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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!

Before It Starts, Mirth Marvel and Maud – Review

Credit: Naked Frank Theatre

Pros: Some graceful physical theatre in a vivacious 30’s venue. Cons: A confusing mix of themes and impersonal performances across the board. Some 13 years after the EMD Granada cinema closed to the public it has finally reopened, giving the people of Walthamstow and afar a lively 1930’s inspired hangout. It is now the home of Mirth, Marvel and Maud offering an eclectic assortment of music, food and theatre. What could be any better? Being a lover of all things ...

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A Girl & A Gun, Pleasance Theatre – Review

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Pros: A powerful, charged work featuring a strong central character Cons: The second performer appears awkward, never having seen the script before; neither actor produces emotional engagement A man and a woman stand in front of microphones on a largely bare stage, their actions filmed from two angles and projected onto a screen behind them. She’s confident and authoritative, as well she might be, for she both devised and wrote this play. He’s nervous, unsure of himself; he’s never seen ...

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Baddies: The Musical, Unicorn Theatre – Review

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Pros: An enjoyable, fun show.  Excellent cast and venue. Cons: Will not work if you are not familiar with the original Fairy Tales. The problem with seeing a family show on press night is that the ratio of adults to children can be a bit skewed. Happily, there were a couple of fairly large school groups attending on the night to balance out the adults and provide a noisy air of excitement. The production is perfect for this venue, but ...

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