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Reviewing is at the heart of what we do. Here you’ll find all the reviews that our wonderful team of reviewers have written. On average we review around 15 productions all over the capital every week, so there should always be something that takes your fancy!

Camden Fringe: Psycho-geography: An Exercise to Remember My Future, Etcetera Theatre

Part of Camden Fringe 2013Diana De FexDirected by Marion Pierce★★★ Pros: At times exciting and always challenging. Cons: Some glimpses of originality but too few. Our Verdict: Be prepared to be charmed by this woman whose story really packs a punch to the gut. Courtesy of Etcetera Theatre Good theatre will make you think, great theatre will leave you a changed person. On paper this autobiographical one-woman show should do both. It doesn’t. There are, however, moments of genius. Yet ...

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Don Quijote, Battersea Arts Centre

Miguel de Cervantes Tom Frankland and Keir Cooper in association with Último Comboio ★★ Pros: An original, daring and creative approach to exploring this classic novel. Cons: It’s a bit chaotic in its execution, and the story of Don Quijote is never clearly outlined. Our Verdict: Despite some nice moments, there is just too much happening in this hour-long show. Courtesy of EdFringe.com Don’t be misled by the title. This is far from a stage version of the famous Spanish ...

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Camden Fringe: Static, Etcetera Theatre

Part of Camden Fringe 2013Tom Nicholas★★ Pros: There is a story to be told in this play. With twist in the tale and some clever dramatic devices there is enough to keep the character development moving forward to its conclusion. Cons: The content is naïve and tenuous, falling short of its aim to drill down into what it meant to be under 25 in 2010. The grandiloquent language doesn’t sit well with the character and leaves him feeling disingenuous. Our ...

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Little on the Inside, Almeida Theatre

Alice BirchDirected by Lucy Morrison★★★★ Pros: Insightful play about female camaraderie in prison that is as rich as reading a book. Cons: Lack of context at the start isn’t helpful. Verdict: A powerful, moving, warm and magical piece set simultaneously in a prison and on the beach, underneath a mangrove tree. A theatrically skilful treat. Courtesy of Clean Break Little on the Inside is enormous on stage. This is a two-hander about a prison friendship between a pair of women. ...

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Camden Fringe: Bitter Water, Collection Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Steve FitzgeraldDirected by Paul Edward Linghorn ★★★ Pros: Atmospheric, unnerving, good use of sound and light. Cons: The internal logic behind certain elements isn’t always consistent. Our Verdict: Enigmatic piece that takes a walk on the dark side. Courtesy of Pandamonium Performance Bitter Water is a play that wears its influences openly – German Expressionism, David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick – and unapologetic in its non-naturalistic style. Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit is also a big ...

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Camden Fringe: Pilgrim Shadow, Tristan Bates Theatre

Part of The Camden Fringe 2013Written and directed by Steve Jordan★★★ Pros: An entertaining premise with a few good laughs. Cons: Lacking originality and consistent humour. Our verdict: A well-acted production, but light years from the wow factor. Courtesy of Manmoth Productions Sci-fi is like Marmite: you either you love it or hate it. I’m not a big fan, but I’m willing to give anything a try (except WAG! The Musical, of course). Strolling up to the Tristan Bates Theatre ...

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The Dagger and White Lily, The Space

Hayley GogginDirected by Justyna Ziarek and Kaitlin Argeaux★★★ Pros: The dancing is exceptional – powerful, moving and, at times, breath taking. The acting is also very good with The Space as a wonderful backdrop to the piece. Cons: The ending didn’t resolve the piece enough, and there seemed to be a few organisational issues, which led to the production getting off to a late start.Our Verdict: This is a show with a strong message and exceptional choreography. Courtesy of The Space The Dagger ...

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Camden Fringe: It’s All Geek to Me, The Camden Head

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013 Pete Dillon-Trenchard ★★★★ Pros: Laugh-out loud funny with both niche and more accessible humour. Pete Dillon-Trenchard handles his audience beautifully. Cons: One can get a little lost if you’re not a geek of a certain brand, but as the show says, let the geek references wash over you – you’ll still laugh at most things. Our Verdict: Whether you’ve sat through a Star Wars Marathon ten times or whether you haven’t read a comic ...

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Camden Fringe: Is Monogamy Dead?, The Camden Head

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Written and performed by Rosie Wilby★★★★ Pros: Rosie’s very natural, relaxed and inclusive style of stand up and intelligent, piquant material provides continuous laughs throughout. Lots of variety in the approach keeps the pace and the interest up. Cons: I’m not sure who was seated in the front row to my left, but I felt the show was almost exclusively for them. It would have been nice to see Rosie spread her eye contact around ...

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The Queer Macbeth, The Black Cap

William ShakespeareDirected and choreographed by Simon Jay★★ Pros: Delightful dance numbers, the gender swapping makes for a radical retelling of a classic, all proceeds to Terrence Higgins Trust. Cons: Some shaky performances and, I thought, a flawed premise. Our Verdict: Queer Macbeth has its heart in the right place and its proceeds go to a good cause. Unfortunately, uneven acting and the inherent problems involved in injecting comedy into a dark tragedy created a muddled production. Courtesy of Stagepunk Theatre ...

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