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Doctor Faustus, Arcola Theatre – Review

Credit: Tangle Theatre Website

Pros: Outstanding performances alongside a hauntingly beautiful choral composition. Cons: I wish I could have seen the actors’ faces better – more light next time please! If you had unlimited magical powers, how would you use them? Would you save the world and everyone in it, and then rest your laureled head on a white sandy beach? Forget it. The myth of Doctor Faustus is a reminder that our wish list is likely to be far more mundane, for example, ...

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Becoming Mohammed, Pleasance Theatre – Review

Credit: London Theatre 1

Pros: Good intentions, and some strong performances. Cons: Misses its opportunity to harness an interesting subject. The courage of And Many Others’ Becoming Mohammed at the Pleasance Theatre is apparent from its title. Discussion of integration among Muslim communities, the place of Islam in the West and the experiences of Muslims today, is at once omnipresent and absent – a subject frequently mentioned, but seldom brought to life on stage. Becoming Mohammed not only takes an unblinking look at these complexities, but also does ...

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Scenes from the End, Tristan Bates Theatre – Review

Scenes from the End - Review - Tristan Bates Theatre

Pros: Héloïse Werner’s hauntingly beautiful, intense and masterful performance. Cons: The abstract nature of the piece means that it is sometimes hard to empathise with the characters and to feel a connection with the emotions portrayed. Grief is a personal experience that we all grapple with in our own way. The loss of a loved one is hard to stomach and often hard to talk about. One feels isolated, empty and confused. In this abstract, almost excruciatingly intimate, one-woman opera at ...

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Rumpy Pumpy, Union Theatre – Review

Credit: Scott Rylander

Pros: A high-energy cast kept up the pace with talent and panache. Cons: The syrupy storyline oversimplified the serious and difficult subject matter. Rumpy Pumpy takes its inspiration from the true story of Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, two women who campaigned for the legalisation of prostitution in 2006, following outrage over the murder of six sex workers in Ipswich. As part of their research these two formidable women travelled the world in pursuit of the “perfect brothel” in an ...

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