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School Play – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Alex MacKeith Director: Charlie Parham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Hardly a day goes by without news of our failing public services hitting the headlines. The cumulative effects of spending cuts and successive governments playing Ping Pong with methods of operation have led to, for example, the education system being stretched to breaking point and Alex McKeith's topical new play is a ...

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Salomé – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Anastasia Revi Reviewer: Chris Rogers When Oscar Wilde spoke of Salomé, he often referred to it as a composition. The recurring phrases 'bind it together like a piece of music with recurring motifs’ and he marked that the French language he had written it in was a new instrument to play. Anastasia Revi certainly delivers a cacophony ...

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Necessity – Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Paul Macauley Reviewer: Deborah Klayman If you had important information that could ruin another person’s life, what would you do with it? This is the quandary facing Mish and Tim after the couple mistakenly receives a damaging letter intended for their neighbour, Stephen. How do they share it with him without his wife finding out – and ...

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German Cornejo’s Tango Fire – Peacock Theatre, London

Director of Choreography: German Cornejo Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It’s now just over 10 years since the Argentine Tango came to the attention of the general population when Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace joined Strictly Come Dancing. Like the more familiar ballroom tango, the dance was one of passion – but with its rapid tempo, its intricate kicks and flicks, and ...

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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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