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Blood Wedding, Omnibus Theatre – Review

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Pro’s: Intensely dramatic and beautiful adaptation of classic; not one to miss. Con’s: Anything that wasn’t quite up-to-scratch was forgiveable, and more than made up for. Lorca’s classic is given the modern-day London treatment by a multinational, multi-talented cast. Boldly and subtly adapted into the 21st Century, this production of Blood Wedding seamlessly weaves the everyday of 2018 into the grand and timeless themes presented first in Madrid 85 years ago. This adaptation of what is, at its simplest, a ...

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Distance, Park Theatre – Review

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Pros: The solid sound and lighting design. Cons: This pessimistic portrayal of mental illness doesn’t contribute to fighting the stigma, and risks sending out a discouraging message. The soaring incidence of suicide in British men under 45 has recently become one of the most recurrent topics in fringe theatre. This reflects an attempt to make sense of the phenomenon, raise awareness and, in many cases, try to suggest solutions. Playwright Alex McSweeney’s decision to explore this subject matter came after ...

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Italian Theatre Festival, Print Room at The Coronet – Review

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Pros: A rare opportunity to see some of Italy’s most iconic theatre works. Cons: The language barrier is only partially compensated by the presence of subtitles. Promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute and curated by Monica Capuani, the first edition of the Italian Theatre Festival was hosted at The Coronet, a long-standing arts institution in the heart of Notting Hill. Spread over two days, the event included four plays by some of Italy’s most renowned theatre-makers, as well as a ...

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Dust, Trafalgar 2 Studios – Review

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Pros: A virtuoso performance from Milly Thomas both as writer and performer, easily holding the attention with the slightest glance or mannerism. Cons: A dissection of emotional frailties and dysfunctional relationships is often uncomfortable to watch. I had to steel myself reading the programme for this one woman, one act monologue written and performed by the brilliant Milly Thomas. The play begins with a sparse set populated with three mirrors and a long narrow table, which we soon learn is ...

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Kiss Me, The Other Palace – Review

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Pros: Great jokes and a wonderful heroine Cons: The bits of slo-mo physical theatre don’t add much The narrative holds few surprises, but Kiss Me is a beautiful chamber piece that draws you in with the warmth and complexity of its two characters, Stephanie and Dennis. Stephanie was a young bride and now, in the aftermath of World War I, is a young widow. With most of the young men gone, she enjoys doing a man’s work, driving a truck, ...

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Guy: A New Musical – The Kings Head Theatre, Islington – Review

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Pros: An original and ambitious new musical showcasing new writers and songwriters that makes for a fun, fast-paced night out with friends Cons: The script is corny at times, with a few plot holes. The songwriter could have done with cramming fewer words into some of the songs as they were hard to follow in places Guy: A New Musical is an original play which showcases new writers and songwriters. It brings the narrative of young gay men navigating the often ...

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Black Cat: Bohemia @ Underbelly – Review

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Pro’s: It’s so much more than cabaret and acrobats as each performer gives their character personality that draws the audience in even more. Con’s: As always at the Underbelly, the views can often be obscured without any banked seating. The beauty of live performance is that anything can happen. It be the same script every time, but there is always a difference here, an error there, or an accident can occur. When the show in question is Black Cat: Bohemia, a ...

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