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Smallholding – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Andy Moseley ‘You miss so much when you’re looking the other way’ proclaims Jen, one of the two characters in Smallholding. By the end of the play I was more concerned about what I’d seen looking the right way. Smallholding seems to have been conceived to meet Hightide Festivals selection criteria. Set in ...

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Poilu and Tommy – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Mick Wood Director: Natasha Wood Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Theatre Voliere’s new production ‘Poilu and Tommy’ explores the fragile relationship of the present with the past through a bittersweet tale of friendship, secrets, war, politics and poetry. By linking a young man’s memories of childhood in the English countryside in1900 with his present situation in war torn France a powerful ...

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Bel Ami The Musical – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer, Lyricist and Composer: Alex Loveless Director: Chris Loveless Reviewer: Stephen Bates Centring on the intertwined worlds of journalism and politics, Guy de Maupassant’s novel, Bel Ami, told of corruption, greed, immorality and hypocrisy at the highest level of public life. The original setting was France in the 1880s, but crossing the Channel and leaping forward to the 21st Century, ...

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Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus – The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Mary Shelley Adaptor: Adam Dechanel Director: Simon James Collier Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz On a quintessentially Gothic stormy night in 1816, a group of Romantic intellectuals found themselves unable to leave their holiday villa in Geneva. Trapped by the weather and looking to pass the time, they took turns telling each other tales of horror. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley ...

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Storm in a Teacup – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Hot Coals and Alice Robinson, inspired by Anton Chekhov Director: Alice Robinson Reviewer: Sarah Setter The Park Theatre's first ever piece of physical theatre comes in the form of Storm in a Tea Cup by Hot Coals Theatre Ensemble. The show is a cartoon-like physical comedy with walking sticks, a fake nose and false teeth; taking place in Park90. ...

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Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Laurence Sterne Adaptor: Callum Hale Director: Mark R Scopes Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Adapted from Laurence Sterne’s bawdy 18th century anti-novel, Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen, it seems Micawber theatre company have also taken inspiration from Michael Winterbottom’s inventive film A Cock and Bull Story, as Lewis Allcock’s Toby Shandy can’t help but remind you of a certain Rob Brydon. One of ...

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Our Big Land – Ovalhouse, London

Book/Music/Lyrics: Dan Allum Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Tom Finch Oceania is a dying breed of Romani gypsy, believing unwaveringly in the stories, rites and mythologies of her ancestors. In her camp in the forest she lives with her son, Roman telling stories. Oceania's world is under threat from the 21st century. Soon the arrival of a young girl who after ...

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HMS Pinafore – Hackney Empire, London

Writers: W.S. Gilbert &A.S Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Thom Finch Deep in the hull of a World War 2 battleship the crew are telling a story. Using just a few bunk beds, a piece of rope and some makeshift costumes the group transform their humdrum dorm into a world of romance, patriotism and high jinx. Set aboard the eponymous ...

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