Gotcha

Gotcha

Theatre can only ask us to suspend disbelief to a certain point. Reading University Drama Society’s production of Gotcha, Barry Keefe’s 1977 play, asks us to suspend that belief too far – transforming Keefe’s powerful script into an unrealistic piece of drama that barely makes logical sense... 

Bridge to an Island

Bridge to an Island

‘If others can write about it so can I’ says the main character in Bridge to an Island. A dubious line, it reveals a fantastically naïve philosophy. Sadly, not everyone can write... 

The Butterfly Room

The Butterfly Room

A hungover girl wakes up in a stranger’s house and things start to get a bit weird. The Butterfly Room follows the story of Ollie and Valentina who find themselves in an interesting - if not entirely believable - situation... 

Journos

Journos

Sparkling with witty dialogue and clever wordplay, Journos is a very enjoyable way to spend an hour. Following the lives of northern journalists struggling to keep the ‘Daily Parade’ afloat, Journos documents the trials and tribulations of their daily routine, mixing it up with some tragedy along the way... 

Take Two Every Four Hours

Take Two Every Four Hours

Take Two Every Four Hours is a heart wrenching tale of friendship in the face of illness. Poignant, powerful and entirely believable Vertical Line Theatre’s production is a beautifully performed gem of a show... 

Specie

Specie

Imagine a world where people can change sex at will. Wives can become husbands, mothers fathers and daughters sons. Specie takes us into a magical future where people can ‘change’ with ease, becoming ‘new’ people who can live out their lives without fear of detection - unless you’re applying to be a priest at a Catholic church... 

76 Million People and Me

76 Million People and Me

Four dictators are in a rowing boat to hell. Hitler and Stalin are present, of course, joined by Mao and ‘does-anybody-know-who-I-am?’ Pol Pot. Clever, witty and poignant 76 Million People and Me takes a funny, fresh look at historical figures exploring the legacies they left behind and the icons they have now become, breaking the fourth wall along the way... 

Cinderella Lives!

Cinderella Lives!

‘Feminist burlesque’ sounds great. Not sure what to expect (some kind of Femen inspired strip tease perhaps?) but I was intrigued by the concept. However, Cinderella Lives is less burlesque, more monologue with random dance sequences intertwined... 

Economy of Thought

Economy of Thought

Banker wankers. We all know the stereotype. Sexist, arrogant, money-grabbing pricks who are out for themselves and themselves only. Economy of Thought is a play about a group of bankers who commit a morally dubious act (surprise surprise) and refuse to deal with the consequences (surely not?) For anyone who has seen Enron, Economy of Thought will be disappointing... 

Cartwheels

Cartwheels

‘Think Juno meets Waiting for Godot - but amazing’. No - don’t, think of all the clichés you’ve ever heard surrounding the abortion/pregnancy debate, add in a couple of bizarre scenes involving flying foetuses falling from the sky and there, sort of, you have Cartwheels... 

Captain Amazing

Captain Amazing

The best one man show I have ever had the pleasure to see, Captain Amazing more than lives up to its name. Mark Weinman is a wonder to behold, a master of the art he dazzles as a normal bloke having a difficult time... 

XY

XY

XY is a series of plays that have been written without specifying gender to any of the characters. An interesting concept, the performance consists of four twenty minute long plays which are completely independent from each other - written by different writers and lacking a central theme to tie them together... 

Mask

Mask

Mask is an unusual piece of theatre. The plot revolves around Eddie, a man who has discovered he can ‘remove his face’ a few hours before discovering his wife’s infidelity. The piece intends to explore questions of intimacy and identity, ‘Can you truly know someone without peering underneath their skin’, however the sparse dialogue and confused plot mean these questions are hardly touched upon... 

Buoy

Buoy

Can theatre take the piss out of being pretentious? Yes, of course it can, in principle. In reality it’s rather difficult. Buoy attempts to tackle the difficult question of ‘collective identity’ and retaining a sense of the individual while ‘belonging to something else’ - in this case a band... 

Brush

Brush

A multi-media theatre project is very difficult to pull off. Theatre is hard enough, adding film into the mix is an ambitious move. Sadly for Brush the gamble doesn’t pay off. It’s a shame as the script has moments of real power and honesty and the actors are not afraid to do it justice; the production has potential, but ultimately it lacks the structure required to pull it all together... 

Fleabag

Fleabag

Hilarious, dark and brilliantly-crafted, Dry Write’s production of Fleabag at the Underbelly is heart-wrenchingly honest. This one woman show explores all the complexities of modern life: masturbation, bad feminism and guinea pigs, taking on the big questions with poignant and ridiculously funny results... 

Play for September

Play for September

‘Schoolgirls have crushes on teachers all the time.’ Yes. Yes they do, but most of us didn’t have teachers who took it seriously. Play for September is a beautiful piece of new writing that explores the classic school girl crush and unearths the danger lurking beneath...