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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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The Psychic Project – The Vaults, London

Performer: David Narayan Reviewer: Richard Maguire Billed as a mind-reading show, The Psychic Project initially ran for just an hour. In its newest iteration at The Vaults in London it probably still lasts an hour, but with a 20-minute delay to proceedings and then an interval coming in after only 30 minutes, the show extends over two hours. Perhaps it ...

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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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Vulvarine – The King’s Head Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Robyn Grant and Daniel Foxx Music: James Ringer-Beck Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Female superheroes are few and far between but in the last two years they have been gaining ground with franchise-boosting appearances for Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman – even the somewhat lacklustre new X-Men movie has a female-centric plot. At the same time sci-fi stage shows ...

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Brexit – Kings Head Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky Director: Tom Salinsky Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Smartly written and perceptive at times, the jokes and political giggles come fast with Brexit but unlike its real-world counterpart, it’s not likely to make a lasting impact. Some three years after the UK voted to leave the EU the Tory party has just elected a new Prime Minister ...

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Afterglow – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: S Asher Gelman Director: Tom O’Brien Reviewer: Stephen Bates With this year’s Olivier-Award winner, Mathew Lopez’ The Inheritance, having followed quickly on the heels of successful revivals of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, London has not, in recent times, been short of dramas that chronicle the lives of gay men in ...

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While The Sun Shines -Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire For every cutting-edge play like 2014’s dystopian Pomona, or this year’s smart and queer Out of Water, artistic director Paul Miller throws in a Shaw or a Rattigan to keep the more traditional audience of The Orange Tree Theatre happy. Miller’s productions of rarely performed works by these playwrights are always ...

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