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Len Blanco: Firing Blancs  – The VAULT Festival, London

Writer and Performer: Len Blanco/ Helen White Director:  Freyja Winterson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Len Blanco, former member of 1990s boyband M4, is live at The Palladium, for one night only! He’s on the comeback tour. If the Backstreet Boys can do it, then so can Len. He’s still got the moves, he’s still got the voice, but, unfortunately, Firing Blancs, ...

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A Wake in Progress – The VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Joel Samuels Director: Liz Bacon Reviewer: Mike Wells Death is a subject rarely associated with celebration, but A Wake in Progress challenges this idea with a mixture of good humour and audience participation. Tonight, we followed Daffodil’s story (her name decided by a member of the audience) played by Molly Small (also decided by the audience). The show begins with ...

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Greyscale  – The VAULT Festival, London

Writers: Joel Samuels and Madeline Gould   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In 2018 a female photographer with the pseudonym of Grace accused the American comedian Aziz Ansari of sexual assault after their date. The couple went back to his flat in New York after dinner, and the two engaged in sexual activity. If you read her account of the evening it is ...

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Black is the Color of My Voice / Soul Sessions – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer and Performer: Apphia Campbell Directors: Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs Reviewer: Stephen Bates Born on 21 February 1933 in Tyron, North Carolina, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, sixth child of a preacher man, was to become Nina Simone, internationally renowned soul singer and American Civil Rights activist. Her story is told here in Black is the Color of My Voice, a ...

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The Animals and Children Took To The Streets – HOME, Manchester

Music: Lillian Henley Writer/Director: Suzanne Andrade Reviewer: Sam Lowe “Granny’s Gum Drop?” a mysterious woman asks walking around the auditorium handing out sweets to the audience. People are compelled to take them, even if they don’t end up eating them. This is no innocent gesture in kind as the sweets are for a political purpose. The performers tonight are: Felicity ...

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Dracula – The London Library, London

Writer / Adapter: Kate Kerrow Director: Helen Tennison Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Site-specific theatre productions deal with a unique set of constraints. Whether that’s an immovable object in the middle of the perfect staging area, an audience expectation of what should happen in an area or even awkward acoustics. Creation Theatre from Oxfordshire specialise in this area though and have done ...

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Jade City  –  The VAULT Festival, London

Writer: Alice Malseed Director:  Katherine Nesbitt Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Surprisingly for a play set in Northern Ireland, Jade City is not about The Troubles, and yet the threat of violence is never far away in this lyrical two-hander by Alice Malseed. In revealing the lives of two Belfast lads, Jade City is a brutal examination of masculinity. Sas and Monty,both approaching their ...

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Lovecraft After Dark – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Goodwin Directors: Jonathan Goodwin and Gary Archer Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The warning signs are in the title. Other short plays in the Old Red Lion’s second Lovecraft Festival, a week of works inspired by the American writer of pulp horror, name themselves after the works they are adapting. In contrast, Lovecraft After Dark could apply to any of his ...

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