Cluedo

Cluedo

Maybe it was the ‘sold out’ sign at the box office, or the massive queue, which I waited at the end of, anticipation intensifying with the perceived popularity of the productio… 

2011: A Space Oddity

2011: A Space Oddity

Normally when someone is not laughing, and everyone else is, it is because they don’t get the joke. 

The End

The End

Very occasionally we might have an original idea, and when we do we like to tell others about it; however nothing can be compared to the smugness of Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smi… 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

What I have always loved about Gilbert and Sullivan musicals is the tongue-in-cheek, ‘taking the mick’ style that is elemental to their popularity. 

Broken Wing

Broken Wing

On entering Venue 13 I am blown away by the inspired set pieces. 

Mah Hunt

Mah Hunt

As their sinuous bodies glided and writhed over the stage, stirring to the wailing undertones of the soundtrack, I was mesmerised. 

Fit for Purpose

Fit for Purpose

Having interned in an NGO’s office this summer, I found this narrative of two asylum seekers caught in the complexities of the UK Border Agency’s claims system incredibly accur… 

A Stone's Throw

A Stone's Throw

There is something about small performance spaces - their cosiness, their character - but most of all I enjoy how up-close and personal the actors can be in such venues. 

Tin Girl Story

Tin Girl Story

Tin Girl Story is an interesting production but I am unsure as to whether 29 Shoes Theatre Company chose the appropriate setting, or listing for their creation. 

A Hero Of Our Time

A Hero Of Our Time

I was thrilled to experience a piece of theatre performed in its traditional style but with a fair number of contemporary tweaks to keep the audience on its toes. 

The Just So Stories

The Just So Stories

After my initial panic at being stuck in a room where the mean age of the audience was about four, I began to relax to the dulcet tones of the performing quartet. 

A Timetraveller's Guide to Surviving Childhood

A Timetraveller's Guide to Surviving Childhood

This was a hilarious, fun and candy-full show. 

Hitler Alone

Hitler Alone

There tends to be controversy around plays, and films, that resurrect the character of Hitler for the sake of performance. 

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner, armed with a guitar and a flask of tea, saunters on stage, chatting to the audience as he sets up. 

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

From the moment I sat down, I knew this was a quality production. 

Kalagora

Kalagora

This play is stunning in its simplicity and endeavour. 

An Imaginary History of Tango

An Imaginary History of Tango

I have very mixed feelings about this multi-genre one-woman play. 

Blues!

Blues!

The hour-long musical and cultural immersion created by the Blueswater Collective would have received a perfect five stars if they had started as strongly as they finished. 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

I had anticipated a stunningly original production of Woyzeck by the Theatre Oikos company, considering their level of fringe experience and the quality of their text. 

The Fall Children

The Fall Children

I have always been of the belief that children’s shows require an element of the surreal for both the captivation of the children, and piquing the interest of the parents that pa… 

Interno 10/B

Interno 10/B

As the company’s shiny programme will tell you, ten is a very significant number, not least for the total of performers in the production of Interno 10/B. 

Qing Cheng

Qing Cheng

I give this production four stars with some trepidation, as I am not entirely sure whether it is just my sense of Western artistic norms that is holding me back, or if in fact Qing…