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Fancy something a bit different from the norm? Something immersive, or something taking place in a caravan perhaps? Here you’ll find reviews of some of the most interesting and unique shows that we’ve seen.

Madhouse Re:Exit, Shoreditch Town Hall – Review

Credit: Helen Murray

Pros: The poignant stories told by the actors about their experiences of what it means to live with a learning disability. Cons: Too many horror film features makes the set look like a haunted house in an amusement park, undermining the importance of the subject. I would like to make this a democratic review. Yes, I can already see your baffled faces but let me explain before you switch to The Stage. When I left Madhouse Re:Exit I was puzzled. ...

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The Forecast, The Place – Review

Amy Bell The Forecast 2 (Pari Naderi)

Pros: Funny, witty, and beautifully performed Cons: A couple of sections felt too long Perhaps it’s a cliché, but they do say the English love to talk about the weather. However, they’re not so keen on discussing sexual matters, so Amy Bell’s pairing of these themes in The Forecast might seem a little unusual at first. It works beautifully. Over the course of an hour she navigated issues around gender, identity and sexuality the way one might travel though high ...

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Drag me to love, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham – Review

Credit: Chris Bishop

Pros: A glittery, toe-tapping fun fest which gives you an insight behind the scenes of the world of drag. Cons: We were promised a few tears, but I didn’t shed any. Would have liked to see a little bit more of the struggle in Bonnie’s story. A riot of iconic gay anthems, neon wigs and fistfuls of glitter confetti, this 45-minute performance is the story of Cameron Sharp’s early life and that of his drag alter ego, Bonnie Love. We ...

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Medea Electronica, Ovalhouse – Review

Medea Electronica - Ovalhouse's Spring Season 2018

Pros: If this were a gig I would have been impressed; the three piece band can really play. Cons: There is no real tension or emotional involvement to make you feel part of the show, and the whole style failed to connect with me. Billed as part theatre, part gig, Medea Electronica felt like it should be perfect for someone who divides his time between theatre and music. The promise of a live band experience to complement one of the classic Greek tragedies. ...

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Tumulus, The Vaults – Review

Tumulus

Pros: Pacy thriller uses simple but effective tactics to create a cinematic experience. Cons: A bit tedious in parts, but the climax rescues it. Christopher Adams brings his take on London’s chemsex culture to the vaults beneath Waterloo station. When protagonist Anthony (Ciaran Ownes) discovers that his one-night stand has been found dead on Hampstead Heath, he rejects the idea that the young man is just another casualty of the culture’s terrifying, drug-infused underbelly. Anthony suspects something more sinister is ...

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