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On Monday Last Week – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adapted by: Saaramaria Kuittinen Director: Erika Eva Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Life is never what you think it will be, and however much you dream or plan things always end looking very different. Whether you’ve spent years imagining your ideal job or just rehearsed a difficult conversation in your head, other people never seem to follow the ...

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The Grift – Town Hall Hotel, London

Writer: Tom Salamon Director: Tom Salamon Reviewer: Richard Maguire All theatre depends on a certain suspension of belief, but this new immersive experience by Tom Salamon, who brought us 2016’s Goosebumps Alive, starts by asking us to swallow some unusually tall stories. But with much immersive theatre, the story is less important than the act of participation, and in The ...

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BLOG: Inside COMPANY – The Beginning.

Writing an exclusive blog for The Reviews Hub, actor Arun Blair-Mangat will take us over the next few weeks behind the scenes at the brand new production of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY which opens at Aberdeen Arts Centre from the 1st - 10th February. Mounting a brand new production of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY in three weeks….should be a piece of cake, right? After spending ...

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Ken – The Bunker, London

Writer: Terry Johnson Director: Lisa Spirling Reviewer: Stephen Bates The Bunker has become a warm place of refuge during these cold Winter evenings. Warmth radiates from Terry Johnson’s affectionate remembrance of the rogue East London theatre-maker and performer Ken Campbell, who died aged 66 in 2006; warmth also comes from the transformed theatre itself, freshly carpeted throughout, decorated by a ...

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Becoming Shades  – The Vault, London

Director: Laurane Marchive Reviewer: Richard Maguire If one were consigned to Hell, it may look like The Vault under the arches at Waterloo Station with its damp, peeling walls, and the constant rumble of trains overhead could be the sound of the furnace where one’s soul would burn indefinitely.  Becoming Shades, a dark, sexy circus based on Persephone’s descent into ...

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The Believers Are But Brothers – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Javaad Alipoor Directors: Kirsty Housley & Javaad Alipoor Reviewer: Stephen Bates “Keep your mobile ‘phones ON and keep them on LOUD” we are instructed, thereby making this different from any normal visit to the theatre before even leaving the foyer. But Javaad Alipoor’s hour-long show/presentation/lecture is anything but a normal visit to the theatre. Alipoor’s topic is radicalisation. Heard and ...

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Dietrich: Natural Duty – The Vaults, London

Writer: Peter Groom and Oliver Gully Director: Oliver Gully Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty This is not, by any measure, an exhaustive account of Marlene Dietrich’s life, or even her war experience. But Peter Groom’s portrayal and biographical presentation gives so much emotional depth and insight into the woman, and the character, that in one short hour we feel we know her ...

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Oranges & Elephants the Musical – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer Lil Warren Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Can you smell the gin-soaked walls?” cries the chair (Susannah van der Berg) in her red tailcoat and top hat. You can’t literally smell gin, but Hoxton Hall reeks of history. Dating back to 1866, the theatre is suitably old-fashioned in its three-tiered layout with the red draw curtains and a ...

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