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Disco Pigs, Tristan Bates Theatre

Enda WalshDirected by Anna Simpson ★★★  Pros: The tender moments were beautifully performed with the actors really matching each other on stage. Cons: The fast pace of the show and the quick delivery of lines in Irish accents made it difficult to understand what was going on in places. Our Verdict: The combination of quirky aspects and sensitive moments make this production very special, but while it hits the mark perfectly in certain places, some potentially excellent moments are lost. Credit: ...

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The Tsarevich and the Wolf, Etcetera Theatre

Presented by Tree Folk Theatre★★★ Pros: Ethereal, old-worldy and cute as can be. Cons: The overall energy needs cranking up a notch or two and the story drags in places. Our Verdict: Far from perfect but full of gorgeous quirky details and some very nice storytelling. Courtesy of Tree Folk Theatre Sometime around the mid-1800s, a folklorist named Alexander Afanasyev set about collecting, recording and publishing an anthology of traditional Russian folktales and fairytales. Prior to this work, very little ...

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Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Donmar Warehouse

Brian FrielDirected by Lyndsey Turner★★★ Pros: A great script with an interesting concept in splitting the lead role between two actors. Well-acted by a credible cast. Cons: The stage direction could have been more dynamic and the set design significantly restricted the view from my seat. Our Verdict: An enjoyable, well-acted production. Full appreciation was hindered by the bizarrely obstructed view so select your seats carefully*! Courtesy of Johan Persson for The Telegraph Right – I am going to have ...

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After the Rainfall, Watford Palace Theatre

Presented by Curious DirectiveDirected by Jack Lowe★★★ Pros: Brilliantly intelligent theatre delivered with tremendous style and magnificent production values. Cons: Slightly unclear and dry content which didn’t engage me throughout. Our Verdict: 5 stars for the performance and the physical elements of the show, 3 stars for the content which lets it down. A magnificent company nonetheless; we’re very excited to see more of them. Courtesy of Murdo Macleod for The Guardian There are two things I’d like to get ...

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Grey Matters: A Play for Six Brains/Curricula Vitae, Chelsea Theatre

Presented by Head of a Woman★★★ Pros: Both acts present concepts that are easily identifiable. They delve deep into exploring how our society works without ostracising the audience through overly complicated notions. Cons: The concepts could have been pushed further; by adding extra dimensions they could have kept the agreeable timings whilst speeding the shows up. Overall: A heroic attempt to produce performances that encourage the audience to reconsider themselves and the society that has formed them. While all concepts ...

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Threesome, Etcetera Theatre

Lisa GiffordDirected by Paul Linghorn ★★★★  Pros: An interesting look at sexual politics with some really lovely acting thrown in. A decent Paul Daniels/Debbie McGee gag in there too. Cons: Some parts of the performance lacked clear choices; nothing too off-putting though. Our Verdict: A humorous and enjoyable evening though probably best not to bring your mum to this one! Courtesy of Capital City Theatre It is interesting to consider the images and occasionally the prejudices we conjure up when ...

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Staffroom, Tristan Bates Theatre

Presented by Time2Shine ProductionsWritten & Directed by Rachel Creeger★★★ Pros: Great audience interaction, some good individual performances and impeccable production values. Cons: Feels a little low on energy and pace, missing the spark that would make it great. Our Verdict: A good show which may well become great as the run progresses. Courtesy of Time2Shine Productions The Tristan Bates never ceases to surprise me, if nothing else, by its very existence. Tucked away between Covent Garden and Cambridge Circus, it ...

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Barrow Hill, Finborough Theatre

Jane WainwrightDirected by Abbey Wright★★★ Pros: Short, sharp and packs a modest punch. Cons: A little bit slow and not quite engaging enough to deliver a real emotional hammer-blow. Our Verdict: Perhaps not the best from the Finborough, but it’s still a slick and well-presented show which says a lot! Courtesy of the Finborough Theatre The Finborough is fast becoming one of my top London theatres. These days I’m just as excited to visit this friendly wine bar theatre as ...

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