Monthly Archives: October 2010

Reasons to be Cheerful at #59 Theatre Royal Stratford East

Written for Whatsonstage.com  With vigorous renditions of the songs of Ian Dury, an adept cast and Gaelle Mellis’ busy, bright set design, there are many reasons to be cheerful about this new musical if you’re a Blockheads fan – but … Continue reading

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The Thrill of it All at the Riverside Studios

Written for Whatsonstage.com   It’s difficult to judge the success of a production that aims to be bad. The Thrill of it All, a new work from the controversial group Forced Entertainment, does just that. The audience is greeted by a … Continue reading

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The Last Pilgrim at #58 The White Bear

Written for Whatsonstage.com  Roy Smiles’ new play about the almost-election of Robert Kennedy is an uncompromising account of the fraught relationship between politics and the press. Set on the night of his assassination, Kennedy meets with three highly opinionated journalists … Continue reading

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Terror 2010: Death and Resurrection at Southwark Playhouse

Written for TheatreFix With reanimated rabbits, Chernobyl mutants and belly dancing, Terror 2010 is an odd mix that doesn’t always quite hit the mark. Comprised of four short plays interspersed with cabaret-style numbers, the evening has a varied programme. Billed … Continue reading

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The Fool at #57 Cock Tavern Theatre

Is Bond’s violence vindicated? Edward Bond season As fringe theatres go, the Cock Tavern certainly bats above its weigh; for a small, slightly off-beat venue, it plays host to some fantastic work. The Fool, one of six plays in the … Continue reading

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Cerebral theatre: what’s the point? A resoundingly bad theatrical experience

A Resounding Tinkle at #56 The Rosemary Branch Sometimes theatre is just bad. But what if it wants to be bad? What if it wants to turn its audience off? What do we do then? N. F. Simpson’s A Resounding … Continue reading

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If you want to get ugly, get really ugly

Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Ugly at Jacksons Lane A cleverly marketed play about the effects of climate change, Red Ladder’s Ugly is currently on a small-scale tour of the country. Set in a dystopian shell of the world we know, people … Continue reading

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