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            REVIEWS 2018

 

 

 

STATEMENTS

Written and Performed by Sam Clayton

Kings Head Theatre 14-15 Jan/ Bread and Roses Theatre 13-17 Feb 2018

****

‘intensely rich and well researched’

Statement (verb); officially assess (a child) as having special educational needs. Sam Clayton’s one man show explores the process of educating a statemented child from a variety of angles: teachers, parents, doctors, SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator), and the children themselves ... Read More

 

EAST by Steven Berkoff

King’s Head Theatre 9 January to 3 February 2018

*****

‘This excellent revival, directed by Jessica Lazar, captures East’s articulate anarchy… Not to be missed.’

Sit down and prepare for a verbal assault that will leave the audience reeling. Novel, hilarious, bawdy, relentless – Steven Berkoff’s classic play East is back in town, returning to the King’s Head Theatre where it was performed forty years ago. Read More

 

BOYS IN THE BUFF

The King’s Head Theatre (25 Nov – 9 Dec 2017)& 11th Jan - 3 Feb 2018

****

‘Comedy without crassness, heart without histrionics’  

‘Nakedness is uncomely...Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.’ So said British statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon. And it is not untrue that the British are somewhat known as prudish ... Read More

 

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THIS STORY OF YOURS by John Hopkins

The White Bear 9th – 27rd January 2018

'Although 50 years old, This Story of Yours is shocking to watch even by today’s standards'

In a dimly lit, 60s era sitting room, Detective Johnson drinks, and broods, and then drinks some more. For six weeks, he’s been chasing a child molester who kidnaps young girls, leaving them in the woods to be found by Johnson. It is very likely he killed this man tonight. Read More

 

IMAGINATIONSHIP by Sue Healy

Finborough Theatre 7 - 23 Jan 2018

****

“...everyone knows those classical Greeks were benders”

For various reasons I know Great Yarmouth quite well. It’s a town not far from the Norfolk Broads and where Sue Healy has set her play ‘Imaginationship’. Great Yarmouth is a ‘complicated’ place. Read More

 

MY GAY BEST FRIEND written by Louise Jameson and Nigel Fairs

The Hope Theatre 9-27 January 2018

***

‘This short two-hander, little over an hour, never ceases to engage and amuse.’  

There can seemingly be something very special about a friendship between a gay man and a straight woman – in print there was Michael and Mary Ann in Tales of The City, on television ... Read More

 

INTO THE NUMBERS by Christopher Chen

Finborough Theatre 2 - 27 January 2018

****

‘a play of ideas, particularly the nature of history and how we construct meaning from the range of disparate facts’  

In 2004, a young American historian, Iris Chang, killed herself, seven years after her book The Rape of Nanking was a worldwide bestseller that highlighted the mass execution of tens of thousands of Chinese ... Read More

 

TOP HAT

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, until 28 January 2018

*****

'rich with romance, dazzle and wit’  

Irving Berlin’s musical is brought to us through the lens of RKO’s motion picture starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Based on this film and its book by Matthew White & Howard Jacques, it has lost none of its dazzle and wit.  

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GEPPETTO: EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES by Concrete Temple Theatre

Canal Café Theatre, W2, 12, 13, 19 & 20 January 2018

“Charming and thought provoking in equal measures”

Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities is the tale of how one man overcomes his grief by creating a unique puppet show. Through Geppetto, solo performer Carlo Adinolfi communicates the show’s core theme of triumph out of adversity by intertwining tales from Greek mythology with ... Read More

 

BLUE MOON by Maud Dromgoole

Bread and Roses Until 13th January 7.30

The Crown Inn, Old Oxted 15th – 18th Jan 8pm

***1/2

‘sparky acting, tight directing and a well-drawn relationship’ 1/2

An older woman meets a nervous younger man in a pub and money exchanges hands but all is not what it seems. In order to impress the girl of his dreams twenty-year old Matthew needs to learn to play poker ... Read more

 

PETITE PANTOS

Drayton Arms Theatre 9-13th January

*****

‘Two Petite Pantos with hearts and souls of GIANTS’  

Like all theatre, pantomime can be a David and Goliath affair. Big theatres, big stars, big budgets and big ticket prices versus shows like Petite Pantos at the Drayton Arms pub theatre. Had I been ... Read More

 

A FISH?

Written and performed by Oh Standfast

Etcetera Theatre 10th January

Black Box Festival (Work in Progress)

****

‘I have no idea what I watched but I loved it’

‘If you think this is funny, it’s comedy. If you think this is clever, it’s poetry. If you don’t understand it, it’s art’. An astute statement and fair warning at the beginning of his show, ... Read More

 

REVAN AND FENNELL

Written and performed by Rosie Revan and Alice Fennell

Etcetera Theatre 10th January

Black Box Festival – (Work in Progress)

***

‘a pair of eminently capable comedians’

My hopes were high for double act Revan and Fenell; being touted as the next French and Saunders is no light burden of expectation. I also realized as I sat down in the theatre, this was the first female double act I’d ever reviewed, so was especially interested to see how they fared against ... Read More

 

Harley and Me by Lucy Walters,

The White Bear Theatre, Kennington 2 - 8 January 2018

“An interesting look at domestic violence, criminality and psychosis.”

In the US, a woman is being interrogated in a room by a psychiatrist. The woman, Harley Quinn, (Danielle Williams) has been arrested after a bank raid goes badly wrong and the psychiatrist (Niamh Watson) is trying to get to the bottom of her psyche. The 55-minute play looks at criminality, abuse and love and ... Read More