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Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran, Omnibus Theatre – Review

Drag theatre is an increasingly broad church and here it is used to serious political effect at Omnibus Theatre’s 96 Festival of queer theatre, which celebrates the iconic 1996 Pride party on nearby Clapham Common.  The drag, for fans, delivers. Lip syncing, pop covers, gay culture references (including a welcome nod to Kenneth Williams), fan dances and wounded glamour are all present and correct.  Everything looks divine too. Sam Wilde and Elizabeth Harper’s set design, in a reconfigured Omnibus auditorium, is ...

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The Pit and the Pendulum, Omnibus Theatre – Review

Pros: The original twist of a Poe horror classic. Cons: Too much focus on how the play is delivered (headphones, projections) and less on the content of the play itself, which feels overloaded. There are many things in common between the Spanish Inquisition and the Guidance Patrol of Iran. Both were created to maintain religious orthodoxy and police people’s morals. Neither was particularly keen on women. Edgar Allan Poe’s short horror story The Pit and the Pendulum recreates the torments of ...

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Blood Wedding, Omnibus Theatre – Review

Pro’s: Intensely dramatic and beautiful adaptation of classic; not one to miss. Con’s: Anything that wasn’t quite up-to-scratch was forgiveable, and more than made up for. Lorca’s classic is given the modern-day London treatment by a multinational, multi-talented cast. Boldly and subtly adapted into the 21st Century, this production of Blood Wedding seamlessly weaves the everyday of 2018 into the grand and timeless themes presented first in Madrid 85 years ago. This adaptation of what is, at its simplest, a ...

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The Soul of Wittgenstein, Omnibus Theatre – Review

Pros: Subtlety, hilarity and tragedy in equal measure Cons: Restatement of character qualities becomes repetitive in just a few places, but that’s it Based on a tidbit of information that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein spent a period pushing trolleys at Guy’s Hospital during the Second World War, writer Ron Elisha weaves a rich narrative that, in just over an hour, explores philosophy, language, literature, religion, and an intriguing relationship between an Austrian ex-professor and an illiterate Cockney amputee. The performance took at Omnibus Theatre, and the ...

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Drag me to love, Omnibus Theatre, Clapham – Review

Pros: A glittery, toe-tapping fun fest which gives you an insight behind the scenes of the world of drag. Cons: We were promised a few tears, but I didn’t shed any. Would have liked to see a little bit more of the struggle in Bonnie’s story. A riot of iconic gay anthems, neon wigs and fistfuls of glitter confetti, this 45-minute performance is the story of Cameron Sharp’s early life and that of his drag alter ego, Bonnie Love. We ...

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