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Don’t Look Away – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Grace Chapman Director: Nicholas Pitt Reviewer: David Guest Asylum seekers and their plight is an issue regularly seen on the news, but increasingly the topic is being explored on stage as more and more people ask the question, “What can be done?” The impact on the refugees is portrayed on a large scale in plays such as The Jungle, ...

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Neck or Nothing – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers and Directors: Christopher Neels and Callum Cameron Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The 1996 documentary Project Grizzly told the efforts of Canadian Troy Hurtubise and his team to build a $150,000 suit of armour that would withstand the attack of a grizzly bear, so that he could observe them up close in the wild. That the documentary didn’t take Hurtubise’s efforts entirely ...

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Night of the Living Dead™ LIVE! – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Mike WellsThe title alone is enough to excite any horror movie aficionado. The original Night of the Living Dead™vmight be over 60 years old now, but five sequels and two remakes later, it’s legacy as an icon of the genre is as strong as ever. It redefined the ...

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Ali and Dahlia – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Tariq Jordan Director: Kerry Kyriacos Michael Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Romeo and Juliet stories are one of dramas must reliable tropes, two lovers cruelly divided by circumstance, putting them culturally and socially at odds in spite of their physical attraction. Tariq Jordan’s first play, Ali and Dahlia which premieres at the Pleasance Theatre, adds a modern political twist when an Israeli ...

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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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