February 27, 2020

On a quiet road in Elephant and Castle, I enter an unassuming pub, get my hand stamped (I am now assigned to be a coal worker) and realise the entire building has been transformed in true Peaky Blinders-esque 1920s style, complete with themed drinks, gramophones, and a...

December 15, 2019

One would hope that the intimate theatre space above the Old Red Lion pub would be a perfect place to stage a Gothic Dickensian adaptation of the classic tale of ‘The Signalman’. And, while the aesthetic intentions of the production mean well, a distinct lack of charac...

October 12, 2019

We Anchor in Hope is writer Anna Jordan’s brilliant revolt against the dwindling sense of community in our fast-paced city. She raves against the demand for new flats and upmarket gastropubs, by zooming into the lives of the 5 locals who frequent The Anchor, a traditio...

July 5, 2019

GREY is a powerhouse performance that is unafraid to address the reality of living with depression, accompanied by live music and full BSL interpretation. Main actress and writer, Koko Brown, is joined by her interpreter Sapphire Joy, acting as her conscience, as sever...

June 22, 2019

At first glance, watching an opera based entirely on the reign of Tsar Boris Gudonov, set in sixteenth-century Russia does not exactly sound riveting. However, this new production of Modest Mussorgsky’s score at the Royal Opera House certainly overthrows expectations....

April 28, 2019

The premise of Neck or Nothing is undoubtedly odd; we follow a self-taught inventor named Jens who attempts to create a suit that will be able to fight bears, referred to as the ‘natural enemy’ of mankind. It is difficult to say then, why one feels so hooked by such a...

April 6, 2019

Mouthpiece, the new double act at the Soho Theatre, smartly interrogates the nature of the theatre industry, asking us whether it is right to squash disadvantaged people’s stories into templates for consumption by the theatre-going upper-middle class. The play is a bri...

March 31, 2019

The Bunker’s double-bill of Killymuck and Box Clever are unflinching in their depiction of women born with less money and opportunity. The play follows the lives of Niamh, growing up on a 1970s council estate in Ireland, and Marnie, struggling with her young child in a...

February 13, 2019

Upon entering The Bunker theatre in Southwark, one is confronted with a sign dividing the foyer into two paths; it reads on one side “UK/EU Passports” and “All other passports” on the other. This well-intentioned decorum sets the mood for Welcome to the UK in general;...

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