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Blind Man’s Song – Pleasance Theatre, London

Director: Guillaume Pigé Original music: Alex Judd Reviewer: Stephen Bates   To the blind, everything visual exists only in the form of imagination. Expanding on this theme, Theatre Re has created this one-hour piece of dream-like physical theatre to take us into the mind of a sight impaired person, but audiences able to see the performance are invited to relate ...

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Wolf Meat – Pleasance Theatre, London

Carla Espinoza and Oliver Harrison in Wolf Meat

Director: Mick Barnfather Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   When you leave a theatre and you don’t know what to say, it’s usually one of two extremes; either the thing you've just seen has so touched and moved you that your brain is still processing how magnificent it was while your heart is awarding those rarely bestowed five stars… or it’s because ...

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Red Riding Hood – Pleasance Theatre, London

The cast of Red Riding Hood at Plesance Theatre

Book and Lyrics: Jake Brunger Music and Lyrics: Pippa Cleary Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Red Riding Hood is one of the darkest children’s tales; the story alone, with its focus on grandma gobbling and big bad wolves, gives it one of the most sinister plots, while looking again as an adult you can see it as a ...

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Nutcracker! The Musical – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Book and lyrics: Nancy Holson Director: Ollie Fielding Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Tchaikovsky’s TheNutcracker is everywhere each Christmas - in opera houses, on ice and now as a musical on the fringe - but isn’t stripping it of its dance a little bit like performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without words? When the centrepiece of the second act ...

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INTERVIEW: Julie McNamara and Paulette Randall

The centenary of the First World War has led to a resurgence of interest in stories from the era. Many, now long forgotten, voices of the War have begun to resurface. Many of those voices though are from the men who fought but the true story of Dorothy Lawrence, who disguised herself as a man and rode to the front ...

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Hotel Paradiso – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: Michael Vogel Reviewer: Rachael Hickman Berlin-based company, Familie Flöz are true masters of the mask. With almost 20 years experience in redefining this theatre form, they create universally understandable pieces that tour the world. Perfectly describing their show Hotel Paradiso, which premiered in 2008, as Fawlty Towers meets Bates Motel, it’s also evocative of the quirky and farcical Grand ...

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Free Fall – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Joanna Trainor   Andrea is stood at the top of Dartford Bridge working up the courage to throw herself off, while toll booth worker Roland is just looking for someone to talk to. Suicide is an issue that has to be dealt with near perfectly for a performance about it to work, and ...

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Women of Twilight – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Sylvia Rayman Director: Jonathan Rigby Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Washing strung up on a line, three small beds crammed into a basement, black mould on damp walls, a rapacious landlady: this is not ideal accommodation for anyone, let alone a new mother and her baby. The mistake the nine female lodgers have made, according to the mores of 1950's England, ...

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