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Off West End

Ah, the Off West End. For those not familiar with the term, this is where the real magic of the London theatre scene happens. Great shows are born here, in pubs, in 50-seat theatres, in tunnels. Recommended for the adventurous – we can’t get enough of it, and you’ll save a quid or two as well!

F*cking Men, The Vaults – Review

Pros: Superb cast, strong script and beautiful direction Cons: Unavoidable noise from outside the venue I had the pleasure of seeing this play in 2009 during one of its numerous sold out runs at the wonderful Kings Head Theatre in Islington. I then bumped into some friends at this year’s Edinburgh Festival who had just seen it on the Fringe, so I went again. I’ve now had the delight of seeing this fantastic play for a third time as it ...

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London Stories: Made by Migrants, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Pros: Moving, inspiring and eye-opening. This experience should be part of every school programme. Cons: There is a fair amount of walking up and down the stairs involved so, if you have any access requirements, let the box office know in advance. I arrived at the Battersea Arts Centre after a day of far too much discouraging news on international politics. Most likely, 2016 will be remembered as a year when extensive migration was met with fearful and openly hostile ...

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Still Ill, New Diorama – Review

Pros: Brilliant cast, sustained rhythm and a clear script Cons: Although the play is perfectly delivered, the theme is such that the show might seem a bit too long Inside the New Diorama Theatre there are orange seats and a doctor’s bed at the centre of the stage. Harriet, a nurse, accompanies Sophie into the theatre, introduces the young woman to the audience, and then leaves her lying on the doctor’s bed. Still Ill takes as its subject mental illness, ...

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