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Women of Twilight, White Bear Theatre – Review

Sylvia Rayman Directed by Jonathan Rigby ★★★★ Pros: Solid, gritty drama and a talented company of actresses. Cons: The subject may seem an unlikely source of entertainment for some.  Our Verdict: This lost play is definitely worthy of revival and it deserves wider exposure. Come on West End theatre producers! Courtesy of White Bear Theatre Club It was with mixed feelings that I made my way to the White Bear Theatre in Kennington to see Women of Twilight. I was ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba, Baron’s Court Theatre – Review

Federico García LorcaDirected by Adam Morley★★★ Pros: Belen Díaz’s performance as Bernarda Alba really brings the show together. Cons: The production in the original Spanish limits the audience pool significantly. Our verdict: Spain’s past and history came alive in the little theatre of Barons Court. A powerful and symbolic production filled with surprises. The House of Bernarda Alba is Spain’s most famous dramatist Federico García Lorca’s last tragedy. Written in the midst of the Civil War that would ultimately cost him ...

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The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Clout TheatreDirected by Mine Cerc★★   Pros: The excellent physical performances from the Lecoq-trained ensemble are extremely polished and highly skilled. Cons: Falling in the genre of performance art, it will not be to everyone’s taste and the theme was rehashed again and again, without exploring new ideas. Our Verdict: Great performances can’t save this repetitive, one-note performance art production. Courtesy of Battersea Arts Centre For 45 minutes, three dead people share an excerpt of their purgatorial existence with us. Using ...

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Fresh Off The Boat, Hen and Chickens Theatre – Review

A Border Story – Sarah Pitard Directed by Eyal Israel The Utility People – Michael Ross  Directed by Cat Robey ★★ Pros: A lot of genuine humour and originality in the writing, delivered admirably by the actors Cons: Two short plays meant there was less to get your teeth into. The stories lacked a deeper sense of emotion, and it was overall a bit unnecessarily preachy. Our verdict: A snappy and witty couple of plays with an interesting and topical message but ...

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Ghosts, Almeida Theatre – Review

Henrik IbsenDirected by Richard Eyre★★★★★ Pros: A devastating and powerful play, stunning performances and a simple but wonderfully atmospheric set. Cons: Would be hard put to find any! Our Verdict: An assured and brilliant new adaptation. Courtesy of Almeida Theatre Ghosts is set in a dark house in rural Norway. Helene Alving is preparing a memorial for her late husband with the help of Pastor Manders. Her son Oswald has just returned from a number of years away from home ...

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Routes, Royal Court – Review

Rachel DelahayDirected by Simon Godwin ★★★★ Pros: Great writing supported by strong performances and pared-back but excellent direction. Cons: Nothing. This is a very good play that I found both enjoyable and moving. Our Verdict: These poignant intertwined stories about migration manage to be simultaneously funny, hard-hitting and emotionally truthful. Go see it! Courtesy of telegraph.co.uk Routes follows two parallel stories. In one, a Nigerian man named Olufemi is desperately trying to acquire the necessary papers to get back to ...

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