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Letters Live I – Freemasons’ Hall – London

Created by: Jamie Byng Director: Sam Hunter Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is safe to say that the art of letter writing, certainly when done by hand, is heading in the direction of extinction. The way that we communicate with one another is constantly evolving; we're far more likely to send Whatsapp messages to a loved one than two heartfelt pages ...

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Conviction – Above the Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Rebecca Morgan Director: Ria Samartzi Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Communist Czechoslovakia in 1950 is the setting for Rebecca Morgan's one-act play about two women on either side of the political divide, and how conviction in one's own beliefs can lead to drastically different conclusions. Gabriella Gadsby's Ludmila starts out as an innocent student with a taste for theatre, whose performance ...

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The Boys in the Band – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Mart Crowley Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Mart Crowley's play The Boys in the Band opened in New York in 1968, it raised many eyebrows, but, today, the only thing shocking about it is the factthat anyone ever saw it as shocking. The play centres on a raucous birthdayparty to whichMichael (Ian Hallard) has invitedfive other gay ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nicola Samer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Shakespeare did love a good mistaken identity plot, more often than not with female characters disguising themselves as men, but this was usually a means to an end, helping them to win the man they love. However, The Comedy of Errors makes that its main focus, creating a convoluted tale of ...

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Adding Machine: A Musical – Finborough Theatre, London

Writers: Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt Director: Josh Seymour Reviewer: Daniel Perks The monotonous repetition of a production line, the comfort in its cold, robotic predictability. The Stepford Wives 100 years previously without the uncertainty of human emotion, Adding Machine: A Musical certainly isn’t afraid to take a risk. Jason Loewith and Joshua Schmidt adapt Elmer Rice’s play into a ...

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Girls – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Ikoko Director: Elayce Ismail Reviewer: Deborah Klayman How far would you be willing to go to survive? Theresa Ikoko’s award-winning play Girls places three friends in an increasingly dangerous situation that challenges them individually to answer the question, and stretches their relationships, sometimes to breaking point. As the audience enters, Ruhab (Yvette Boakye), Haleema (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) and Tisana ...

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The WE Plays – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Andrew Maddock Directors: Phil Croft and Ashley Winter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Judgement, we’re all guilty of it, thinking we know all about someone’s life based solely on their age / appearance / what they sound like. And these first impressions tend to override logic because underneath, they are the same complex bundle of emotions, egos, experiences and aspirations as ...

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Natalia Osipova – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russel Maliphant, Arthur Pita, Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Serious question. Is it fair to go to a performance with an expectation how it might turn out? Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin’s reputations are pretty much as solid as they get in classical dance. They’re at the level where the pair are comfortably crossing into the mainstream consciousness ...

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