Home » Reviews (page 270)

Reviews

Reviewing is at the heart of what we do. Here you’ll find all the reviews that our wonderful team have written. If you want to find something more specific, why not pick a genre of show instead from the list in the menu

The Last Hour of Antigone, Camden People’s Theatre

Raul Quiros Molina  Directed by Sarah Provencal  ★★ Pros: An interesting production. It may not seem like an obvious ‘must-see’ show but I thought it was a worthwhile hour and a slightly left-field choice.  Cons: The acting was rather heavy with some odd choreography. You may find it helpful to track down a synopsis of the original classic play beforehand.  Our Verdict: A bold attempt, but ultimately this production is difficult to engage with and really enjoy.  Courtesy of the ...

Read More »

A Family Affair, Drayton Arms Theatre

Agnes Jaoui & Jean-Pierre Bacri Directed by Christine Renard★★★ Pros: Strong acting and expert timing elevated the play to a wonderful level of comic hilarity.  Cons: A couple of slip ups in the dialogue. Our Verdict: A witty play that explores the all too familiar genre of family dramas in the midst of accessible, enjoyable comedy. Every family has problems. The family residing at the middle of A family Affair, however, take standard Courtesy of Echange Theatre Company family bickerings ...

Read More »

Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen, Camden People’s Theatre

Sophia Kingshill Directed by Pradeep Jey ★★★ Pros: A surprising and welcome narrative which examines what it means to live in the 21st century, with a well-sustained and genuine performance by Maggie Gordon-Walker. Cons: While charming, the story lingered on the surface, and might have been more effective had we had a chance to better understand the character of Jean. Our Verdict: A sweet and thoughtful production which finds its strength in timing and the relatable woe of feeling disconnected ...

Read More »

Derren Brown: Infamous, Palace Theatre

Written and performed by Derren Brown ★★★★★ Pros: You will be completely enthralled and enraptured by Derren Brown’s hypnotic and mesmerizing show. Cons: None except the frustration of not being able to work out how he does it! Worse still, you won’t be able to discuss it with anyone for fear of spoiling it for them, or for fear of Derren Brown finding out and using his mind powers against you. Our Verdict: Without a doubt, go and see it. ...

Read More »

Walking: Holding, Battersea Arts Centre

Devised by Rosana Cade★★★★ Pros: A new approach to challenging audience members’ perceptions of others. Cons: It’s a very challenging piece that could get rather uncomfortable and is therefore definitely not for everyone! Our Verdict: A social experiment rather than traditional theatre, but a half hour spent in the company of six interesting actors that will change the way you think about your place in society. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre This was my first experience of one-on-one theatre. It ...

Read More »

Vaudevilles and Other Sketches, Jermyn Street Theatre

Anton Chekhov Translated and adapted by Michael Frayn Directed by Jenny Eastop ★★★★  Pros: Seamlessly staged and well-acted, with six different mini plays to get your teeth into. Cons: The sketch format meant there was, perhaps, an unsatisfying lack of investment in the characters. Our Verdict: A very professional production that will be accessible and enjoyable to most, but which as a consequence didn’t particularly push any boundaries. Courtesy of Jermyn Street Theatre When I was at school, I once wrote a sketch ...

Read More »

The Decorator, The Space

Donald Churchill Directed by Franko Figueiredo ★★★ Pros: Ingenious farce set-up, vibrant comedic performances and a fun sixties setting. Cons: The actors’ accents can difficult to understand, making it easy to miss jokes. Our Verdict: The difficulty in understanding the dialogue is a problem that can’t be overlooked. It is a shame that this issue obscured the fine comedic performances, but The Decorator is still a goofy, fun evening out. Courtesy of The Space The Decorator is classic English farce ...

Read More »

Dr N. H. Service, Ms Surveillance and Dame Lansley May, Etcetera Theatre

Written and directed by Paul Martin ★★★ Pros: A strong opinion piece with a definitive voice, unafraid of the provocative and outrageous – everything a good piece of political theatre should be. Cons: The strong, definitive ‘voice’ waxes didactic and prescriptive, wavering dangerously on the line of a monotonous rant. Our Verdict: The author makes a sharp point, but I felt I was being told what to think – off-putting for a free-thinking theatre-goer in a democratic society. Or is ...

Read More »