Punching Jane
3.0★ ★ ★

Punching Jane

On the ground floor of The Stables, an 18th century brothel, after-hours take place bare knuckle fights between the resident prostitutes- the better to get the johns' juices flowing and their wallets opening....
Catch 22
3.0★ ★ ★

Catch 22

Joseph Heller’s own script for a theatrical version of his large 1961 novel, Catch-22, is evocatively set more or less in the guts of a WWII airplane. This metaphoric image dominates the action, which moves ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Turfed

Turfed is a theatrical installation that deals with the theme of youth homelessness, centering on the theme of football. It’s the product of a ten-month development process involving several cast members wit...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

With the Lights Out, It’s Less Dangerous

With the Lights Out, It's Less Dangerouswas one of a seven-part series of events as part of LIFT festival entitled Change for a Tenner. Each session brings artists, performers, writers and practitioners togethe...
Our Fathers
2.0★ ★

Our Fathers

Birmingham based theatre company Babakas’ first production is a story about relationships between fathers and their children. Mike has been asked to donate sperm to a friend of a friend of his late father. Be...
Akram Khan Company
3.0★ ★ ★

Akram Khan Company

After the wonder of Desh, Khan’s solo dance performance which premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 2011, I came to this show expecting an awful lot. Khan is a man who dances beautifully and has the imagination t...
The 21st Century Merchant of Venice
1.5★ (★)

The 21st Century Merchant of Venice

It is increasingly difficult to review London fringe shows and indeed it is not fortunate for The 21st Century Merchant of Venicedirected by Carol Allen that many independent low-budget productions on the Lond...
The Roof
3.0★ ★ ★

The Roof

The Roof has so much promise. An outdoors immersive show performed entirely on a panoramic platform above the audience's heads to a soundtrack relayed through individual headphone sets and with the inner city ...
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

First performed in 1816 and enthusiastically received from the second night onwards, Rossini’s comic opera – which still ranks 7th on Operabase’s list of most-performed operas, just ahead of Mozart’s F...
Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull
3.5★ ★ ★ (★)

Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull

Nothing odd will do long”, opined Dr Johnson.  “Tristram Shandy did not last.”  Laurence Sterne, the author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, was not to be overawed by the Great ...