched a flock of rubber ducks into the sea to track the movement of plastic around the world in Blue Planet II, as well as highlighting the long-lasting impact of polluting our oceans, he also created an influential television moment. Taking inspiration from ...

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Becoming Shades  – The Vault, London

Director: Laurane Marchive Reviewer: Richard Maguire If one were consigned to Hell, it may look like The Vault under the arches at Waterloo Station with its damp, peeling walls, and the constant rumble of trains overhead could be the sound of the furnace where one’s soul would burn indefinitely.  Becoming Shades, a dark, sexy circus based on Persephone’s descent into ...

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Speakout Laughout – Cantina Royal, New York

Host: Sriya Sarkar Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It's not easy to get people to attend a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion. One would be forgiven for thinking it's not easy to get people to laugh at a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion, once they get there. Speakout Laughout, as part of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, does a ...

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Jim Alsbalstian’s (Post) Human Zoo – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

two men behind bars

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of ...

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I Am Antigone – Theater for the New City, New York

"I Am Antigone" by Saudamini Siegrist, directed by Myriam Cyr, presented by Theater for the New City's 2017 Dream Up Festival. (Left to Right) Jake Mathew, Leovina Charles as Ismene, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam as Creon, Nicole Ansari as Antigone, Logan Pitt, Matthew Robertson, Peter Halpin as Memphis. Photo by Wai Wing Lau.

Writer: Saudamini Siegrist Director: Myriam Cyr Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The story of Antigone has been told, adapted, and retold since ancient Greece, but if you don’t know it from Sophocles or Anouilh, she’s happy to tell you from her own point of view. Playwright and poet Saudamini Siegrist’s powerful new adaptation, as part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater ...

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