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February 10, 2020

Lily Levinson and Maeve Campbell star in ‘Shades of Mediocrity’, named after lyrics in a Simon and Garfunkel song (‘Homeward Bound’). Directed by Minna Jeffery, the performance follows the story of how Lily and Maeve became fans of Simon and Garfunkel, a folk rock duo,...

February 8, 2020

'The Woman In Black' tells the story of a retired solicitor, Arthur Kipps, who writes a play based on his own spooky experiences, that he wants to perform for his family and friends. However, he is nowhere near as charismatic or confident to do it, so he hires an actor...

January 6, 2020

A couple of weeks ago I joined my friend at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith to watch the theatre adaptation of Solaris, a novel by a Polish author, Stanislaw Lem, which my friend had read and thoroughly enjoyed. My friend is on a journey to become more ‘cultured’ so h...

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...

December 7, 2019

'These Walls Between Us' follows the stories of two interracial gay couples in the 1990's through a series of spliced-together duets and dance pieces. These relationships are interwoven with the turbulent political situation of Thatcher, section 28, AIDS, and feminist...

December 6, 2019

The Perfect Companion, directed by Charmaine K. Parkin, is a modern retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula where the villain is not always who you would believe. Performed by the SISATA Company as part of the London Horror Festival 2019 at the Pleasance Theat...

December 4, 2019

Silently Hoping is the story of a girl grappling with two halves of her heritage. Torn between an absent Bruneian father and a single white mother, Kalila attempts to navigate building an adult life without any clear sense of where she has come from. The play charts he...

December 2, 2019

Sam Ra’s You Game is a take on Anthony Shaffer’s award-winning Sleuth and is a fast-paced, clever and knotty revenge thriller, which re-genders the role made famous by Michael Caine. A self-proclaimed ‘modern, female led play’, You Game tackles issues of gender and sex...

November 30, 2019

'Attempts On Her Life' explores the mix of bigoted fascism and corporate greed, set in a disturbing montage of advertisements, office meetings and news rooms. It attempts to tell the story of the illusive 'Annie', a never-present character constantly changing identity...

November 20, 2019

The King’s Shakespeare Company returns with one of the playwright’s lesser known comedies The Merry Wives of Windsor, packed with energy, ridiculous costumes and a whole lot of fake laughter. The plot revolves around two storylines: that of Sir John Falstaff’s attempts...

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