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Dead Royal – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Director: Chris Ioan Roberts Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the Summer of 1981 the Duchess of Windsor invited to her secluded villa in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, the 19 year-old Lady Diana Spencer who was about to marry the Prince of Wales. Well maybe she didn’t, but Australian writer/director/performer Chris Ioan Roberts imagines such a meeting and makes ...

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MilkMilkLemonade – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Joshua Conkel Director: Rebecca Atkinson-Lord Reviewer: Nichola Daunton After premièring in New York in 2009, Joshua Conkel’s MilkMilkLemonade has finally made it across the pond to London’s Ovalhouse. An exploration of gender, sexuality, the human body and the societal rules that govern us, Conkel’s play is trashy, camp and often very touching. A slice of Deep South Americana that ...

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Ten Women – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Bethan Dear Director: Bethan Dear Reviewer: Christopher Hong Just as the news is in that the Swedish Feminist Party has won a seat in the European Parliament, here comes a work-in-progress on modern women by Jackdaw presented as part of the Ovalhouse FIRST BITE season. Ten women, or more accurately 16 actors and the general public, interspersed among the ...

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Our Big Land – Ovalhouse, London

Book/Music/Lyrics: Dan Allum Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Tom Finch Oceania is a dying breed of Romani gypsy, believing unwaveringly in the stories, rites and mythologies of her ancestors. In her camp in the forest she lives with her son, Roman telling stories. Oceania's world is under threat from the 21st century. Soon the arrival of a young girl who after ...

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The Secret Life of You and Me – Ovalhouse,London

Deviser: Lowri Evans and The Future Reviewer: Christopher Hong Lowri Evans was 30 years old and had nothing to show for it. So she decided to create a show, not necessarily about her life but a collection of notes, photographs, recordings and anecdotes. She wonders what her life could be as she puts on outfits at TK Maxx imagining lives ...

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The Anatomy of Melancholy – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Robert Burton Director: James Yarker Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:4] As adaptations go, this is ambitious in at least two ways: to bring in nearly 1,500 pages of a Renaissance self-help manual at a shade under three hours, and to bring to life material that is both undramatic and, even on a charitable interpretation, largely cobblers. The evening is divided ...

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The Lady’s Not For Walking Like An Egyptian – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Rachel Mars, Nat Tarrab Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:2.5] Headbands, leg warmers and multi-colored leotards, together with electric green and blue eyeshadow, it is unmistakably a show about the 80s. This work is nominally about Margaret Thatcher and explores her legacy and the culture of the decade. It is presented as a mixture of sketches with physical theatre and slapstick ...

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Moon Project – Ovalhouse, London

Writer: Rachel Blackman Director: Paul Hodson, Emma Roberts Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:2] A short flash of a car crash scene starts the show. This barely registers before things moveon to the next scene. Then a combination of movements, mood lighting and music sketches out the hectic lifestyle of Leila and a rather more relaxed Shahab. This is followed by yet ...

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