Boys' Life

Boys' Life

Three hapless 20 something men hang out in a bedroom, no longer at college but not yet ready for the world of grown-up relationships in ‘Boys’ Life’, Howard Korder’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play from 1988... 

Coalition

Coalition

A political satire on the Clegg-Cameron pact, this well-performed and entertaining play follows the power struggles of fictional Lib-Dem leader Matt Cooper (Thom Tuck), whose party is in meltdown following his many U-turns to serve his Tory masters... 

Who Is Moloch?

Who Is Moloch?

It is never a good sign when, after two readings of the plot summary, I’m still not sure what the whole thing is about. The venue was mysterious, a hole-in-the-wall gallery space that was really hard to find... 

Laugh or the Polar Bear Gets It

Laugh or the Polar Bear Gets It

A comedy night in aid of Friends of the Earth, this fast-moving show was jam-packed with talent. A cleverly varied programme featured established and up-and-coming talent in a series of user-friendly mini-sets... 

Victor / Victoria

Victor / Victoria

In this musical about a female impersonator (based on the Julie Andrews film), it’s one small step for a woman to dress up in drag, and one slightly bigger step for man and womankind – be they gay, straight or anything in between... 

The Static

The Static

This imaginative play opens on quirky teen, Sparky (Brian Vernel). With his long, thin frame and puppet hands, he is wonderfully awkward. Like the last dog left at the pound, he defies you not to love him... 

The Revenger's Tragedy

The Revenger's Tragedy

If you’re scared of clowns look away now. This circus themed production of Thomas Middleton’s murderous play tries to turn dark tragedy into black comedy but fails to convince as either... 

Mudlarks

Mudlarks

Holed up on a muddy ‘beach’, three boys look out across the Thames, on the run from the police, a vengeful gang and each other. This beautifully written debut by Vicky Donoghue is tough and lyrical, its language breathtakingly natural yet with a poetry all its own... 

The Freak and The Showgirl

The Freak and The Showgirl

‘NOT for the Easily Offended!!’ yelled the fliers. Self-styled ‘freak’, disabled actor, Mat Fraser, and Miss Exotic World, Julie Atlas Muz, promised ‘striptease, freak show and song’... 

I Am A Camera

I Am A Camera

I blame Liza. Lured by adolescent memories of Minnelli and Michael York in ‘Cabaret’ I came to see ‘I am a Camera’, the play the musical was based on. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Memoirs, Goodbye to Berlin, it’s a portrait of the novelist as a young man, who meets his muse, good-time girl Sally Bowles, in 1930s Berlin as the Nazis rise to power... 

Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

It’s not just the Trojans and Greeks who go head to head in this high concept Shakespeare production. The Royal Shakespeare Company (The Greeks) face off against New York’s The Wooster Group (The Trojans), to see who can best re-interpret a pretty tricky play... 

Mack And Mabel

Mack And Mabel

This dark and daring musical comes bursting out of a tunnel at Southwark Playhouse auditioning for its West-End transfer. A witty, tender and good-looking production, Mack and Mabel has a fine score, a tight cast, full band and one big star in the making in Laura Pitt-Pulford as Mabel – who takes your heart and puts it through the wringer as she falls for loud-mouthed, workaholic director, Mack Sennett (Norman Bowman)... 

Briefs

Briefs

They had me at ‘Hello’. Before that even, when a row of suited and booted guys stripped down to their black briefs and proceeded to fan dance the audience into a frenzy. Forget burlesque, this was ‘boylesque’ and this cross-dressing troupe from Brisbane rocked the Spiegeltent with a show that was solid gold... 

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

It could have been me, but in a hot Spiegeltent on the Southbank with chairs rammed closely together with a mixture of expectant adults and children, I wasn’t feeling it as the lights went down for ‘Tumble Circus’... 

Cantina

Cantina

An impossibly beautiful young man balances on a tightrope, his feet perfect, his arms waving madly as if trying to keep his balance. A woman in five inch silver stilettos climbs the step-ladder and, to gasps from the audience, steps out onto the wire to join him...