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Off West End

Ah, the Off West End. For those not familiar with the term, this is where the real magic of the London theatre scene happens. Great shows are born here, in pubs, in 50-seat theatres, in tunnels. Recommended for the adventurous – we can’t get enough of it, and you’ll save a quid or two as well!

Electra, The Bunker – Review

Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Pros: The pulsating soundtrack, which is performed live on stage by the actors. Cons: This ‘reinvention’ of the classic story is more of a superficial update, and it’s in need of a good edit. For those of you whose classics are a bit rusty, a summary: Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon, one of those Greek kings who spent a decade across the sea trying to come up with the Trojan Horse. With Troy finally conquered, Agamemnon returns home to Argos, only to find ...

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The O.S. Map Fan Club, Etcetera Theatre – Review

The OS Map Fan Club - Review - Etcetera Theatre

  Pros: Endearing, sincere, wholesome and zany. Cons: As of yet no news of a sequel. You may think that an hour-long solo performance about O.S. maps might be a little on the dull side – but oh no, you couldn’t be more wrong! This play has everything – nostalgia, laughs, dread, and sexual politics, even featuring a segment that borders on map-based sexual innuendo, complete with plenty of role-play dotted throughout. Comedy performer Helen is no stranger to the ...

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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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