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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!

One Duck Down, The Vaults Theatre – Review

Pros: Silly family fun with a creative set, musical numbers and lots of laughs. Cons: The ending runs out of steam and may lose the interest of younger audience members. FacePlant Theatre have put a serious issue at the centre of a gloriously silly hour-long piece of theatre aimed at adults and children of all ages. Our unlikely hero is 17-year-old Billy, whose cantankerous love-interest has set him the seemingly impossible task of retrieving 7000 rubber ducks which are adrift ...

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Drag me to love, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham – Review

Pros: A glittery, toe-tapping fun fest which gives you an insight behind the scenes of the world of drag. Cons: We were promised a few tears, but I didn’t shed any. Would have liked to see a little bit more of the struggle in Bonnie’s story. A riot of iconic gay anthems, neon wigs and fistfuls of glitter confetti, this 45-minute performance is the story of Cameron Sharp’s early life and that of his drag alter ego, Bonnie Love. We ...

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A Girl In School Uniform (Walks Into A Bar), New Diorama Theatre – Review

Pros: An innovative storytelling technique that boosts the audience’s imagination. Cons: There’s a lot unsaid and unexplained here – it would benefit from more context It’s the future – and it’s not looking too bright. There are blackouts, and people keep disappearing without explanation. Steph, a schoolgirl, is on a mission to find her missing friend Charlie. She finds herself out of her comfort zone in the bar where Charlie was last seen. There she meets Bell, a jaded and ...

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Medea Electronica, Ovalhouse – Review

Pros: If this were a gig I would have been impressed; the three piece band can really play. Cons: There is no real tension or emotional involvement to make you feel part of the show, and the whole style failed to connect with me. Billed as part theatre, part gig, Medea Electronica felt like it should be perfect for someone who divides his time between theatre and music. The promise of a live band experience to complement one of the classic Greek tragedies. ...

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Her Not Him, Theatre 503 – Review

Pros: This is a very funny and watchable production, but one which also poses pertinent questions about identity, societal labels and sexuality. Cons: At times, scenes are repetitive and don’t offer as much depth as they might. This feels largely due to Her Not Him’s concise running time; a lot of the issues raised, along with the characters themselves, are not fully fleshed out. Her Not Him is a play of separate moving parts. I’m not just referring to its stripped down ...

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Joey’s Circus, Puppet Theatre Barge – Review

Pros: The craftsmanship of the puppeteers can almost be overlooked as their simplicity hides the skill involved in bringing them to such life. Cons: It can be a little chilly at this time of year. I could start by pointing out how Puppet Theatre Barge’s Joey’s Circus has some great character development, especially that of Punch, for so long portrayed on stage as a trouble maker, but here allowed to demonstrate his more caring side, using his cunning to thwart ...

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