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Forget Me Not, Tea House Theatre

Shane BurkeDirected by Sasha Roberts★★★ Pros: Interesting story about a well-known wartime poet, with some good performances. Cons: The short length meant some aspects of the play seemed hurried and the interaction between characters a bit unnatural. Out Verdict: An enjoyable and insightful show in a venue which was a joy to discover. The great thing about London’s theatre scene is that even if you have been seeing several shows a Courtesy of Tea House Theatre month for several years, ...

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Where the White Stops, Battersea Arts Centre

Devised by ANTLER ★★★ Pros: Playful physical storytelling in abundance. Different from anything else in London at the moment. Cons: It’s a shame that not all the dialogue was audible. Our Verdict: An imperfect, but enjoyable archetypal fable. As I write this review, it is in the middle of a heat wave. This being the case, it does seem a little strange to Courtesy of Antler Theatre write about a play that’s set in a land permanently under a blanket of ...

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Boohai, Union Theatre

Devised by GoforBroke Theatre Company in association with AXIS Arts.★★★ Pros: Funny and sometimes thought-provoking with good characterisation. Cons: Action a little laboured at times. Our Verdict: Solid debut for a new theatre group. Can we ever really know someone? Can we ever truly know how anyone’s mind works? If we can’t, is it Courtesy of The Union Theatre worth the risk? That’s what Go for Broke Theatre group provocatively ask their audience to consider. ‘Boohai’ is the debut production ...

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Russian Seasons of XXI Century, London Coliseum

Directed by Andris Liepa ★★ Pros: A nice evening for children with lovely dancing, bright costumes and panto characters. Cons: The whole night lacked coherence and some unfortunate technical hitches made everything a little stilted. Our Verdict: By no fault of the dancers, this company struggle to pull off a night of entertaining ballet. I didn’t really know what to expect when attending this performance. Courtesy of The London Coliseum There was a scant programme giving little away about the ...

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Our Friends, The Enemy, Theatre 503

Alex GwytherDirected by Tom O’Brien★★★★ Pros: A strong performance and script from Gwyther, even-handed direction from O’Brien, and a timeless, deeply human message. Cons: The diffusion of narrative focus devalues the stories of the two characters who underpin the text; several passages come close to being a cliché and the mild allusions to the architects of war might have carried more venom. Our Verdict: A combative one-man piece with a lot to offer. Our Friends, The Enemy enjoyed a successful run ...

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Crashed, Lowerwood Court Car Park

by Immercity Theatre CompanyDirected by Rosanna Mallinson★★★ Pros: Another well thought out production by Immercity which provides many of the components for brilliant immersive theatre. Cons: If you haven’t done the research, I don’t think this works quite so well. If you have done the research, you may feel that what you have looked up isn’t expanded on as much as you’d have hoped. Our Verdict: Give it a go. Immersive theatre is a popular form of entertainment at the ...

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Erich McElroy is Presidential, Slug and Lettuce Southbank

Written and Performed by Erich McElroy★★★ Pros: Crammed with interesting facts, amusing comparisons and bawdy humour. Very well woven together. Cons: Light on his own content while relying too heavily on asides about the media. Our Verdict: An entertaining show which will have you smirking and sighing at the insanity of American politics. Courtesy of Erich McElroy It’s a warm summer evening so sitting in a basement of a Slug and Lettuce bar doesn’t feel that appealing – until Erich ...

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Genesis New Writing Night, Genesis Cinema

Presented by Genesis Cinema Directed by William Walsh ★★★★ Pros: A chance to witness some early work from up-and-coming playwrights. Cons: Some plays need quite a bit of rewriting. Our Verdict: A fun night out and a chance to mingle with the actors and playwrights. Courtesy of Genesis Cinema I must admit I was a tad nervous at being given this assignment. I have been to numerous new writing evenings and quite a few have been terrible. They are often far too ...

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Treatment, Drayton Arms Theatre

Written & Directed by Raymond-Kym Suttle ★★★★ Pros: A well developed storyline that touches nerves in everyone’s lives – delivered with passion by the whole cast. Very emotionally engaging. Cons: Some may find the themes cliché and the acting soapy. It could do with a bit more balance in role distribution. Our Verdict: A tremendous collective effort that succeeds in bringing a strong message of paternal love and homophobic prejudice together. A very enjoyable night out at this Old Brompton ...

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Leicester Square Theatre

William Shakespeare Adapted by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Directed by Matt Rippy ★★★★★ Pros: Great venue, enthusiastic performances, perfectly timed comedy. These renditions of the Bard’s work will appeal to keen Shakespeare fans and the not so keen alike. Cons: None except that the queue at the bar was a bit long at the interval, but when is it not?Our Verdict: A brilliantly timed, hilarious homage to Shakespeare’s work which appeals to audiences of all ages. Courtesy of Reduced Shakespeare ...

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