2.0★ ★

NSFW

NSFW stands for “Not Safe For Work”, a warning added to certain websites that you might want to think twice before viewing them in the office (and don’t pretend you didn’t know that...) It’s also the ...
3.0★ ★ ★

Chinese Whispers

If the phrase “Chinese whispers” describes the way a tale becomes distorted in the retelling, here we have deception of a more deliberate kind - though having said that, it seems legitimate to wonder to wha...
3.0★ ★ ★

right left with heels

If Christopher Isherwood’s novel about the rise of Nazism, “Goodbye to Berlin”, was later staged under the name “I Am a Camera”, here we have Francesca Isherwood tackling similar subject matter - but ...
2.0★ ★

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

You have disgraced yourselves again. Is this to be the recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius? WB Yeats’ famous words to the audience who rioted at the premier of Sean O’Casey’s “The Ploug...
3.0★ ★ ★

Aisha

It’s no insult to Aisha to say that it’s very much an issue play, concerning the forced marriage of young girls to much older men. The name is presumably a reference to the ever-controversial subject of the...
3.0★ ★ ★

An Octoroon

Is Boucsploitation a thing now? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ relationship with Irish playwright Dion Boucicault is clearly a complex one, perhaps more complex than is conveyed by having them shout “Fuck you!” ...
Little Bulb - Extravaganza Macabre @ Battersea Arts Centre
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Extravaganza Macabre

What is the plural of euphonium? I never imagined I’d need to know, but Little Bulb Theatre’s show Extravaganza Macabre, which inaugurates Battersea Arts Centre’s new Courtyard Theatre, begins with three ...
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Eavesdropping

You could sit in Starbucks and secretly record the conversation at the table next to you. The dialogue would by definition be realistic, but would the result necessarily make a great play? No, because a play ne...
3.0★ ★ ★

Love N Stuff

Midway upon the journey of our life/I found myself within a forest dark/For the straightforward pathway had been lost, runs the famous opening of Dante’s “Divine Comedy”. Tanika Gupta’s “Love N Stuff...
Sket, Park Theatre
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Sket

Monica Lewinsky recently wrote in the Guardian that the fame she achieved in the 90s has stuck to her “like tar”, and given what she’s famous for, she may now wish she’d chosen another metaphor. Fast fo...