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Through Daddy’s Eyes & The Inner Life of Sophie Taylor, The London Theatre (New Cross) – Review

Through Daddy’s EyesDevised and directed by Ain Rashida Sykes The Inner Life of Sophie TaylorRoisin RaeDirected by Anna Ehnoid-Danailov ★★ Pros: Good subject choices with the potential to inspire strong emotional responses from an audience. Cons: More work is needed to do justice to the complexities of parenthood as experienced by both genders. Our Verdict: Both pieces felt like works in progress, but the subject matter is definitely worthy of more attention to bring them to fruition. Courtesy of Prams ...

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Unscorched, Finborough Theatre – Review

Luke Owen Directed by Justin Audibert ★★★ Pros: Good acting, a clever set and a memorable look and feel. Cons: Lacked a compelling enough storyline. Our Verdict: A slick and eye-catching production about a sensitive subject, but too predictable in its emotional devices and story arc. Credit: Richard Davenport I watched a film recently where the opening shot is of a pig being led out into a farmyard. It’s squealing as the farmer drags it by the collar. The farmer ...

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What The Dickens! Twisted – The Modern Plays, Lion and Unicorn Theatre – Review

Amy Bird, Andy Marchant, Carl Fletcher, Frances Bushe, Jimi O’Dell, Julia Collier, Kathy Petrakis and Mary Groom Directed by Andy Marchant, Jacqui Adams and Kim Morrison ★★ Pros: Enthusiastic performances. Some individual pieces were well written and original. Cons: Way too long. Uneven writing and performances and no strong, connecting through line.  Our Verdict: Some of the individual pieces are worth seeing. However, these are poorly served by being amalgamated into an overly long whole.  Courtesy of the Lion and ...

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Children of Fate, CLF Art Café – Review

Juan Radrigan Translated and directed by Robert Shaw ★★★★ Pros: The beautifully constructed, sweet characters you get to know throughout the performance. Cons: Not a play I’d recommend for a light-hearted evening at the theatre. Our Verdict: Culturally relevant and heartbreaking, with topics that open eyes and chill spines. Courtesy of Inside Intelligence Children of Fate (Hechos Consumados), written by Chilean playwright Juan Radrigan is currently running at the CLF Art Café in Peckham. Something of a hidden venue right ...

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In-Finite Space, Science Museum – Review

IJAD Dance CompanyArtistic Director Joumana Mourad★★★★ Pros: Fearless, approachable experimental performance infused with fun and innovation. Collaboration between the dancers and beatboxer/vocal sculptor Jason Singh, who scores the show live on stage, is quite extraordinary. Cons: Site lines from all angles in the space are not perfect and action is blocked from certain places. There is sometimes too much happening at once while the stage is not always used to its fullest. Our Verdict: IJAD Dance Company have found a ...

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Location Location, Stour Space, Site-Specific – Review

Directed by Emilia Teglia ★★★ Pros: A fun, theatrical Halloween celebration. A cut above your average fancy dress party. Cons: Very brief performance, only 30mins! Our Verdict: A pleasant night out, a good party atmosphere with a ghoulish element. Maybe more party than theatre but still enjoyable. Credit: International Society of Communication and Drama Tucked away in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium, the Stour Space is a short walk from Hackney Wick. I had diligently prepped my Google maps ...

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Moon Project, Ovalhouse – Review

Rachel BlackmanDirected by Paul Hodson and Emma Roberts  ★★★  Pros: The characters are complex and wonderfully written and the concept is interesting and fully realised. Strong performances from the cast and some mesmerising movement create an absorbing production. Cons: The energy wanes a little in the second half of the drama, and it takes a while to put the pieces together to appreciate the story unfolding. Our Verdict: This is an interesting and engaging play that explores a simple concept ...

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, The Cockpit – Review

Molière Tour de Force Theatre Company ★★★★ Pros: Great to see some theatre in French. Fabulous costumes and good performers. Cons: Perhaps some of the dance sequences could have been shorter. Our Verdict: A promising start to an exciting festival for French speakers in London. Courtesy of The Cockpit They say that London is the fifth biggest French city. That might seem like a confusing statement, so let me clarify: London is reputed to be the city which has the ...

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