Total Eclipse: In a Moment, My Mum is Going to Step Out of the Moon

Total Eclipse: In a Moment, My Mum is Going to Step Out of the Moon

On one hand, Moving Pieces Theatre Company has a bold mission statement: ‘We combine performing arts with the containment of psycho-therapeutic practices and emergent ideas relating to neuroscience… 

The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Rhiannon Brace’s autobiographical play The Promised Land gives us the best of two dramatic worlds – the ring of authenticity and a pleasing narrative arc (not always present in autobiographical work)… 

Jack Cray: The Fittest Guy on the Street

Jack Cray: The Fittest Guy on the Street

Jack Cray is The Fittest Man On The Street. Is this a show about a man who’s been to the gym every day for months? No. Think more laterally and you’ll be closer to the answer, finding Jack’s personable and relatable account of a life-altering diagnosis… 

FREAK

FREAK

Anna Jordan’s two-hander FREAK is an unflinching look at female sexuality in a 21st century context. Georgie (Katie Bottoms) is a 30-year-old woman, single after some years, and not doing well… 

The Vein, the Fingerprint Machine and the Automatic Speed Detector

The Vein, the Fingerprint Machine and the Automatic Speed Detector

I was interested in the credentials of the performer of The Vein, the Fingerprint Machine and the Automatic Speed Detector, whose intense manner and air of authenticity was captivating from the moment the ‘show’ started… 

Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out!

Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out!

In this show of songs and character vignettes, Nigel Osner casts his perceptive and somewhat mischievous gaze over the poignance and ridiculousness of clinging to the illusion of youth long after it has passed… 

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Rob Auton: The Talk Show

Rob Auton is described as many things in addition to being a stand-up comedian – a philosopher, thinker, poet, surrealist… He is all of these and more. Advertorial for his show states that 'The Talk Show is a comedy / theatre / spoken word show about talking by award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton… 

Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

Foo Foo Fighters: Gothic Horror

Brighton Horrorfest 2018 invited audiences to ‘Come to the Castle of Count Jackula’ to see the Foo Foo Fighters’ intriguing and delightfully bloodthirsty burlesque with a Gothic Horror twist… 

Tape

Tape

Two women are on stage, their mouths are taped shut with broad, black gaffer tape. They are, literally, silenced. This is the opening, and very effective, metaphor for the kind of depressive mental illness they are exploring in Tape, a multimedia show devised by the performers Michelle Barrington and Eleanore Frances... 

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

Falkland: The War the World Forgot

Falkland opens with a projected collage of imagery from the time of the Falkands war – punk rock, Brezhnev, Pacman, the Brixton riots, the wedding of Charles and Diana. This is what the UK was thinking about... 

The Morning After the Life Before

The Morning After the Life Before

24th May 2015 was the day that Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. It was a great moment in LGBT+ history. That a country with a deeply homophobic religious framework could vote for equality in this way was truly inspiring... 

The Erebus Project

The Erebus Project

The Erebus Project has an interesting premise. Sam, an Aspergic Ph.D. student, is developing a computer programme to eavesdrop on a person’s thoughts. But what if the subject is then wired up at the point of death? Will this reveal whether there is an afterlife? Thus arises The Erebus Project, Erebus being the primordial Greek God of darkness who is associated with death... 

Anna

Anna

The past is littered with magnificent women who deserve to be remembered and Anna Brassey is one of them: curator, collector, philanthropist, photographer, founder member of St John’s Ambulance and inveterate traveller... 

The Polished Scar

The Polished Scar

Are leaders born or are they raised? The latter would seem to be the case in Duncan Henderson’s excellent one man play The Polished Scar. On a minimal set, with only a table and a chair to create a myriad of scenes, the play opens with an MP addressing the House of Commons... 

P

P

The audience enters The Warren's Theatre Box to find the actor sitting on a minimally dressed stage, carefully cutting up and arranging slices of fruit on a platter. Once finished, she introduces herself as Leila Herandi, the performer, and warns us that she is definitely not the character she will be portraying... 

Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings

Last Orders at the Dog and Dumplings

Kevin and Babs Chisholm run The Dog and Dumplings pub along with a mute parrot and a lesbian cat. Little do they know that a developer has just bought the place and intends to develop the premises...