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A Lesson from Auschwitz, New Wimbledon Theatre – Review

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Pros: By honing in on Höss, Hyland’s play doesn’t choose the obvious Holocaust perpetrators (Hitler, Himmler, Mengele et al). Cons: Crescendos in Höss’ speech become distracting; likewise, proximity to the audience and prolonged emphasis of gestures can overkill the intensity. The term ‘political hygiene’ is a chilling one, especially when spoken by Rudolf Höss, commandant of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place he has just described as ‘the largest human slaughterhouse in history’. Hearing these words on a hot Saturday night in gentrified ...

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Fabric, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre – Review

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Pros: A brilliant script and a beautiful performance from Nancy Sullivan. Cons: Although intimate, the venue has a dark and airless atmosphere, which can sometimes be uncomfortable. London theatre never fails to surprise me. The latest shock is that the New Wimbledon Theatre has a studio! Like all good studio theatres it stands at the vanguard of new, innovative productions and Fabric is no exception. It tells the story of Leah (Nancy Sullivan) in a one woman, one act play ...

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Freefall, Wimbledon Studio

Matthew Bulgo and Becky PrestwichDirected by Alice Malin★★★★ Pros: Superb new writing, nuanced and heartrending performances from the entire cast. Cons: Only that both plays are heartbreakingly sad! Our Verdict: A perfect pairing of two plays exploring the themes of memory, grief and loss. Painful and wonderful to watch. Double bills often don’t make for a coherent and satisfying evening of theatre. Not so with Freefall. The two plays featured, The Bear, the Owl and the Angel by Becky Pretwich and ...

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Our Friends, The Enemy, New Wimbledon Studio

Alex GwytherDirected by Tom O’Brien★★★ Pros: Fantastic design coupled with a bright and enthusiastic performance based on a fascinating historical moment. Cons: The plot didn’t have much of an arc and despite an engaging performance, the script might have been better suited as a short story or full-cast production rather than a solo piece. Our Verdict: There were many great elements at play here but ultimately the dramatic presentation lacks effectiveness. Courtesy of New Wimbledon Theatre Alex Gwyther is the ...

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