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Eyes Closed, Ears Covered, Bunker Theatre – Review

Credit: Anton Belmonté

Pros: The confident and able cast deliver this play with conviction, in an unusual venue that makes it stand out even more. Cons: A weaker second act loses the flow (and the plot), leading to a distressing climax. Eyes Closed, Ears Covered is a full-on piece of theatre: it demands attention, but also scrutiny. On the surface, we see two teenage boys bunking off school for the day, back in 1986. They swap grim Woking and the school bus for ...

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Deadline Day, Theatre N16 – Review

deadline day

Pros: An intense and compact drama, the scope of which explores a lot more than just The Beautiful Game. Cons: Some choices aren’t clearly defined enough to fully realise the script’s potential. Liverpool legend Bill Shankly is often quoted as having said “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” In John Hickman and Steve Robertson’s Deadline Day, football’s ...

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Hansel and Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, St Paul’s Church – Review

Credit: Nick Rutter

Pros: This is entertaining, creative, eye-catching and full of good moral values. Cons: The merging of two-well known stories adds a great deal of complication. As something of an Iris Theatre super-fan, I couldn’t wait to review their latest offering, a kid-friendly production of Hansel and Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, in the charming St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. The format matches their previous outstanding productions, as the audience is led through a wonderland of stages and scenes both ...

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