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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.

All Our Children, Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

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Pros: An engaging and meticulously researched script, combined with superb performances, make for a genuinely harrowing story. Cons: Needless sound effects and some unwieldy dialogue diminish the overall power of the piece. To my shame, this was my first visit to the Jermyn Street Theatre. On the strength of this visit, it won’t be my last; the theatre is welcoming, comfortable and damned accessible by public transport. Interestingly, to get to the theatre’s toilets you actually have to go across the stage and through ...

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This Beautiful Future, The Yard Theatre – Review

Credit: Richard Lakos

Pros: An interesting view on love and war Cons: Some questionable karaoke that might not be to everyone’s taste It is 1944 in occupied France. Two teenagers exchange laughter and kisses and find love in spite of war. The story follows Elodie (Hannah Millward) and Otto (Bradley Hall) an unlikely but electric pairing; Elodie is a whimsical and playful French girl, while Otto is a German solider regimented, and brainwashed by Hilter’s rhetoric. The two find comfort and joy in each other’s company while ...

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The Treatment, Almeida Theatre – Review

Credit: Marc Brenner

Pros: Sophisticated and unusual storytelling Cons: A lack of clear narrative intention 38 performers! That’s how many are credited in the programme for The Treatment. I counted them as I waited for the show to start, wondering would be presented with an all-singing, all-dancing chorus? No. But the imaginative use of this large cast is one thing that makes this otherwise rather indistinct play special. Behind the main action of the play, which is mostly set in an office and a ...

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Refugee Boy, Chickenshed Theatre – Review

Credit: Daniel Beacock

Pros: Some great performances and a pitch-perfect design Cons: The main storyline seemed less subtle than its tributaries I know Chickenshed Theatre for its big, glorious, all-ages Christmas shows, and for being pretty much the only thing that sweetens the bitter end of the Piccadilly line, at Cockfosters. But Chickenshed is so much more than that: it’s an industry leader in inclusive theatre, with a full professional programme of devised and scripted work, alongside a drama school, a popular cafe/bar, ...

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Life By The Throat, Theatre 503 – Review

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Pros: Eve Steele’s performance is raw, funny and unforgettable, capturing every side of her complicated character throughout his life. Cons: Final sections of the play could spend more time referencing how the main character’s actions affected everyone around him, and what the future might hold for them. You’d be forgiven for thinking a one-woman play about a thief in the grip of drug and alcohol addiction wouldn’t be a laugh a minute. You might assume that this character, James Joseph ...

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Threads, The Hope Theatre – Review

Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Pros: Samuel Lawrence’s powerful and committed approach to an intense character. Cons: The play maintains an exaggerated level of tension which prevents the audience from truly relating to the characters, and makes for quite uncomfortable viewing. I’m all for a good love story. Especially if it’s tricky and passionate and full of drama. Threads is the story of Vic (Katharine Davenport) and Charlie (Samuel Lawrence), two exes reunited in the flat that they used to share. Over the course of an ...

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