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The Anatomy of Melancholy, Ovalhouse – Review

Stan’s Cafe ★★ Pros: It was interesting to hear of the views of Burton on cures for and causes of melancholy – some of which were surprisingly modern. Cons: A long performance with not enough to sustain interest and fully engage the audience. Our Verdict: A difficult performance that still feels like a work in progress. At 2hours 40 minutes it could be significantly shorter while retaining the overall content. Credit: Graeme Braidwood I do not usually research a production’s ...

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The Act, Ovalhouse – Review

Thomas Hescott & Matthew BaldwinDirected by Thomas Hescott★★★★ Pros: A clever and complex construction dovetailing fact with fiction to great effect and an admirable performance by Matthew Baldwin. Cons: Not really an official ‘con’ but if you expect this to attract a largely gay audience you’d be wrong. This is a piece of theatre for everyone. Our Verdict: An entertaining, witty, poignant and illuminating piece examining what it was like to be gay before decriminalisation. Courtesy of Ovalhouse The Ovalhouse ...

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The Fu Manchu Complex, Ovalhouse – Review

Daniel York Loh Directed by Justin Audibert ★★★ Pros: This show actually produced laughter, rather than just a smile. Cons: Old jokes from the beginning of the show feel a little like they are re-hashed again and again throughout the show with nothing new to add except shock factor. Our Verdict: If you enjoy The Book of Mormon style of comedy then this show is for you. A clever piece performed by 5 strong actors. Although it has a very ...

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Shield, Ovalhouse Theatre

Amaara Raheem ★★★ Pros: Engrossing, poetic commentaries on stories that span continents. Lovely music to accompany the narrative. Cons: Incomprehensible dancing at points that felt disjointed from the rest of the piece. Our Verdict: Good production value that successfully creates an intimate feel and absorbs the audience in the tales that are told. Courtesy of Ovalhouse Set in the Ovalhouse Theatre, Shield by Amaara Raheem encompasses the mediums of movie, music, movement and monologue to portray three stories. One is an ...

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Adventure/Misadventure, Ovalhouse

Written and directed by Nick Field ★★ Pros: Poetic writing, memorable original music and the theatre even lay on sushi and saki. Cons: The performance lacks polish; aspects of the show felt gimmicky and I felt the play’s message to be trite. Our Verdict: The mixture of rollerskating, harp playing, and travel writing does not add up to a rewarding theatrical experience. Courtesy of Ovalhouse  Adventure/Misadventure got off to a wonderful start when, upon arrival at the Ovalhouse theatre, I ...

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The Bear, Ovalhouse Theatre

Angela Clerkin & Lee Simpson  Directed by Lee Simpson ★★★★ Pros: This show has something for everyone; from drama to dance and spoof to satire, there is never a dull moment. A genuinely funny and original concept performed with perfect simplicity. Cons: Very few. The twist in the plot is quite obscure and comes out of nowhere, which could leave you more than a little bemused (but that’s the idea, really).  Our Verdict: We highly recommend this show. At times ...

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Cuddles, Ovalhouse Theatre

Joseph Wilde Directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord  ★★★★ Pros: A most unusual script brought to life by two strong actors.  Cons: Nothing much to report. Some elements of the show didn’t quite work but nothing too bad. Our Verdict: Funny, touching and incredibly intense, this is new writing at its best.  Courtesy of the Ovalhouse There have been a lot of shows about the riots in recent times. Some have been sympathetic to the rioters, whilst others have presented the facts ...

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