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Reviewing is at the heart of what we do. Here you’ll find all the reviews that our wonderful team of reviewers have written. On average we review around 15 productions all over the capital every week, so there should always be something that takes your fancy!

Eurohouse and Palmyra, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Credit: Alex Brenner

Pros: The original and effective approach to two well known political situations. Both actors can be truly hysterical with their clownish acting. Cons: Although successful at exposing situations, there’s no real analysis and the shows don’t go into much detail on the problems. Bertrand (Bert) Lesca and Nasi Voutsas have a special chemistry. They have been working together only since 2015, yet to see them on stage you would think they had known each other since nursery school. A talented duo ...

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Twang!!, Union Theatre – Review

Credit: Anton Belmonte

Pros: Fun choreography, daft puppetry, huge energy. Cons: Heavy on smut, light on good songs. When Much the Miller’s son gets lost in Sherwood Forest, salvation comes at a price: the ragtag bunch of men who come to his rescue have a tiresome habit of breaking into song and dance. Because this is Nottingham, where life is a musical and everyone knows their lines, their steps and their place. Anyway, a few escapades later, and having won the hand of ...

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Coconut, Ovalhouse Theatre – Review

Credit: Greg Goodale

Pros: Kuran Dohil’s professional stage debut is brilliant and side-splittingly funny. She captivates the audience with her powerful stage presence. Cons: Does well to avoid sweeping generalisations, but includes some religious stereotypes, especially in the portrayal of convert Simon. Guleraana Mir’s play Coconut tells the story of twenty-something Rumi, a Muslim ‘coconut’, brown on the outside, white on the inside. Rumi is a pork-scratchings-and-vodka kind of girl, instead of the modest girl her family and community want her to be. Just when she thinks she’ll never find ...

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Scene, Camden People’s Theatre – Review

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Pros: Sharp dialogue intelligently addresses difficult issues with a wonderfully warm and light-hearted tone. Cons: An occasional few nervous jitters came through, but these merely added to the sincerity of the piece. Ayo, a captivating, earnest black girl, and Flo, a passionate and bookish white girl, have been a couple since they were students and shared a shy first kiss at a club. A few years later they are living in their overpriced flat in present-day Peckham, where they argue about ...

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