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Stop And Search – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Gabriel Gbadamosi Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer:  Grace Patrick The insular, slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of the Arcola Theatre’s Studio 2 is perfectly suited to Gabriel Gbadamosi’s Stop And Search. As the lives of the small cast of characters run rings around one another, unable to ever really escape their influence upon one another, the looming spectre of the past fills ...

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Waltz of the Hommelettes – The Barbican, London

Creator and Director: Patrick Sims Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Of all the cultural events a new year brings January in London is really dedicated to two important fringe celebrations; while the Vaults Festival under the arches of Waterloo begins its eight-week run shortly, with over 40 years of experience the London International Mime Festival is always the first big event of ...

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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It can’t be easy having to step into another performer’s shoes at short notice, especially when the show was written with the original incumbent in mind, but this is exactly what Darren Day has done: the Hippodrome’s panto for 2018/9 was originally ...

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Original Death Rabbit – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Rose Heiney  Director: Hannah Joss  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At several points in Rose Heiney’s blackly funny Original Death Rabbit, the typical trying-to-be-sympathetic view of mental health issues is punctured. The concerned expression, eyes to the floor, acknowledging how seriously we need to take other people’s mental health, tied with the unspoken belief that such things only deserve to befall other ...

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Coming Clean – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Written 36 years ago and feeling as if it were written last summer by a sharp young observer of today’s relationship trends, Coming Clean proves that an insight is timeless. Spreadbury-Maher’s production comes to the West End stage from a successful run at the King’s Heat in Islington. Each venue allows ...

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Anomaly – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Liv Warden Director: Adam Small Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Post-Weinstein. Post-Spacey. Pre-Preston” reads the publicity for Liv Warden’s debut play, Anomaly, Philip Preston being the pivotal, albeit unseen, figure. However, in an hour-long drama that is sharp, sensitive and powered by topicality, the writer concerns herself less with Preston’s misdemeanours than with the impact on his three daughters.  The oldest ...

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An Enemy Of The People – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen/ Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Grace Patrick First written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller and finally directed and slightly adapted by Phil Willmott, An Enemy Of The People at the Union Theatre had no short journey to reach its latest audience. With the US gripped by a dubious administration and facing numerous land and ...

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In Lipstick – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Annie Jenkins Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The chance to start again is most appealing at each New Year, a watershed, a chance to amend our habits, health and happiness, yet those January resolutions fade before the month is out because our old self, our true self is never fully overcome. While we are annually encouraged to reinvent ...

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