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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!

The State of Things, Jack Studio Theatre – Review

Credit: Headshot Toby

Pros: Engrossing and catchy . . . I’m still humming the intro! Cons: The political references are meaningful but need to be more clearly articulated. Set in a school’s music room, The State of Things tells the story of seven 16-year-olds who discover that their music course has been removed from the list of  A Level options. All talented and dedicated musicians, they start thinking of possible ways to get their headteacher, Maggie, to reconsider this decision, before realising that the ...

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Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, Bunker Theatre – Review

Credit: Anton Belmonté

Pros: The confident and able cast deliver this play with conviction, in an unusual venue that makes it stand out even more. Cons: A weaker second act loses the flow (and the plot), leading to a distressing climax. Eyes Closed, Ears Covered is a full-on piece of theatre: it demands attention, but also scrutiny. On the surface, we see two teenage boys bunking off school for the day, back in 1986. They swap grim Woking and the school bus for ...

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