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Dennis of Penge – Ovalhouse, London

Writer:  Annie Siddons Director:  Laura Keefe Reviewer:  Richard Maguire In Euripides’s The Bacchae, Dionysius comes to town to wreak revenge on Pentheus, the coldly rational King of Thebes. In Annie Siddons’s take on this ancient Greek tragedy, Dionysius is reimagined as Dennis, Thebes as Penge, and Pentheus is the name of the local job centre. Dennis of Penge is a modern tragedy ...

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Austerity & Me – The Ovalhouse, London

Director: Mahri Reilly. Reviewer: Hannah Powell. Austerity: difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure. An incredibly relevant topic that deserves a platform more so now exactly one year on to the date from Grenfell and in the process of Brexit than ever before. As stated by the company, ‘It’s the big word we’re told so little ...

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The Secret Keeper – Ovalhouse, Kennington

 cWriter: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J. Skilbeck Reviewer: David Guest In the week that the news media is filled with celebrities claiming everyone knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s secrets but was afraid to say anything, the new play by Angela Clerkin couldn’t be more timely. The Secret Keeper is a grim fairy tale for modern times with ...

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Eurohouse – The Ovalhouse

Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca in Eurohouse

Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is a sad but inevitable fact that no system is perfect – there will always be winners and losers. In all of the debates and discussions that lead up to last year's EU referendum, much focus was given to criticism and praise of the European Union in ...

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JOAN – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Director: Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: Alex Ramon From a silent film classic and an often-revived George Bernard Shaw play to songs by Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and Madonna, the singular figure of Joan of Arc has remained a somewhat unlikely icon and object of inspiration in 20th and 21st Century popular culture. This enduring fascination must be down, ...

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Custody – Ovalhouse, London

Creator: Urban Wolf Writer: Tom Wainwright Director: Gbemisola Ikumelo Reviewer: Deborah Klayman When a young black man dies in custody, the impact ripples through his family and community. Inspired by real life experiences of creator Urban Wolf (a.k.a. Urbain Hayo), and written by veteran playwright Tom Wainwright, Custody is a searing examination of institutional racism, which is simultaneously eye-opening and ...

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Kissing the Shotgun Goodnight – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Performer: Christopher Brett Bailey Dramaturg: Anne Rieger Reviewer: Stephen Bates Christopher Brett Bailey is one of those theatre-makers who does not make things easy for hisaudiences. His show This is How We Die, which toured the UK a couple of yearsback, pummelled us with weirdideas and anecdotes delivered at breakneck speed and ended with a loud performance by ...

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INTERVIEW: Ambreen Razia on The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

Across the UK, many young British Muslim women struggle to get their voice heard. The sometimes conflicting pressures of combining two cultures a challenge for the adolescents. Ambreen Razia's debut play takes a witty yet straight-talking look at the typical life of an aspirational 16-year old "Hounslow Girl". As the show prepares for a UK tour, Razia spoke to Glen ...

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