1984, A Comedy

1984, A Comedy

Well, that’s a lie. I can’t help but wonder how this show came about. “Hey I know! Let’s take Nineteen Eighty-Four - you know, that book about a future in which an omnipresent, omniscient dictator commands a world transformed into a grey, humourless dystopia - and turn it into a comedy! What a really zany idea!” Eurgh... 

The Cubicle - Free

The Cubicle - Free

From what I can gather, this show is set at a wedding reception. There’s the timorous toilet attendant, a rather nervous bridesmaid, an overbearing mistress of ceremonies, a Gary Glitter tribute act (consisting of two people), a waitress and the bride herself, a woman not yet ready for wedded bliss... 

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

I was sitting behind a woman and her two children for this performance. She glanced around, saw my notepad and began giggling to herself, telling her sons that I was actually taking notes on how to beat off the living dead (not like that)... 

In A Thousand Pieces

In A Thousand Pieces

When I went into this show I was feeling quite elated. It was the fourth day of the final Test and Australia had lost five wickets of their second innings chasing a score of 705. Anybody reading this who knows what I’m talking about can understand my giddiness... 

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds

Actions Speak Louder Than Birds

The problem with small – “cosy” – spaces is that it’s very difficult for a critic to hide. The audience and the performer(s) develop a relationship simply because of proximity to each other and that’s what makes slating a show even harder... 

Destroy Powerpoint

Destroy Powerpoint

Hmm. With a title like this I was expecting a comic polemic bemoaning the stifling insipidness and omnipresence of PowerPoint. That might be worth a quick look, don’t you think? Who knows, it might even be insightful, cleverly written and blisteringly funny... 

Monday

Monday

I’ve always thought of religion as superstitious nonsense. This play reaffirms that belief. The plotline is thus: Neena is a teenager of about 17 years old who has been brought up in a deeply religious household and community in North London... 

In The Pink - Fabulous All-Female A Cappella!

In The Pink - Fabulous All-Female A Cappella!

I’ll admit that a cappella isn’t usually a genre that fills me with ebullience. I believe that after In the Pink I may have to revise that opinion. The premise is as you would expect: the group of 15 or so girls, all garbed in black with their own personal pink flair (a headband, a bow etc... 

Noddy in Toyland

Noddy in Toyland

Children and I are polar opposites. On one side sits me, a brusque, captious cynic, and on the other, tumbling and laughing, are the children: irrepressible, optimistic, inexhaustible balls of vociferous energy...