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Stegosaurus – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: Ersi Niaoti Director: Joe Huffton Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The complicated psychological life of a woman with multiple eating disorders is explored in Greek playwright Ersi Niaoti’s one woman play Stegosaurus, receiving its English language premiere. Elpida Stathatou plays a woman whose backstory remains frustratingly elusive throughout – references to being a divorcée at the age of 30 and having ...

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La Ronde – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer and director: Max Gill Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play Reigen (or La Ronde) keeps reappearing in varying forms, itself like a car on a merry-go-round. David Hare and Peter Morgan are among the writers who have produced versions in recent years and here writer/director Max Gill comes up with yet another take on the classic. The essence of ...

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How (Not) to Live in Suburbia – Soho Theatre, London

How Not to Live In Suburbia - Annie Siddons

Writer: Annie Siddons Director: Justin Audibert and Nicki Hobday Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London, for those who live there, is the absolute centre of the world. It’s full of life, art, culture and all kinds of fun you can imagine, so the idea of moving away is inconceivable. Except one day we’ll almost certainly have to when marriage, children and a ...

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director:  Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a rare thing to be told before you see a show that it’s widely considered to be terrible, but in the programme for Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, which has been revived at The Union Theatre, Director Phil Willmott, Sondheim himself and ...

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ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble: From Home with Love – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Mavin Khoo and Ivan Perez Aviles Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Finding out who we are is one of life’s great challenges; some people find happiness in conformity, being like everyone else, accepted into the crowd, while others are destined to find their own path. The support we draw from others can equally conflict or confirm who we are supposed to ...

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Beware of Pity – Barbican Theatre, London

Adaptors: Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble Director: Simon McBurney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Pity is one of the most complicated emotions; on one hand, it speaks of compassion and thoughtfulness for others while, at the other extreme, it can be patronising or give the recipient false hope. Based on a novel by Stefan Zweig, theatre company Complicite ...

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Killing Time – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Zoe Mills Director: Antony Eden Reviewer: Stephen Bates   "No husband, no family, no religion" Hester moans as she faces up to dying alone in her small flat. In contrast, the play in which she appears is very much a family affair, being a collaboration between writer and actor Zoe Mills and her mother, composer, cellist and actor Brigit ...

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