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Ebeneezer and Me – The Space, London

Writers: Nigel Fairs Director: Louise Jameson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are surrounded by controversy, views we thought were retired at the end of the 20th Century are suddenly part of the political debate again. Of course they never really went away they just didn’t have a voice, and with the rise of social media and key celebrity mouthpieces they have ...

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Cautionary Tales For Daughters – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writers: Tanya Holt and Robin Kingsland Director: Robin Kingsland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Britain has a strong tradition of comic verse for children using outrageous tales of the naughty and stupid as warnings on how to behave, authored by such luminaries as Roald Dahl, Edward Lear and, of course, Hilaire Belloc, who wrote the most famous collection of Cautionary Tales. Building ...

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Years Of Sunlight – Theatre503, London

Writer: Michael Mclean Director: Amelia Sears Reviewer: Sophia Moss Years Of Sunlight is a dark, depressing and yet impressively human tale of friendship and addiction set in the fittingly bleak scouser town of Skelmersdale. The play begins when Paul (Mark Rice-Oxley) arrives back at his childhood home after the death of his former best friend. It opens with a man, mid-30s, ...

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An Audience with Bob and Barry Cryer – Tara Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Now aged 81, Barry Cryer has been a comedy writer and performer for over 60 years, and so has accrued an endless array of jokes and reminiscences that his anecdotes are said to hunt in packs. While billed as an evening to promote Cryer’s forthcoming crowdfunded collection of parrot jokes (to be co-written with son Bob Cryer), ...

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Notflix – VAULT Festival, The Network Theatre

Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Of course, you will never see the show that’s being reviewed here. The performers of the Waiting For The Call improv company have created a smashing set up whereby they take a film suggestion from the audience, think for about three seconds about what it means, and then launch into a belting musical rendition of a ...

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A Year From Now – The Vaults, London

Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Thinking about where you might be a year from now used to be such an optimistic thing to do - the people you might meet, the places you could go, who you might be in 12 months’ time – and that’s because humans think largely in progressive terms. But in the last 6 months ...

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Dirty Great Love Story – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Deborah Parry A bloke once said the 'course of true love never runs smoothly' and, hundreds of years later, Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna bring us a play which illustrates that this is still very much true and that exploring the subject on stage still entertains. The plot of Dirty Great ...

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The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley – The Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Teresa Zoers-Taylor Director: Ramiro Silveira Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Leonard Langley is a bit of a bad boy. Up in court for a charge of drink driving, the sentencing judge is so weary of seeing him, so tired of hearing “I couldn't help it”, that she commits him to an experimental prison ship. Only, we know that Leonard really couldn't ...

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