The Durham Revue's 33rd Annual Surprise Party!

The Durham Revue's 33rd Annual Surprise Party!

The best thing that can probably be said of the Durham Revue is that it’s uninspired.Aside from Harry Breslaw, who gives a solid performance throughout, the cast are largely inconsistent in filling their roles... 

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

As with every other play about the experiences within the acting trade, In Your Dreams comes with a reference to RADA, a few mentions of Peter Brook, and suffers from a fetishisation of Shakespeare without a particularly outstanding grasp of him... 

Maff Brown - Pacman Is Actually Allergic to Ghosts

Maff Brown - Pacman Is Actually Allergic to Ghosts

The kindest comparison one can probably make of Maff Brown’s show Pacman Is Actually Allergic to Ghosts (a show with references to pacman noticeably absent) is to that of a Saga Ocean Cruise... 

Fantasmagoriana

Fantasmagoriana

Set over the course of a thunderous evening in Lord Byron’s Lake Geneva Villa, Fantasmagoriana follows Byron as he, two of his lovers, and Mary and Percy Shelley take part in a hastily arranged writing competition; a competition that subsequently leads to the initial conception of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein novel... 

Bouncers

Bouncers

If you’re someone who enjoys crass, puerile humour, then Bouncers will appeal to your tastes. If you’re someone who has an inclination towards decency and a degree of intelligence in their comedy, then you will find this play vile... 

Ben Target in Discover Ben Target

Ben Target in Discover Ben Target

Ben Target is the best advert for the Free Fringe. There’s a lot of tripe to wade through, a lot of cringe-worthy moments to endure, but it’s worth it just for that occasional gem – and what a gem Target is... 

The  Nose

The Nose

Reverse Nikolai Gogol’s original Russian title for The Nose and you have the word ‘son’, the Russian for ‘dream’, or ‘sleep’. This sentiment is crucial to the story. The plot is absurd: the nose of a Government Major in St Petersburg is found by a drunken man in his bread roll, who then parades around town dressed as an officer taunting its desperate owner... 

Carey Marx: Laziness and Stuff

Carey Marx: Laziness and Stuff

Laziness and Stuff provides a space within which Carey Marx can comfortably cocoon himself and allow his mind to wander off on lethargic tandems. This is not to say his material is in itself lazy or tired - far from it... 

To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

To get to the point, this play is woefully average.To have and to hold follows Lucy, down-trodden but pretty, over the course of her best friend’s wedding reception. It’s a bizarre occasion involving the kindling of a relationship, the haphazard handling of a corpse, an uneventful suicide attempt, writhe-inducing revelations, and a goat that crashes a Lotus into a moat - this last event being a misguided attempt at surrealist comedy... 

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous novella, the story of a pilot who crash-lands his plane in the Saharan desert and befriends a boy, ‘the little prince’, with whom he embarks on a hallucinatory journey of strange tales and bizarre characters, is as cherished as it is perplexing...