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The Distance You Have Come – Cockpit Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Scott Alan Director: Scott Alan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Scott Alan’s songwriting has a definite cachet among musical theatre cabaret performers. His pensive, yearning ballads provide a great opportunity for a singer to emote and demonstrate emotional depth as part of their set. A whole evening of such numbers, though, can risk monotony. There’s an earnestness to ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Drip Feed – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Karen Cogan Director: Oonagh Murphy Reviewer: David Keane Brenda has made a few dubious choices. These often involve alcohol and Olivia. Olivia is Brenda’s ex-girlfriend, though Brenda struggles to accept the ‘ex’ prefix, even if it has been years. Rifling through someone else’s recyclable rubbish was never part of the plan, yet here she is. Comforted through the toughest ...

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Play Something – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer/director: Paul T Davies Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For Proust, it was smell; the aroma of madeleines enough to evoke long-forgotten memories. For most of us, the effect is more noticeable in music, with songs able to remind us of pivotal, or not so pivotal, points in life. Such a phenomenon is the inspiration for Play Something, a play about two ...

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Grindr: The Opera – Above the Stag, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Erik Ransom  Director: Andrew Beckett  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The most fundamental and accurate observation that Grindr: The Opera makes comes in its first number. The advent of the mobile smartphone, whose GPS technology allows for distance-based searching, transformed the online dating space – particularly for those who, far from looking for Mr Right, were looking for Mr ...

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Glue  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Performer: Louise Wallwein Director: Susan Roberts Reviewer: Richard Maguire   There’s an empty seat in the audience. Its emptiness is accentuated by the single spotlight that illuminates it. Someone hasn’t turned up and poet Louise Wallwein isn’t sure if she can start her show. The next 70 minutes is a quest to find this missing person. Ostensibly, this ...

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Late Company – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jordan Tannahill Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving play, ...

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Twilight Song – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Best known for his play My Night With Reg, Kevin Elyot’s writing for the stage was dominated by a sense of yearning, and the deleterious effects of love. Completed before his death in 2014, Twilight Song illustrates, in its premiere production at the Park Theatre, an echoing of the same themes. ...

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