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Puzzle Creature – The Place, London

Creators: Neon Dance Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Puzzle Creature, or, perhaps, Adventures in and out of a Polytunnel, is an ambitious project by dance company Neon Dance that doesn’t quite find its feet. Arriving at The Place, we are asked to leave our shoes and coats in the bar. The publicity for the show suggests that we will share the same ...

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The Wider Earth – Natural History Museum, London

Writer and director: David Morton Reviewer: Stephen Bates The prime functions of theatre are said to be to entertain, educate and inform and David Morton’s production of The Wider Earth, first seen in Australia, makes a fairly good stab at ticking all three boxes. The fact that the Natural History Museum has created a space in its Darwin Centre especially ...

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Reckonings – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, and Alesandra Seutin Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Sadler’s Wells is 20 years old this week. On 11 October 1998, Sadler’s Wells re-opened with its new foyers, and its deeper, wider stage, and became London’s premiere theatre devoted to dance. Many feet have touched upon its stage, but, as artistic director Alistair Spalding explained at the end of ...

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War With The Newts   – The Bunker, London

Writer and Director: Tyrrell Jones Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the classic sci-fi book by Czech writer Karel Ĉapek, War with the Newts tells the story of how an intelligent species of newts is put to work by greedy industrialists. Knaïve Theatre’s version, set in the present day, may be a comic take on 1936novel, but it retains the big ideas ...

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Mythic – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: Marcus Stevens Music: Oran Eldor Director and choreographer: Sarah O’Gleby Reviewer: Stephen Bates The good news is that, when the time comes around for looking back on the year, Mythic is unlikely to be named as the worst new musical to hit London in 2018. The bad news is that there are many times during its 90 ...

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Bullet Hole  – Park Theatre, London

Writer:  Gloria Williams Director:  Lara Genovese Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Bullet Hole may be an odd title for a play about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and throughout the duration of this 90-minute, three-hander,  bullet holes are never referenced. We’re left to decipher the title ourselves, and when the penny drops it’s devastating. Cleo is staying at Eve’s house, recovering from something that ...

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The Sweet Science of Bruising – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Joy Wilkinson Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Stephen Bates It could come as a surprise to many that, 143 years before Nicola Adams picked up her first Olympic Gold Medal, women’s boxing was already underway. Writer Joy Wilkinson delves into this little-known activity for her new play and uses it as the foundation for a startling, visceral account of ...

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Side Show  – CLF Art Cafe, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director:  Dom O’Hanlon Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Side Show wasn’t a success when it first opened on Broadway in 1997. However, after a successful revival in 2015, it premiered in the UK at the Southwark Playhouse a year later.  Theatre company Pint of Wine’s new production at the cool CLF Art Cafe in Peckham ...

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