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Monolog – Chickenshed Theatre, London

Writer: Various Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Deborah Parry When you think monologue – Alan Bennett's Talking Heads would likely spring to mind. What started out as a collection of screenplays, first broadcast on the BBC in the 1980s, they have since gained worldwide fame, with the pieces being adapted for the stage and have been frequently performed around the globe. ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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The Drill – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writers: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Director: Billy Barrett Reviewer: Richard Maguire We often wonder how we would react to an emergency.  Would we still be able to deliver life-saving assistance to someone while bullets rattle above our heads? To truly prepare for such incidents the emergency services practise with the help of elaborate simulations, where people act out the ...

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Arnika – Bridewell Theatre, London

Writer: Mick Wood Director: Natasha Wood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Wars are full of atrocities, often huge political or military action against an entire nation or targeted group undertaken by those following a heinous ideology, and forever recorded in history. But there are plenty of smaller acts of betrayal committed by ordinary people that remain shrouded in mystery. Plenty of people ...

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Cirque Berserk  – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Richard Maguire Another circus comes to town, but despite its thrills and spills, its petrol fumes and its dry ice, there’s a sense that Cirque Berserk may have come to this town a little too late. Already this month we’ve had Cirque du Soleil at the Albert Hall, and Becoming Shades at the Vault Festival, not ...

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Cyril’s Success – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Henry J Byron Director: Hannah Boland Moore Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marking the 150th Anniversary of the building which is now home to the Finborough Theatre, there is a nice feeling of symmetry to this revival of a play also originating from 1868, placing a Victorian drawing room comedy in what could once have been a Victorian drawing room. Henry ...

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A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar) – New Diorama, London

Writer: Lulu Raczka Director: Ali Pidsley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the not-too-distant future, rolling electricity blackouts have become commonplace in Lulu Raczka’s startlingly dark piece A Girl in School Uniform (Walks Into a Bar). The effect, Raczka implies, is a near-total civil breakdown: the bar in which Bryony Davies’s Bell works has seen in its custom drop off to zero, ...

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Booby’s Bay – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Henry Darke Director: Chris White Reviewer: Richard Maguire There are no waves in this play about surfing, but there is a shark.  The Great White isn’t the only imposter on the Cornish beach, as Booby’s Bay, a new play at the tiny Finborough Theatre, is also concerned with those city slickers who buy up property in the county to ...

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