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No Show – Soho Theatre, London

Director:  Ellie Dubois Reviewer:  Richard Maguire 2018 saw the revival of the circus and no sooner had one circus left town than another one arrived. With so many metaphorical tents jostling for space, each circus company must have its own spin, its own style, in order to stand out from the competition. No Show’s unique approach is an odd one, ...

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Chasing Bono  –  Soho Theatre, London

Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais Director:  Gordon Anderson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on the memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger by The Telegraph’s rock critic Neil McCormick, Chasing Bono is a gentle comedy about childhood aspirations. It’s written by the veteran pair Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais who gave us Porridgeand What Ever Happened to the Likely Lads, but, sadly, ...

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Laura  – Soho Theatre, London

Creator: Eiina Alminas Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Plays about jilted brides seem a little old-fashioned in 2018, and yet in her one-woman show Elina Alminas is Laura who has been left at the altar not once, but three times.  Over 60 minutes we see her crumble with rage, but unfortunately, we remain none the wiser to why the men in her ...

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Cuckoo – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Lisa Carroll Director: Debbie Hannan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The pressure to fit in never really leaves you, whether you are a woman in her 30s expected to have a few children or an OAP behaving disgracefully instead of knitting tea cosies. But that need to conform exerts its most intense power on teenagers and young adults who barely know ...

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Pickle Jar  – Soho Theatre, London

Writer and Performer: Maddie Rice Director:  Katie Pesskin Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Pickle Jar, written and performed by Maddie Rice, who played the lead in the revival of the theatrical version of the hit TV series Fleabag, comes to London after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.  This story of a secondary school teacher dealing with grief is heartfelt, but ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: Drip Feed – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Karen Cogan Director: Oonagh Murphy Reviewer: David Keane Brenda has made a few dubious choices. These often involve alcohol and Olivia. Olivia is Brenda’s ex-girlfriend, though Brenda struggles to accept the ‘ex’ prefix, even if it has been years. Rifling through someone else’s recyclable rubbish was never part of the plan, yet here she is. Comforted through the toughest ...

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Fabric – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Abi Zakarian Director: Hannah Hauer-King Reviewer: Scott Matthewman We place an awful lot of emphasis on clothing at various times in our life. What we wear to a first date; what the cut of a fine suit says about us; the burden of selecting the right wedding dress. And, all too often, the implication that what a woman is ...

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Flesh and Bone  –  Soho Theatre, London

Writer:  Elliot Warren Director:  Elliot Warren and Olivia Brady Reviewer:  Richard Maguire If Shakespeare had written EastEnders instead of plays about kings and princes then maybe Flesh and Bone would be this summer’s hit at The Globe. Giving his characters Shakespearian-sounding lines, with both metre and rhyme, Elliot Warren’s play turns the ordinary into the epic. It is sweary and coarse, shouty ...

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