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Drama

A staple for us and for many if you fancy a more traditional play. When we first started Everything Theatre it was specifically to review drama. We’ve branched out over the years, but it will always be a favourite of ours.

Dummy, Bourbon Bar – Review

Pros: Candid and resounding. Cons: This show deserves a bigger audience. Anders Lee’s background as a comedian comes across distinctly in Dummy, although this is not quite the show one might expect. The jokes are there, as well as some awkward private revelations and a little interaction with the room. Yet, in his new work, Lee is promoting a socio-political message that is strongly relevant in our evolved civilisation. Diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder as a child, Lee is now a grown-up, ...

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KillyMuck, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Jersey) – Review

Pros: A poignant statement from the silenced benefit class. Cons: The actor’s stage presence is unconvincing. In the closing scene of KillyMuck, the protagonist Niamh (Aoife Lennon) raises a board that displays two stylised drawings. Three men are depicted standing on equal sized boxes. However, due to their different heights, only two men are able to see over the wall. This is how equality works: providing equal resources to everyone, but ignoring the specifics of each individual. On the bottom half, ...

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Freeman, Pleasance Courtyard (Above) – Review

Pros: Strictly Arts Theatre’s creative genius translates a heavy topic into a captivating performance. Cons: …not in this one. Police in the United States kill unarmed black people nearly twice per week. In 2015, only 13 of the 104 cases reported resulted in officers being charged with a crime and only 5 of them ended with a conviction – all below 5 years. Taking from these stifling figures, powerhouse Strictly Arts Theatre explores the unspoken link between mental health and ...

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Harpy, Underbelly, Cowgate (White Belly) – Review

Pros: The topic is relevant for a diverse audience. Cons: The venue might have been better suited to the intimate nature of this play. Old age is a scary beast. Scary for those who approach it – as it carries uncertainty – and scary for those who watch it from a distance, because it’s hard to understand. So is Birdie (Su Pollard) scary, because nobody wants to get close to her. They prefer to observe her from a distance, like ...

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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle, Underbelly, Bristo Square (Jersey) – Review

Pros: A heartening celebration of sisterhood. Cons: Eating disorders are poorly understood conditions and I wish the play had delved  into it more. It is estimated that in the UK there are between 600,000 and 725,000 people affected by eating disorders, with anorexia having the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, further complicated by its tendency to become chronic. When Alexandra was diagnosed with anorexia, at the age of 19, her sister Kate was only a teenager, being exactly ...

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