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Actually – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Anna Ziegler Director: Oscar Toeman Reviewer: David Guest Powerful and pertinent themes pervade Anna Ziegler’s Actually – but the important central contemporary subject matter never becomes more important than the broader human questions, the gripping drama and scintillating performances. Indeed, in this potent two-hander by Anna Ziegler the obvious question about sexual consent and what really happened on one ...

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Equus – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We hear a lot about the psychology of a play and the relative success of a particular staging based on how well the director and cast have constructed the emotional, physical and intellectual world in which the characters exist. Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play Equus is even more unusual dealing with the practice ...

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Dark Sublime – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Michael Dennis Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Cult sci-fi classics have significant life beyond the rigid episodic structure of television, giving rise to conventions, online forums and fan fiction that allows devotees to live within the world of their favourite show for a few hours. Michael Dennis’ debut play Dark Sublime examines this phenomenon from the point of view ...

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education education education – Trafalgar Studios, London

Creators: The Wardrobe Ensemble Directors: Jesse Jones and Helen Middleton Reviewer: Stephen Bates Before Afghanistan, Iraq, the banking crisis, austerity and Brexit, there existed hope for a brighter new Millennium for our country. Wardrobe Ensemble’s raucous show is set in a comprehensive school in May 1997, when the Spice Girls, Take That and Oasis filled the airwaves, the United Kingdom ...

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Vincent River – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: David Guest Hate crime, according to statistics, is on the increase around the world. In the UK there is such concern about the global issue that the #WeStandTogether campaign and National Hate Crime Awareness Week aim to raise awareness and encourage communities to come together. East Londoner Philip Ridley is known for his ...

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Admissions  –  Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director:  Daniel Aukin Reviewer:  Richard Maguire This smart and talky new play by Joshua Harmon, who gave us Bad Jews, tackles racism within the high school and university admissions systems in America. Although the action takes places in leafy New Hampshire we have similar problems in the UK with Oxbridge accepting fewer black students than other less prestigious ...

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Black is the Color of My Voice / Soul Sessions – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer and Performer: Apphia Campbell Directors: Arran Hawkins and Nate Jacobs Reviewer: Stephen Bates Born on 21 February 1933 in Tyron, North Carolina, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, sixth child of a preacher man, was to become Nina Simone, internationally renowned soul singer and American Civil Rights activist. Her story is told here in Black is the Color of My Voice, a ...

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Misty – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arinzé Kene Director: Omar Elerian Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arinzé Kene’s 2017 play good dog established the writer as an astute commentator on modern urban tensions, with his narrator positioned on a balcony above a busy street, observing the comings and goings beneath him. Here, the writer gets down and dirty, rummaging around working-class London as if to search for ...

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