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The Ideal Woman – Cockpit Theatre, London

Devised and Directed by: The Company Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While much of the theatre world has migrated north for the Edinburgh Festival, there is still plenty of activity for anyone staying in London. The month-long Camden Fringe, now in its 14thyear has over 300 shows at numerous venues including a variety of plays, comedy shows and cabaret that will intrigue ...

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Alpha Who? – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Franco Director: Gail Sixsmith Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The statistic that in the UK, every week 84 men take their own lives is high in the publicity for performance artist Matt Franco’s meditation on the male psyche. An explanation of why that may be might look at the expectations of “masculinity”, the toxicity of such expectations and how tempting ...

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Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer and director: Rocky Rodriguez Jr Reviewer: Stephen Bates In May 1969, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their seven-day bed-in for peace in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, a private protest intruded on only by the world’s media. At the time, the Vietnam War was raging, political assassinations had rocked America and Cvil Rights and student protests were ...

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Cry, Blueberry – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Richard Canal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Clowns in popular culture are rarely humorous and whether they’re the murderous subjects of Stephen King novels or child-hating alcoholics in black comedies like Psychoville, the clown is a rich subject for drama. Despite their association with slapstick humour, combining the need to make people laugh with an inner sadness makes them ...

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Gate – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Artemis Fitzalan Howard Director: Sadie Spencer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death is that ‘undiscovered country’ as a plentiful supply of Hamlets has informed us this season. But what if death wasn’t so mysterious, in fact it could be rather drab. Artemis Fitzalan Howard’s new comic play Gate, showing at the Cockpit Theatre, considers modern expectations of death and belief in ...

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LoveStuck – The Cockpit, London

Book: Adam Wollerton Music: PJ Nielsen and Jake Few Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The university years have been strangely overlooked by musicals and while the last years of secondary school seem to be the focus of many well-known shows, what happens next is in many ways more formative. Grease, High School Musical and even the forthcoming Mean Girls musical all look ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nina Brazier Composer: Kim Ashton Reviewer: Michael Gray This 60-minute musical re-imagining of Shakespeare's problem play is a boldly ingenious experiment with the drama. This year has seen many Shakespeare-inspired performances. Song recitals, of course, but also Mendelssohn, Walton, Korngold et al in concert with extracts from the canon. And it's not long since The Winter's ...

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The Mirror Never Lies – Cockpit Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: Joe Giuffre Music: Juan Iglesias Director: Joe Giuffre Reviewer: Stephen Bates Based on the novel The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym, first published in 1978, this new 90-minute chamber musical is set among people who "go to auctions and expensive lunches", beautiful people for whom appearance is everything and ageing is a matter for self-denial. Leonora (Francesca Ellis) ...

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