Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Molodyi Teatre combine verbatim accounts of migration from the Ukraine to the UK with a Britain’s Got Talent pastiche in a bizarre satire of modern-day xenophobia. Our host, dressed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, welcomes us to an evening of ‘talent’ and terrible jokes... 

How is Uncle John?

How is Uncle John?

How Is Uncle John? is a story about the relationship of mother and daughter: of protector and protected, and of victim and survivor. Itis a brave depiction of domestic abuse and sex trafficking that follows the struggles of Hope and her mother against the abusive men in their lives... 

Playing Soldiers

Playing Soldiers

Young company LUND have created a collage of testimonies from current, former and aspiring young servicemen and women in their new show Playing Soldiers. The show delves into the motivations of young people joining the army, and seems to probe the moral implications of recruiting these young people... 

All Might Seem Good

All Might Seem Good

Drawing from the likes of renowned theatre company DV8, All Might Seem Good mixes verbatim accounts of fate with physical theatre: mixing the highly natural with the highly stylised... 

Sheltered

Sheltered

New company Bellyfeelhave collaborated with Crisis, a charity for the homeless,to develop a series of monologues that illustrate the tough and varied experiences of those living without a permanent home... 

Strictly Come Trancing

Strictly Come Trancing

Ben Dali’s Strictly Come Trancing has a flashy presentation as he enters to Eye Of The Tiger in a glittering jacket and pop-star headset. Dali has a good sense of humour and immediately connects with his audience; explaining what hypnosis is and, crucially, that it doesn’t work on everyone... 

Best of the Bohemians

Best of the Bohemians

Best of the Bohemians have everything you’d expect from a concert of musical theatre. The setlist is a dynamic range of old and new; mixing Gershwin with new off-broadway hits such as Heathers: The Musical and, crucially, ending Act 1 with a rendition of One Day More... 

Some Voices

Some Voices

Some Voices is a sharp, gritty and touching play that some may recognise from a 2000 film adaptation starring Daniel Craig. It centres around a young schizophrenic man named Ray (played by Michael Dallas) who has just been released from hospital... 

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show

Patrick Monahan is the guy in the club that everyone becomes best friends with in one night. Nobody knows who here’s there with or why he’s wearing a dollar sign medallion, but he cuts some good shapes and buys everyone a round of jaegerbombs... 

Spontaneous Sherlock

Spontaneous Sherlock

The premise: ‘Sherlock Holmes and the [insert audience suggestion here].’ The response: three actors improvise an Arthur Conan Doyle narrative around this title. The result: utter brilliance... 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is one of composer Stephen Schwartz’s lesser known musicals. Think Wicked meets Jesus Christ Superstar. Mixing pop-rock with parables from the gospel according to Matthew, the narrative is always somewhat lacking... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Ark

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: The Ark

Drawing from Biblical allusions, Fourth Monkey’s The Ark, as part of their Genesis and Revelation programme, centres on people attempting to play God with the lives of modern-day refugees... 

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King – Mind Control

Mason King’s Mind Control mixes card tricks, deception and mind-reading into just under an hour of delving into the human psyche.King’s speciality, as you might have guessed, is mind-reading... 

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush is a dark political comedy turned farce, featuring a princess stuck in a portaloo and a ransoming of The Daily Star. The show begins with all the ingredients for success: an excellent premise, five great comic actors, and an astutely current political message... 

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

Put Miranda Hart in a rocket with an extra dose of feminism and whimsy and you get Samantha Baines’ 1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox. Baines bounces about the space with an infectious energy, spouting popular science facts and wrangling every single googled tidbit into a pun... 

Made in Dagenham the Musical

Made in Dagenham the Musical

Following its woefully short-lived run at the Adelphi Theatre in 2015, the only opportunity to catch this upbeat musical is now in the hands of amateur theatre companies. This company rises to the occasion in their lively adaptation of Made in Dagenham, delivering an hour and a half of feel-good fun... 

Pussyfooting

Pussyfooting

Pussyfooting is a project that has been evolving over the course of a year, and, presumably, could continue to go on evolving with its bright new company from Oxford University: Knotworks... 

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee

Liz Miele is a smart, sardonic firecracker from New Jersey who’s been on the comedy circuit since the tender age of 16. She is by all accounts a seasoned professional, with a programmed hour of unceasing hilarity... 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

‘Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the innocent’ reads a screen at the back of the stage. Damian Kingsley’s Knock Knock is an unravelling of his identity: from his school years to his relationship with his father, all leading towards his recent separation from his partner, after which, he ‘didn’t have a pot to piss in... 

Still Here

Still Here

Still Here is a new piece of verbatim theatre formed from an interview conducted in the Calais refugee camp during December 2015. Rachel Partington, interviewer, writer, and cast member, plays herself; a thoroughly likeable and thoughtful do-gooder heading off to Calais with a backpack full of Parma Violets and sporting a woolly Christmas hat... 

Andrea Hubert: Week

Andrea Hubert: Week

Gliding in wearing a mint green and lace floaty dress, Andrea Hubert appears calm and somewhat airy as she walks out onto the stage. When she opens her mouth, a honeyed upper-middle class tone says “I was in Waitrose…” Thankfully, it’s not an observational string of ‘Overheard in Waitrose’ remarks... 

Tiff Stevenson: Seven

Tiff Stevenson: Seven

Seven years since her first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Tiff Stevenson hits the audience right off the mark with a joke about 7/7. Unexpected and unapologetic, she makes no bid at false modesty: ‘if you can’t handle me at finger in bumholes, you don’t deserve me on politics...