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Medea Electronica – The Pleasance, London

Writer/Director: Pecho Mama Reviewer: Gus Mitchell Medea is around 2500 years old now. It has been told and retold many times. Pecho Mama, a new company who have made Medea Electronica their debut show, have chosen a route which nobody could accuse of being unoriginal. Combining a solo, monologue performance with gig theatre inspired by synth and 80s progressive rock, the show ...

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Call Me Vicky – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers: Nicola Bland, Stacey Bland Director: Victoria Gimby Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With the point clearly flagged up by Vicky’s mother in the opening minutes, the 1980’s in London was a potentially dangerous place for men and women stepping outside gender and sexuality norms. And Vicky isn’t stepping so much as leaping vibrantly into an unpredictable future, complete with leopard-print heels, ...

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How to Catch a Krampus – The Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Ginger Johnson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are alternative Christmas shows and then there are seriously alternative Christmas shows. Ginger Johnson’s How to Catch a Krampusis very much the latter, a bizarre horror-panto-drag mix that defies explanation. With a mission to shun standard heteronormative approaches to yuletide fare and with two LGBTQ+ charities benefitting from the run, this ...

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A Sockful of Custard – The Pleasance, London

Writers and Directors: Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are living through a particular period of comedy nostalgia, looking back at some of the UK’s finest post-war writers and performers. Earlier this year Seabright productions presented a warm tribute to Croft and Perry in Dad’s Army Radio Hour, while television has celebrated the 20thanniversary of The League of ...

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INTERVIEW: Tom Vallen on A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing, a play that profiles Body Dysmorphic Disorder, (BDD) and was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe is currently playing at London’s Pleasance Theatre. Written by and starring, Tom Vallen, A Gym Thing is a complex and powerful love story set within a 60-minute physical workout.   Will, played by Vallen, is a regular at his local gym ...

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Dames – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Merriam Director: Jamie Garven Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Dames – there is nothing quite like one, but the word itself conjures an image of a particular type of woman; not placid or ladylike but complex, refusing to conform and possibly even dangerous. You imagine a femme fatale in a hard-boiled film noir, or a no-nonsense Jane Russell type refusing ...

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Spiked – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Felicite du Jeu Director: Gemma Kerr Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Motherhood brings with it many skills, a need to nurture, to support and particularly the selfless desire for your child’s life to be better than your own. But, it can also reveal some less pleasant aspects of personality, which Felicite du Jeu’s new play Spiked explores, as three very different London ...

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Moonfleece – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Max Harrison Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In our more divisive times, it has become easier to make wide-ranging assumptions about people based on their politics. Lazy stereotypes abound which make it easier to categorise people, establishing ideas of “us” and “them” separating the liberals from the radicals. A revival of Philip Ridley’s 2010 play Moonfleece at the ...

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