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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.

THE GODS, THE GODS, THE GODS, Black Box Theatre, Adelaide Botanic Garden (Adelaide Fringe) – Review

Entering Black Box Theatre, we’re invited to gather in the middle of the auditorium and encouraged to sway, dance or whatever the music inspires us to do. The smoke-filled, strobe-lit room is reminiscent of an illegal underground club, where darkness prevails, and we get cosy with strangers. This is not the conventional atmosphere you’d expect at a mid-week matinee, but surely achieves what theatre is all about, transporting us into a different world. This isn’t an illegal club either, but ...

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Poet In Da Corner, Royal Court Theatre – Review

As someone who has always found escape within music, Poet in da Corner was a show that had immediate appeal to me. With its central theme of finding purpose and meaning after just one listen to Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking album ‘Boy In Da Corner’, it also felt a perfect fit for the always progressive Royal Court Theatre. The good news is that it just about ticks all the boxes. The person finding purpose and meaning is writer and performer Debris ...

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Broken English, Tristan Bates Theatre – Review

The most enjoyable aspect of Broken English, to me, was the deft and poetic use of language. Language plays a central role in the play, and writer and director Jahmar Ngozi is highly creative with it. ‘English Language’ (played by Rosie-May Jones) is personified as an eccentric woman, who trails off mid-scene into enchanting soliloquies, arguably stealing the best lines in the play. Her speeches are suffused with bountiful imagery, which transported me beyond the confines of the theatre and ...

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