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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!

Unsung, Rosemary Branch Theatre – Review

by Ayndrilla SingharayDirected by Lucy Allan★★★★ Pros: Intense plot and acting filled with emotion and surprises, with an overwhelming ending. Cons: The slight over-acting made the scenes look too staged at times. Our Verdict: A gripping and haunting story about love and family, fantastic script and setting. I highly recommend it! Courtesy of Rosemary Branch Theatre Unsung is writer Ayndrilla Singharay’s reinterpretation of a short story by Rabindranath Tagore called Punishment. The original piece is set in a little village ...

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Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review

Howard ColyerDirected by Sarah Marr and Scott Le Crass★★★★ Pros: Produced perfectly, performed fantastically, written engagingly. Cons: I did not really understand the point of the final play, Nothing Else Ever. Our Verdict: An enjoyable evening where I inhaled the riveting performances. Judging by the quality of these shows, Ballast Theatre is a company to watch out for. Courtesy of Brockley Jack Studio Theatre Although entitled Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji, this show was actually made up of three ...

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Specie, New Diorama Theatre

Joe White Directed by Josh Roche ★★★★ Pros: A beautiful piece of theatre. Thoughtful and creatively presented. Cons: Not enough Shubham Saraf! Our Verdict: One of the most interesting and original new plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 – now in London. Courtesy of Fat Git Theatre Specie is the latest offering from Fat Git Theatre, a company that aims to challenge contemporary perceptions of ugliness. The show is a meaningful contribution to the debate, full of verve and ...

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Camden Fringe: Two Heads Are Better Than One, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Created by Plumpkin Theatre Company ★★★ Pros: A different kind of theatrical experience that combines mime and clowning to create a fresh new plot. Cons: Some of the scenes dragged a bit at times. Our Verdict: An unusual and enjoyable evening. Courtesy of Camden Fringe In Two Heads Are Better Than One, performers Anna Haskell-Thomas and Verity Hicks lead us into a story where spoken language is made redundant. Through theatrical clowning the troupe portray what happens when two different ...

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Camden Fringe: Truly, Madly, Keighley, Camden Head

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and performed by Not The Brontës★★★ Pros: Not the Brontës create a very relaxed and easy-going atmosphere. The performance makes you feel right at home in the theatre. Cons: Working on the interpretation of the stories would have engaged the audience more. Our Verdict: The stories were interesting and fun cleverly combined with live music and some northern humor. Courtesy of Not The Brontës Truly, Madly, Keighley is composed of a selection of ...

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Camden Fringe: Trois Pour Cinq, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Maria Figgins and Adam CourtingDirected by Maria Figgins and Adam Courting★★★ Pros: Short sketches that are far from formulaic and keep you guessing. Cons: Some people may not readily understand the surreal and dark subject matter. Our Verdict: A talented team with chemistry and an unconventional imagination. Courtesy of Merlot Merlot Theatrical duo Merlot Merlot (Adam Courting and Maria Figgins) write and perform their own material. For the Camden Fringe, they have produced a series ...

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Camden Fringe: Pause, Collection Theatre, Lord Stanley

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013by Serena Haywood Directed by Tutku Barbaros★★★★ Pros: Wonderfully tense. An incredibly sad subject matter tackled bravely and performed extremely well. Cons: The characters’ monologues tended to drag in many parts. Some aspects didn’t really bring anything to the production and could be trimmed. Our Verdict: Poignant, heartbreaking and rough around the edges. Courtesy of Moustache Contraption Twinkle-toed, blue-eyed Chris ends up in a vegetative state after falling from a wall in his early twenties. ...

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Here. The 99%, Lyric Hammersmith

Written by Faye Marie, Leanne Alabi, D. A. Nixon, Chris O’Connor, Ellen Carr, Isabelle Emma Stokes, David William Bryan Directed by Helena Doughty & Craig Henry★★★★ Pros: An interesting collection of short performances providing good exposure for fresh talent. Cons: Some pieces and performances were stronger than others but all had value. Our Verdict: A varied and entertaining evening dramatising social and political issues which may inspire an audience suffering from political apathy. Courtesy of Back Here! Theatre Company This ...

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Camden Fringe: Rizzolo Chat!, Canal Café Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Written and directed by Matthew Radway ★★★ Pros: The sketch troupe engage well with the audience and there are some very funny moments. The roving reporter offers some of the biggest laughs throughout the performance. Cons: Some of the jokes fall flat leaving the audience in an awkward silence. Our Verdict: Tighter delivery would make this production very successful in future runs at Fringe Festivals. Courtesy of the Camden Fringe Following a run of ...

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