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Valued Friends – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Stephen Bates We hear a great deal today about the difficulties that young people face in getting a foothold on the property ladder, which makes it easy to forget that, only 30 years ago, during the era of the Margaret Thatcher Government, home ownership was almost mandatory and the property ladder could often ...

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Zeus on the Loose – Fire Nightclub, London

Writer/Director: Emma Rollason Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The world of Greek mythology is so riven with bizarre, often incestuous stories that to use it as the basis for a musical requires careful thought. Be it Hadestown, Disney’s Hercules or even the rock musical Myth which played at The Other Palace in 2018, several attempts have shown that, with care and precision, ...

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Mother of Him – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Evan Placey Director: Max Lindsay Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty With a fascinating idea, a punchy script and quality acting talent, everything seems to be in place for a flawless night out. It comes reasonably close, but a few niggles mean that while this is an intriguing, impactful piece it doesn’t quite live up to its promise. Mother of Him follows ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Deerskin

Writer and Director: Quentin Dupieux Reviewer: Richard Maguire Georges wants to be the only person in the world to wear a jacket in this daft French comedy which has cult hit written all over it. Serial killers have never looked so smart. Jean Dujardin, who won on Oscar in 2011 for his lead in the silent movie The Artist, plays ...

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A Theatre-Lovers Guide to the BFI London Film Festival

Now only a few days away, the sheer volume of films available at the BFI London Film Festival can seem pretty overwhelming. There are Strands which categorise movies by genre including “Thrill,” “Dare” and “Love,” there are glitzy Gala premieres of major international releases where members of the public can walk the red carpet with the stars, and there are ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Monos

Writer: Alejandro Landes and Alexis dos Santos Director: Alejandro Landes Reviewer: Richard Maguire This brutal depiction of child soldiers somewhere in the forests of South America looks beautiful. Green and fecund, the landscape of mountains and rivers extends beyond the camera, but at ground level the trees, the waterfalls and the mud keep the foot soldiers prisoners. Their lives are ...

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Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. – Royal Court, London

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Richard Maguire Greek myths and the plots of Shakespeare give substance to Caryl Churchill’s new plays currently at the Royal Court. Over three short plays, each lasting around 15 minutes, and one play lasting about an hour, Churchill questions whether we can live our own lives or whether we are governed by fate. ...

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Angela’s Ashes: The Musical – Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Music and Lyrics: Adam Howell Book: Paul Hurt Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Richard Maguire Croydon’s redevelopment continues, and this month the Modernist Fairfield Halls reopened its doors after a two-year renovation. It cost £42 million, but the results are impressive, and emphasise the features that many have likened to the Royal Festival Hall. Sleek windows fill the sun lounge with ...

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