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The Laundry – Drayton Arms, London

Writers: Brandon Force, Nicole Palomba and Audrey Thayer Director: Tracy Collier Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Who we are and where we come from still matters more than we’d care to admit. In some circles, having the right lineage will still open all kinds of doors, while for others a shared cultural and religious heritage defines whole communities. But as each generation ...

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FILM REVIEW: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Writer and Director: Ol Parker Songs: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Reviewer: Stephen Bates Our wonderful Summer has just got even sunnier. It’s time to forget about high art and think about guilty pleasures, time to take another trip back musically to an era of dancing queens and disco kings, time to take in the warm sea breezes and bask ...

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Precious Little Talent – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Dominique Chapman Reviewer: Richard Maguire If the directors taking part in the Directors’ Festival at The Orange Tree are the future of theatre, then we can expect some exciting times ahead. In the hands of Dominique Chapman, Precious Little Talent, a fast, fast-talking comedy about transatlantic relations, shines as bright as New York’s Chrysler Building.  On a rooftop in the city that never sleeps, 19-year-old Sam meets, improbably, an ...

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Katie Johnstone – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Samson Hawkins Reviewer: Richard Maguire If only all new directors had the energetic vision of Samson Hawkins. He directs Luke Barnes’ new play, Katie Johnstone, as if it were an Olympic sport. His actors are athletes in this precise, tight production. And despite all the mess on stage, it’s as clean as a referee’s whistle.  Katie Johnstone is part of the Directors’ Festival running at the ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – University of Law Gardens, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Steve Turner Written towards the end of the sixteenth century Shakespeare’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost features the longest scene and the longest word in any of his works. There is also more than the usual helping of sophisticated wordplay and convoluted literary references, such that it might seem a little impenetrable. Thankfully the Guildford ...

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End of the Pier – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Danny Robins Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There are many archetypes of British comedy at play in End of the Pier, Park Theatre’s new drama about funny business by Danny Robins. Michael is a mainstream BBC comedian, currently recording a second series of his stand-up show comprising mild, ineffectual material about struggling with duvet covers. His father Bobby ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Mischief Theatre Company’s winner of the Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and the Whatsonstage Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is on Broadway, in its fourth year in the West End and touring the UK. It seems its popularity knows no bounds as it’s award ...

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Latitude: Rag N’ Bone Man – Obelisk Arena

Reviewer: Simon Topping Rag “N” Bone Man, AKA Rory Rory Graham, has come a long way in a short time. His meteoric rise has come since the release of his debut solo album Human in the February of 2017. In under eighteen months his debut album has sold over three quarters of a million copies, he has won two Brit ...

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