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The O.S. Map Fan Club, Etcetera Theatre – Review

The OS Map Fan Club - Review - Etcetera Theatre

  Pros: Endearing, sincere, wholesome and zany. Cons: As of yet no news of a sequel. You may think that an hour-long solo performance about O.S. maps might be a little on the dull side – but oh no, you couldn’t be more wrong! This play has everything – nostalgia, laughs, dread, and sexual politics, even featuring a segment that borders on map-based sexual innuendo, complete with plenty of role-play dotted throughout. Comedy performer Helen is no stranger to the ...

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Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead, Soho Theatre – Review

credit: Show and Tell

Pros: A multi-layered concept, deftly handled by Morpurgo, who has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. Cons: Audience participation elements might deter some theatregoers. Also, the Soho Theatre’s side-view seating makes it easy to miss some of the jokes. Have you ever sat through a highbrow 9-hour vanity project based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, followed by a post-show Q&A? Nope, neither have I, but Joseph Morpurgo’s Hammerhead takes that concept and runs with it, imagining a ...

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Our Man in Havana, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

Production shot for Our Man in Havana by Spies Like Us Theatre Company

Pros: A perfectly executed adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, with endlessly inventive choreography and the best use of a vacuum cleaner you’ll ever see on stage. Cons: None – it’s a solid all-rounder. Have you ever seen a vacuum cleaner become a coat stand, a bar, a phone and a dog? All these are possible, and many more transformations too, in Our Man in Havana, by Spies Like Us. Here, the household prop, which is sold by a vacuum salesman ...

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