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A Sockful of Custard – The Pleasance, London

Writers and Directors: Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are living through a particular period of comedy nostalgia, looking back at some of the UK’s finest post-war writers and performers. Earlier this year Seabright productions presented a warm tribute to Croft and Perry in Dad’s Army Radio Hour, while television has celebrated the 20thanniversary of The League of ...

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INTERVIEW: Tom Vallen on A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing, a play that profiles Body Dysmorphic Disorder, (BDD) and was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe is currently playing at London’s Pleasance Theatre. Written by and starring, Tom Vallen, A Gym Thing is a complex and powerful love story set within a 60-minute physical workout.   Will, played by Vallen, is a regular at his local gym ...

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Dames – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Merriam Director: Jamie Garven Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Dames – there is nothing quite like one, but the word itself conjures an image of a particular type of woman; not placid or ladylike but complex, refusing to conform and possibly even dangerous. You imagine a femme fatale in a hard-boiled film noir, or a no-nonsense Jane Russell type refusing ...

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Spiked – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Felicite du Jeu Director: Gemma Kerr Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Motherhood brings with it many skills, a need to nurture, to support and particularly the selfless desire for your child’s life to be better than your own. But, it can also reveal some less pleasant aspects of personality, which Felicite du Jeu’s new play Spiked explores, as three very different London ...

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Moonfleece – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Max Harrison Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In our more divisive times, it has become easier to make wide-ranging assumptions about people based on their politics. Lazy stereotypes abound which make it easier to categorise people, establishing ideas of “us” and “them” separating the liberals from the radicals. A revival of Philip Ridley’s 2010 play Moonfleece at the ...

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Don Giovanni – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Sophie Gilpin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Whoever scheduled this faithful adaption of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Pleasance Theatre must have had incredible foresight, as this revival has come at a time when revelations of female sexual abuse at the hands of men in positions of power has dominated the news. Central to Mozart’s tale is ...

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It Is So Ordered – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Conor Carroll Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hope has always had such a good reputation, something that persists when life is at its most bleak but hope is also destructive, especially when the possibilities it affords do nothing but tease the suffering into feeling again. “It’s the hope that kills” Johnny explains after serving 50 years for a ...

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Louise Orwin: A Girl and a Gun – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Louise Orwin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Depictions of violent crime against women have become increasingly common in the grittier crime dramas that skirt the line between reflecting and glamorising reality. But despite a mini-backlash against these shows, the prevalence of these images and the domineering power-relationship they’re based on is much more embedded than you think. Louise Orwin brings her ...

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