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Late Company – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jordan Tannahill Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving play, ...

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The Host – The Yard Theatre, London

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Zoe Lafferty Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the 2016 Brexit referendum almost 60% of London voters elected to remain, and in response to the result, Mayor Sadiq Khan launched his #LondonisOpen campaign. He said ‘We don’t simply tolerate each other’s differences, we celebrate them.’ But when push comes to shove how welcoming are Londoners to foreigners? This ...

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Loot – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michel Fentiman Reviewer: Stephen Bates   When Joe Orton’s life was cut short so cruelly in 1967, he left behind only a small body of works. Loot was his second stage hit, following quickly on the heels of Entertaining Mr Sloane and, 52 years after its first appearance, its ability to shock audiences has, inevitably, diminished. ...

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Motherlogues – Etcetera Theatre, London

Motherlogues

Writers and Directors: The cast and contributors Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not easy being a 21st Century woman; there are plenty of freedoms, rights and open conversations about being whoever you want to be and making your own choices, but at the same time a lot of those choices still lead to external judgement – you want to have five ...

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Moments – Hen & Chickens Theatre, London

Writer: Julia Cranney Director: Richard Speir Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Loneliness is the scourge of modern society, especially for those who move to the big city with dreams of exciting lifestyles and endless Instagram opportunities. The reality can be quite different as people struggle to establish themselves in a sea of strangers, where opportunities to meet people are genuinely few and ...

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Against – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Shinn Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Christopher Shinn’s new play Against is proof that no good deed goes unpunished, and in the world of tech billionaires you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We take quite a contradictory view of big multinationals or famous entrepreneurs patronising the arts or starting charity missions – they ...

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Salad Days – Union Theatre, London

Book: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Lyrics: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally written in 1952 as a fun summer musical for Bristol Old Vic’s resident theatre company, Salad Days evokes a gentler, simpler age, while also incorporating English eccentricity both in its characters and its own plot. Upon graduating from university, friends Timothy (Laurie Denman) and ...

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Collision – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Kurt Schwitters Music: Lewis Coenen Rowe Director: Cecilia Stinton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most artists and writers are their own worst critics so, if they decide not to share something with the world, it’s usually for good reason - the furore that followed the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the supposed sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird is a ...

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