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Riot Act – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair Reviewer: Scott Matthewman This month sees the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots when the gay clientele of the Stonewall Inn on New York’s Christopher Street fought back against yet another violent police raid. It was not the first such rebellion – the recent Netflix Tales of the City mini-series throws some light on the Compton’s ...

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Tumulus – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Adams  Director: Matt Steinberg  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The chemsex party scene – combinations of drug-taking and sex, which can go on for days at a time – is a growing problem among some sections of London’s gay male subculture. As a result, a number of fringe plays have set themselves in and around such a scene. For the ...

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No Kids – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Nir Paldi and George Mann Reviewer: Andrea Allen To have children, or to not have children. That is the question Ad Infinitum confront inNo Kids, a no-holds-barred, devastatingly brilliant two-hander about a same-sex couple confronting the ethical, environmental and self-sacrificing implications one faces considering raising a child in the 21stcentury. Performed and devised by Ad Infinitum co-founders and real-life ...

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Sick – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Shey Hargreaves Director: Molly Naylor Reviewer: Scott Matthewman One of the publishing successes of 2018’s This is Going to Hurt, doctor-turned-performer Adam Kay’s memoir of working on the frontlines of the NHS. The winning combination of humour and the devastating effects of the demands placed on those working on in the Health Service resulted in a compelling read, and ...

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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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