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Riot Act – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair Reviewer: Scott Matthewman This month sees the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots when the gay clientele of the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street fought back against yet another violent police raid. It was not the first such rebellion – the recent Netflix Tales of the City mini-series throws some light on the Compton’s ...

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Ino Moxo – Southbank Centre, London

Choreographer: Ana Zavala, Oscar Naters Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Based on Cesar Calvo’s novel “Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon” the production delivered by Grupo Integro touches on universal themes through a deeply enrooted cultural experience. The audience is as much a witness as an indirect participant of rituals displaying a conscious transcendence and reestablishment of ...

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Flux – Greenwich Theatre, London

Devised and Directed by: The Company Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Encouraging girls to study science is still an up-hill battle with a male-dominated sector that seems to resist the many schemes designed to encourage diversity. Slow progress is being made but has the lot of female scientists really change since 1984 when theatre company Smoking Apples set their new show Flux? ...

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Les Misérables – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel (based on the novel by Victor Hugo) Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Directors: Laurence Connor & James Powell Reviewer: Joan Phillips While the original 1985 production of Les Misérables continues to break box office records in London’s West End, the New touring version continues its hugely successful run and returns to the UK ...

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Woke – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer and performer: Apphia Campbell Reviewer: David Guest “Black Lives Matter” is a movement that has become a rallying cry over decades. Yet unchecked atrocities in the ongoing civil rights struggle in America and indeed around the world mean it is in serious danger of becoming little more than a clichéd hashtag. However watered down it has become, it remains ...

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CitySong – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Dylan Coburn Gray Director: Caitriona McLaughlin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Capturing the tone of a city and its people, distilling hundreds of thousands of lives into a single narrative structure seems like a near impossible task, yet for many writers, the creation of these pen portraits become a cathartic exercise, a love letter to the place they call home. Dylan ...

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Reparation Island – The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Kevin Fegan Director: Christopher Elmer-Gorry Reviewer: Katie Burchett Reparation Island: a place to share, to think, to repair, to rebuild. Kevin Fegan’s one-act play is performed by the ex-service men and women who make up Bravo 22 Company and is based on first-hand experiences from within the Armed Forces community in the Midlands. As the lights come up, eleven ...

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The Future – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Show title: The Future - Venue: Battersea Arts Centre, London Writer: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Future is a quirky exploration of Artificial Intelligence and lies somewhere between a TED Talk and a rock gig. However, its focus on zany and nerdy humour means that it fails to ask any new questions about AI that ...

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