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Tales from the Garden – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Writers: Ameera Conrad and Kathleen Stephens Director: Kathleen Stephens Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A gentle yet challenging solo show from performer-activist Ameera Conrad, Tales from the Garden is a play about being a young woman, and navigating a world where women’s bodies are not their own. Set in both her native South Africa and in London, Conrad’s likeable character shares stories ...

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Once On This Island – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Music: Stephen Flaherty Director and choreographer: Lee Proud Reviewer: Stephen Bates Continuing The British Theatre Academy’s 2019 Summer Season, Once On This Island is a revival of a short musical which was seen on Broadway in 1990 and in the West End in 1994, the latter production winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. ...

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Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ’S’ on Her Vest – Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Writer: Laura Shoebottom Director: Liam Ashmead Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Fun, funny and cutting - Laura Shoebottom’s self-penned one hour, one woman monologue show is a smart look at anxiety, bullying, work and self-confidence. Covering abandonment, loneliness and, worst of all, a team-building weekend away with work Shoebottom (as Jenna) takes us inside the perspective of someone who feels trapped and ...

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River in the Sky – Hope Theatre, London

Writer and director: Peter Taylor Reviewer: Stephen Bates Peter Taylor’s riveting 70-minute one-act play, River in the Sky, was seen briefly at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in London just a few months ago. Its quick return for a longer run here is richly deserved. Taylor explores how a couple, both devastated by the loss of their child, find ways ...

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Tropez! – The Space, London

Creators: Nathan and Ida Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nathan and Ida have two shows playing at the Space’s Send in the Clowns festival. Tropez!, their newest show, is an inventive 50-minute of comedy gurning and miming, but ultimately too much of the humour is in the same register. Georges played by Nathan Peter Grassi is on holiday in St Tropez in ...

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Two Clowns Suffer an Existential Crisis – The Space, London

Creators: Curios Theatre Reviewer: Richard Maguire Somewhere in the world two clowns wait in their dressing room to be called on to stage. While they wait, they bicker and banter, trying out new routines, brushing up on old ones. But in the end they do very little. This is the existential crisis of clowns. Curios Theatre’s 50-minute show, part of ...

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame – St Paul’s Church, London

Writer:  Benjamin Polya Director: Bertie Watkins Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty  Darker than the children’s cartoon, and with a better goat, it’s reaching for something true to Hugo’s novel but undermines itself with a pantomime feel. The author chronicled the underclasses of France, humanising them in the eyes of those who disregarded them each day in the streets, and gave voice to ...

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Parade – The Other Palace, London

Book: Alfred Uhry Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Richard Maguire The National Youth Music Theatre never fails to impress when it takes over The Other Palace for its three weeks of musicals. Up first is Parade, Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s show about a murder in Georgia USA, and in many ways the NYMT’s ...

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