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Cry, Blueberry – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Richard Canal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Clowns in popular culture are rarely humorous and whether they’re the murderous subjects of Stephen King novels or child-hating alcoholics in black comedies like Psychoville, the clown is a rich subject for drama. Despite their association with slapstick humour, combining the need to make people laugh with an inner sadness makes them ...

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Deavere Smith Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Stephen Bates in 1992, two white officers in the Los Angeles Police Department were acquitted on charges relating to the brutal beating of Rodney King, an Afro-American, leading to riots, looting and, bloodshed. “LaLa Land” was revealed to all the world as a city of scars. Anna Deavere Smith has devised this ...

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The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas: Ella Fitzgerald Edition – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Devisor/Director: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Originally conceived by Mitch Sebastian in 2003, The Rat Pack has had numerous incarnations in the intervening years. This version, amended to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary, proves that an oldie can still be a goodie. With a setting that nods to Sinatra at the Sands, the staging is simple and effective, with Matthew Freeman ...

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Strangers In Between – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writer: Tommy Murphy Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: David Guest Growing pains and relationships are explored in the warm-hearted Strangers in Between, a coming of age drama set in Australia that tugs the heartstrings as well as constantly jolting the funny bone. The production’s reputation precedes it, journeying as it does from its first outing a couple of years ago at ...

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Doodle: The Musical – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Jonathan Kydd  Music: Andy Street  Director: Jonathan Moore  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Every so often, a musical comes along that reminds you just why you fell in love with the genre. That musical is Hamilton. And as the night follows day, a piece of work comes along which tempts you to agree with the latest piece of clickbait ...

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One Festival: Programme D  -The Space Theatre, London

Mission Abort written by Therese Ramstedt and directed by Claire Stone Crossrail written by Philippa Mannion and directed by Jodie Botha Just One More Time written by Guleraana Mir and directed by Mingyu Lin A Fallen Cigarette Butt written by Stefanie-May Hammoudeh The End of Term Show written by Olu Alakija and directed by John Fricker Reviewer: Richard Maguire All ...

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Tiny Dynamite – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Abi Morgan Director: David Loumgair Reviewer: Stephen Bates How are we supposed to deal with the randomness of fate in a world where one person can survive being struck by lightning and another can be killed by a flying sandwich? Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite asks this question through two troubled characters. She wrote the play in 2001 and she ...

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Wild Life FM – Unicorn Theatre, London

Devising Writer: Kim Nobel Devising Director: Pol Heyvaert Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Theatre in your adolescent years can be pretty limited and for most it may amount to one English class outing to whichever Shakespeare text you’re studying. While there’s plenty of theatre for adults and increasing amounts aimed specifically at the under 8’s, teenage theatre is considerably harder to find. ...

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