Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles

The Barber Shop Chronicles takes place in barber shops across the world, in Lagos, in Johannesburg, in Accra, in London and beyond. The shop becomes a space in which black masculinity and friendship is explored, through the profound, ridiculous, heated and ambivalent conversations men can have in a safe, community space... 

Bianco

Bianco

NoFit State is a circus company with serious personality. Watching these lawless performers hang from silks, clamber up ropes and swing above the audience is like watching something from a riotous underworld... 

Buried Child

Buried Child

Estranged grandson Vince returns to his idealised family home in rural Illinois in the hopes of re-establishing a connection with the life he left behind six years previously. But when he arrives unannounced on the porch of a rotting, leak-ridden farmhouse, the men of his family claim not to remember him... 

Side Show

Side Show

Daisy and Violet Hilton were real-life Siamese twins in Texas plucked from relative freak-show obscurity and who rose to a dazzling but fleeting stardom. In Side Show: The Musical they are ‘discovered’ by two-bit producer Terry, who admires them for their exoticism and understands the limitless attraction they hold over those who are willing to pay for entertainment... 

Torn

Torn

In a charged, fraught episode – one of many in Torn – actor Roger Griffiths shouts that this is the last chance to ‘salvage the wreckage’ of a family. Torn circumnavigates the intricacies of a toxic, fractured unit... 

Two Man Show

Two Man Show

When Goalen, Greenland and Wilkie sweep, commandingly onto the stage of the Soho Theatre, they announce their identity as goddesses ‘who know everything’. They certainly look the part; clad in floor-length gold robes, they hasten to inform the audience about thousands of years of patriarchal subjugation, signposting historical legacies dating back to Neolithic times which have been manipulated in order to oppress women... 

Kids with Beards: The Curse of the Secret Ham

Kids with Beards: The Curse of the Secret Ham

Kids With Beards is a six person-strong sketch comedy group from Brighton. Of the six performers two are women, so they don’t, in fact, all have beards. However, this revelation didn’t hamper my enjoyment of their Edinburgh Fringe preview... 

Human Animals

Human Animals

A bird crashes through the window and meets a brutal end, its blood smeared across the living room carpet. This is the first incident of violence in a play in which a previously-benign natural order has been upset; the soft bodies of foxes are discovered in the bushes, mice chew through their own veins, dead flies align on the window ledge and birds convene in terrifyingly large numbers... 

Kenny Morgan

Kenny Morgan

When a smell of gas emerges from flat three of a boarding house in Camden, the residents gather to find the body of a resident, Kenny Morgan, laid out by the fire. He is alive still; the meter has run out and though weak, he pulls through... 

The Joke

The Joke

An Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman walk into a theatre and get stuck in a joke. In an attempt to escape, they live out the punchline repeatedly, in an array of diverse and wacky ways... 

In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel

In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel

Miriam and Mark’s marriage is crumbling. Mark, a world-famous artist, spends his days at the canvas, convinced that he has discovered colour and that this will, in turn, revolutionise the art world... 

The Painkiller

The Painkiller

Two men arrive at a generic city hotel. The first is Dudley, a self-professed loser whose wife of eight years has run off with her psychiatrist. The second, Ralph, is a ruthless trained killer tasked with an assassination on location in the hotel... 

Cleansed

Cleansed

Sarah Kane’s Cleansed is a provocative, invasive and deeply discomforting piece of theatre, one that dazzles and disgusts in equal measure. Set in a laboratory facility within a university, love is dissected, mutilated and examined by the omnipresent figure of Tinker...