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Nine Foot Nine  – The Bunker, London

Writer:  Alex Wood Director:  Helena Jackson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Set in the not-so-distant future, this play, showing at The Bunker’s Breaking Out season, imagines a world where women have grown to over nine feet tall. These women overshadow the men and begin to rebuild the world in ways that better suit them. This inverted patriarchy works well as a metaphor, ...

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Austerity & Me – The Ovalhouse, London

Director: Mahri Reilly. Reviewer: Hannah Powell. Austerity: difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure. An incredibly relevant topic that deserves a platform more so now exactly one year on to the date from Grenfell and in the process of Brexit than ever before. As stated by the company, ‘It’s the big word we’re told so little ...

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Lonely Planet – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Steven Dietz Director: Ian Brown Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sometimes, the only people you can rely on are your friends. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s stories of families, neighbours and even whole communities turning their back on the suffering abound, and men learned to depend on one another. Following representations of this era writ large in landmark productions ...

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Pressure – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The 1944 Normandy landings proved to be a turning point in World War II. D Day has become so renowned that it would seem a drama about the prospect of Operation Overlord happening at all should have little, to no, suspense. And to a certain extent that is true in David ...

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Flutter – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Justin Hopper. Director: Gavin Dent. Reviewer: Hannah Powell What do you receive when you mix together gambling, a cast of okay actors, and a plot so predictable you can see it coming a mile away? Flutter by Justin Hopper is a story of addiction, capitalism, relationships, and the working classes once again being shown in an unsavoury light. Flutter is ...

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Finishing the Picture – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Scott Matthewman To describe Arthur Miller’s final play as a thinly-veiled slice of autobiography would be an understatement. Set in Reno, Nevada in 1960 during the troubled shoot of a Hollywood film, it is a clear dramatic account of events surrounding shooting of The Misfits, whose screenplay was written by Miller and which ...

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Monogamy – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a moment where dinner, as prepared by Caroline Mortimer (“Britain’s second favourite TV cook”) emerges from the oven, charred and smoking, overdone because the character’s attention was wandering all over the place. As goes the family roast, so goes Monogamy, which collapses under its writer’s inability to focus. Torben ...

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Jeremiah James: Choose Love  – Live at Zedel, London

Musical Director: Andrew Hopkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In less than three weeks’ time, Jeremiah James’ new musical It Happened in Key West premieres in London, celebrating the strength and joy of true love. As a warm-up, James presents his own romantic ‘retrospective’ Choose LoveLive at Zedel, showcasing his vocal talents by uniting some of his favourite love songs as well as ...

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