February 18, 2019

This immersive production telling the story of a real life couple whom met in the terrifying Kiev uprising in 2014 baffles just as much as it entertains. Although this is understandable, as you'd imagine getting caught up in an uprising would be fairly confusing, the n...

November 14, 2018

Geoffrey Williams’ new play recounts Primo Levi, the renowned Italian Jewish chemist, writer, and holocaust survivor, as he struggles to finish his final book before his death in 1987. Holed up in his dark office, Levi struggles to fight off haunting hallucinations, wh...

October 22, 2018

This feminist re-working of Frankenstein is infuriating. The concept seemed so strong - rewriting the monster as a female, questioning the role of women in our patriarchal society, and exploring subversive themes in Shelley's seminal novel. However this half-baked atte...

October 22, 2018

Chickenshed's production is admirable, as they have taken Stevenson's text and

created a sung through musical, with its main focus seeming to be to captivate a teenage audience. This makes for engaging viewing, as the production is chronologically re-ordered with a lot...

October 13, 2018

The Natural History Museum is on to something with this foray into theatre, as the Jerwood Gallery is a beautiful setting for Charles Darwin's journey of a lifetime on the HMS Beagle. However, it feels as if the production is set so firmly as a school educational piece...

October 10, 2018

Polka's co-production with Tara Arts is the first UK stage adaptation

of The Panchatantra, India's Aesop's Fables. The concept of the production is wonderful, but unfortunately they miss the magic of the tales as they get caught up in lengthy dialogue and confusing fram...

September 30, 2018

What was described as "most compelling new work I have seen this year"1 by Michael Billington in its original run, at Finborough theatre in 2011, has sadly not translated well to the West End for a number of reasons. Despite its plentiful flaws, which I will discuss in...

September 2, 2018

The popularity of the recent The Handmaids Tale TV adaptation seems to have tainted Penelope Skinner's chance of success with Meek, as if critics feel two female-led dystopian dramas cannot exist independently. Although taking clear influence in its 'strictly chri...

March 12, 2018

Ballistic has become even more relevant, and will continue to do so, since its Edinburgh run. Devastating as that is, considering it deals in a horrific mass shooting not unlike the recent Florida shootings that have yet again devastated America. 


October 6, 2017

Exposing and questioning young people's perceptions of immigration and Brexit in the microcosm of a brother and sister's relationship, Zest and Half Moon have developed a fantastic production that gets to the heart and soul of the issues for an audience of young people...

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