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Girl From Nowhere – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Victoria Rigby Director: Niall Wilson Reviewer: Christopher Hong Flared jeans, Woodstock, rock ‘n roll and photographs of vast blue sky and desert in the background firmly set the scene in late 60s America, Texas to be precise. A young woman Jeanie is screaming in her bedroom kickstarting her monologue of how she got from a small town in the ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Full of enthusiasm, joy, passion and affection the musicalBuddyhas all the ingredients for a fun packed night out and it does not disappoint. The fact that this is a review of the 25thAnniversary production says it all about the production’s continuous audience appeal and quality. The show charts the rise and ...

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Holiday/The Eisteddfod – Bussey Building, London

Writer: Raimondo Cortese / Lally Katz Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Ian Foster Australian theatre hasn’t necessarily been particularly well represented on these shores, certainly in recent years, and so the opportunity to see a double bill of UK premieres at Peckham’s Bussey Building makes for an interesting evening of theatre. Raimondo Cortese’s Holiday revels in its surreal world of dark ...

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Johnny Got His Gun – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Dalton Trumbo, adapted by Bradley Rand Smith Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Ian Foster The centenary of the start of World War One has thrown up a raft of interesting programming in our nation’s theatres, looking at the devastating impact of that inconceivably destructive conflict and the decimating effect it had on an entire generation. At the same time, it ...

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John Ferguson – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: St John Ervine Director: Emma Faulkner Reviewer: Ian Foster There is often the sense that selective quoting from the Bible can assert pretty much any viewpoint and so it turns out in St John Ervine’s John Ferguson, receiving its first airing in the UK for nearly 100 years with this production at the Finborough Theatre, directed by Emma Faulkner. ...

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INvocation – Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Peta Lily Director: Di Sherlock Reviewer: Mary Halton “Does anyone here have a proper job?” After a pleasantly informal start, Peta Lily is interrogating the audience of her one woman show – part theatre, part pep talk. Only one audience member confesses to having one (working for a charity) and, having barely opened her mouth, Lily has already begun ...

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Sandel – Above The Stag Theatre, London

Writer: Glenn Chandler Director: Glenn Chandler Reviewer: Christopher Hong Slanted and oblique bookcases and classical spires effectively backdrop and set the scene for this love story between a 19 year old undergraduate, David Rogers and Anthony Sandel, a 14 year old choir boy in 1960’s Oxford. Anthony the seducer meets David and their relationship grows with walks in the country ...

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Positive – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Writer: Shaun Kitchener Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Deborah Klayman It is very rare to see a play about living with HIV that is equal parts funny, informative and entertaining, but Shaun Kitchener’s new play offers all that and more. The play takes place a year after Benji’s positive diagnosis, and looks at the way the illness, and its perception, ...

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