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The War of the Waleses, The Pirate Castle

Sarah Heenan, Alan Maddrell and Andy MarchantDirected by Sarah Heenan★★★★ Pros: Terrific impressions of both John Major and Tony Blair. A polished performance throughout. Cons: Doesn’t go that extra mile, drags a little towards the end. Our Verdict: Impressively refined and interesting theatre from this amateur company. Courtesy of KDC Theatre What is interesting about fringe theatre is the expectations that people come in with. Many a time an audience isn’t really expecting a whole lot from the humble companies ...

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Forwards and Backwards, Camden People’s Theatre

Presented by Square Peg Theatre★★★★  Pros: Minimalist design, a show where strong performances create the scene. Cons: Few to speak of; perhaps the chemistry between the two leads could be tweaked, but not by much! Our Verdict: Don’t miss this well-planned, well-written and well-acted show. It’s what fringe theatre is all about. Courtesy of Camden People’s Theare The greatest thing about fringe theatre festivals is the experience of walking into a small auditorium where the set is composed of a ...

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Shakespeare Goes for Gold, The Union Theatre

Produced by Noor Lawson and Liz McMullen for MyLovely Productions★★★ Pros: A good idea, easy to watch and easy laughs. Cons: A tad sloppy in places perhaps, but nothing too severe. Our Verdict: Worth going to see, a fun evening out and MyLovely Productions are one to watch. Courtesy of MyLovely Productions In light of the current ‘Olympomania’, MyLovely Productions are getting into the spirit of things with their most recent production of Shakespeare Goes for Gold, in which they ...

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Queen for a Day, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Hayley AtkinsonDirected by Will Bird ★★★ Pros: A thought-provoking conversation between two intriguing characters, strong performances. Cons: Drags a little bit at points even though it was only an hour long. Our Verdict: An interesting premise that ultimately left me feeling a bit uncertain at the end. Courtesy of BitLip Theatre Queen for a Day is one of the many shows that has appeared at the Camden Fringe Festival. At the very top of Highgate Hill, in a relatively well ...

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Is Anything Broken?, Tristan Bates Theatre

Dan DaviesDirected by Maja Milatovic-Ovadia★★★ Pros: A sharp and relevant script and a short, punchy performance overall. Cons: A slightly slow first half, possibly due to some slightly mediocre performances. Our Verdict: An enjoyable show on balance, but I left feeling slightly disappointed by the way in which the script was brought to life on stage. Andrew Ward and Simon Desborough. Photo: Peter Tilling The last Dan Davies play we saw was 55M SQ, the rather excellent 10 minute short ...

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Jack the Ripper’s London, London Bridge

Mike Carter and Lizzie Quinn for Crow TheatreDirected by Natasha Campbell★★★★★ Pros: Brilliant and truly unique immersive theatre in a superb venue. Cons: None whatsoever with the show, but had some problems finding where ‘the meeting point’ was. Our Verdict: A real gem and a fantastic surprise; the best immersive theatre I’ve experienced. Tremendous stuff! Courtesy of Crow Theatre It’s been nearly 3 months since we last awarded our highest accolade to a production; perhaps we’re too picky, but our ...

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The Doctor’s Dilemma, National Theatre

George Bernard ShawDirected by Nadia Fall ★★★ Pros: An old play with very current issues; interesting to watch. Cons: The characters lack refinement and are a little disappointing, and it didn’t make me feel anything in particular. Our Verdict: It’s a good show overall, but it’s not quite up to the National’s usual standards. Courtesy of Alastair Muir for the Daily Telegraph The Doctor’s Dilemma was written in response to the theatre critic William Archer’s claims that George Bernard Shaw wouldn’t ...

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An Incident at the Border, Finborough Theatre

Kieran LynnDirected by Bruce Guthrie★★★★ Pros: A short, sweet and very amusing performance with some cracking acting in the beautifully cool Finborough auditorium. Cons: Energy levels dropped in certain places where the dialogue got slightly long-winded and frustrating. Our Verdict: A great show which successfully addresses a serious issue in a comical manner. Well worth seeing! Courtesy of Frances Loney for WhatsOnStage Human beings really are a bizarre species. That was the overarching thought that was ringing in my ears ...

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Bertolt Brecht, translation by George TaboriDirected by Jonathan Church★★★★ Pros: A really fantastic lead with excellent supporting performances! It’s Brecht. Cons: A little draggy in places. It’s Brecht. Our Verdict: Chichester is always worth a visit, and this is a good all-round production! Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian I know the Brecht basics, and I know about the silent scream in Mother Courage, but I’ve never seen a Brecht play in a theatre before. This left me somewhat ...

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