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Amadeus – National Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Stephen Bates Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of taking residence at its Southbank home, the National Theatre is dipping into the treasure chest that holds its greatest hits to bring out this witty gem, give it a good polish and return it to the Olivier stage where it opened in 1979. The result is ...

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Side Show – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Daniel Perks A carnival of freaks, a Side Show where Sir (Chris Howell) parades the outcasts of yesteryear. Nowadays it is ok to be different, alternative – in many ways it is considered trendy, a bold statement of one’s individuality. The Half Man Half Woman (Kirstie Skivington) or ...

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Where The Hell Is Bernard? – The Space, London

Movement Director: Joe Garbett Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Visions of the future always tend to be quite pessimistic and rarely do you encounter ideas of humanity living in harmony. Whether it be Orwellian state control or a Terminator-style dominance of technology, predictions of what’s to come show humanity at its weakest and most deplorable. Where the Hell is Bernard? by Haste ...

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The Giant’s Loo Roll – The Arts Theatre, London

Writer:Nicholas Allan Adaptor : James Worthington Director: James Worthington Music by: Kate Lindsey Lyrics by James Worthington Reviewer: Deborah Parry Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if a Giant misplaced his loo roll? How the inhabitants of a village would react to having it dropped on their heads? No? Well…luckily for us, author Nicholas Allan has and luckily ...

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Kicking and Screaming – Hackney Showroom, London

Writers: Tangled Feet Directors: Kat Joyce and Nathan Curry Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Parenthood is a complex beast. The expectation placed on couples – and in particular women - to have a child by a certain age, and then to excel at every aspect of parenthood can be both daunting and isolating. Some of this pressure is internal, but much comes ...

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Knock Knock – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer and  Director: Niv Petel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Regardless of the era, thinking about the Home Front in any war automatically conjures up images of the WI making jam, defiant sing-songs in the local pub and endless lashings of “blitz spirit”, but the domestic reality is quite different, families suffer. Niv Petel’s new show Knock Knock transposes those ideas to modern-day ...

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Tomorrow I was Always A Lion – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Vladimir Shcherban (based on the memoirs of Arnhild Lauveng) Director: Vladimir Shcherban Reviewer: Deborah Parry One in four of us is currently suffering from a mental health condition and yet there is still a huge stigma attached to certain diagnoses - none more so than psychosis. Up until recently, the notion that schizophrenia could be cured was absolutely rejected by professionals, hope snatched ...

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Puppetry of the Penis – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Created by: Simon Morley and David Friend Reviewer: Deborah Parry The universe has a history of drawing things together- strawberries and cream, Laurel and Hardy, rhythm and blues. Penises and puppetry, however, isn't the most logical of pairings and yet, sort of works. This show started life in the late 90s as a calendar idea- a series of photographs showing ...

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