Dave!

Dave!

Dave! is entirely incomparable with anything else I’ve seen this year. The storyline follows Dave, a quavering, uncertain individual, who is utterly overwhelmed by the things going on around him: his parents’ divorce, his mother’s new life, his abusive father and his desperate colleague... 

Tales from the MP3

Tales from the MP3

20 Stories High Young Actors Theatre Company’s Tales from the MP3 is an original and dynamic production. Consisting of verbatim accounts of young people’s opinions and experiences on topics like religion, race and sexuality, it feels extremely personal in its construction... 

The Cold Clear Elsewhere

The Cold Clear Elsewhere

Trapped in a telephone operator job in 1940s Sydney, Grace dreams of an elsewhere. In this charming one-woman show, Jennifer Williams (writer and actor) shares Grace’s story with us as the character travels to England after marrying a British soldier... 

Boosters

Boosters

Boosters is a one-woman show documenting individuals’ various experiences with the prison system. As expected it deals with some heavy topics: restorative justice, rehabilitation and drug addiction... 

Phantom Pain

Phantom Pain

Unhinged Creations’ production of Phantom Pain carries heavy themes: grief, mental illness, violence in relationships, and obsession. Though it’s hindered by a slightly lumbering and repetitive script, what emerges is the frame of a dark and thought-provoking drama about the swiftness and brutality of death and its effect on those left behind... 

Queen B

Queen B

The older-man-meets-younger-girl premise might have been done - and done well - with An Education, but with its delicate narrative, Nottingham New Theatre’s Queen B shows that there is more to explore on the topic... 

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

Written by Stephen Scheurer–Smith, the imaginatively titled Chrysalis opens with a guitarist strumming a folky melody. This serves throughout as a delicate backing track to three characters’ struggle for independence... 

The 56

The 56

FYSA Theatre brings us The 56, a show created from the testimonies of three individuals’ experiences of the Bradford City Fire of 1985, and an honest, respectful tribute to the 56 whose lives were lost... 

Crazy Glue

Crazy Glue

Crazy Glue, Single Shoe Productions’ wordless whirl back to the 1930s, has an intriguing premise. We are presented with two characters and a simple set consisting merely of three boxes (representing table and chairs)... 

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuit Land

Backstage in Biscuitland is the charmingly titled tour around the world of Jess Thom who has Tourette’s Syndrome. As a result of her neurological condition, no two performances are the same... 

Blackout

Blackout

Blackout, written by Mark Jeary, is a compilation of several real life accounts of alcoholism which discusses both the addiction and recovery process. Performed by five actors, its tone is reminiscent of a support group... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

An insight into the online lives of six teenagers, Chatroom displays a parent’s worst imagining of how online communication can escalate. Jim, a fifteen-year-old troubled teenager visits a chatroom looking for consolation... 

Ernest and the Pale Moon

Ernest and the Pale Moon

With slick ensemble work and sinisterly twinkling live music, Les Enfants Terribles are back at the Fringe once more with Ernest and the Pale Moon, a chilling account of a man’s downward journey to insanity... 

Chris is Dead

Chris is Dead

“Death is very inconsiderate.” It certainly seems so here. As the title might suggest, university student Chris is dead and has left his three housemates, Sam, Hattie and Mac, to cope with the things he has left behind... 

1 Green Bottle

1 Green Bottle

Former Royal Court writer Nick Cassenbaum’s new play, 1 Green Bottle, bets big. It promises themes of loneliness, control and “the electronic emptiness that lies behind the lens in a generation who have forgotten how to be themselves,” but these are heavy topics, and Cassenbaum struggles to deal with them in a mere 50 minutes...