The bold luxury of pure reason: X&Y at the Science Museum (**)
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The bold luxury of pure reason: X&Y at the Science Museum (**)

The next in the Science Museum’s foray into theatre, X&Y‘s mathematical post-dramatic ramblings is a profound mis-step, rehashing some of the most trite of theatrical experiments to create a wholly forgettable and dull hour of lecture theatre. The principle of educational theatre is a strong one — what better way to engage with a student than … Continue reading

Parenting ain’t easy: Where the Shot Rabbits Lay at the White Bear Theatre Club (**)
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Parenting ain’t easy: Where the Shot Rabbits Lay at the White Bear Theatre Club (**)

Brad Birch’s star may be on the rise, but this lukewarm production of one of his subtler plays leaves much to be desired: prescriptive direction and design and staid acting combine to create a rather dull story of the trials and tribulations of parenting. At the White Bear Theatre Club. With plays at the Royal … Continue reading

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Not nearly enough variety: Royal National Theatre of Fools at Mimetic 2013 (**)

Mimetic’s mix of cabaret and theatre also features a number of old fashioned variety performances, and the Royal National Theatre of Fools certainly has some idea of what they’re doing, but this is a bit too old-school to be credible in this day and age. At Mimetic 2013. I have always found variety acts a … Continue reading

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Onwards, Upwards and Sideways at Mimetic 2013 (**)

Mimetic’s mantra of supporting the stranger side of performance is given a test in The Mostly Everything People’s mixed bill Onwards, Upwards and Sideways. A couple of pieces impress, but this may just have meandered too far into the strange. At Mimetic 2013. I like to think of myself as a relatively open-minded reviewer – … Continue reading

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Down on Lucha: Tanzi Libre at Southwark Playhouse (**)

It’s certainly novel for Southwark Playhouse to open their new space in Borough/Elephant and Castle with Claire Luckham’s Trafford Tanzi, which features live wresting, but the resulting show is all flash and no substance, with a number of weak elements not quite making up for the excitement generated by setting a musical/play in a luchador ring. It’s strange … Continue reading

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Pretty phantasms: Ghost at the New Wimbledon Theatre (**)

I missed the critically derided, yet much loved musical version of the iconic Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore supernatural romance Ghost when it was on the West End, but luckily the flocking audiences have convinced the producers that a tour is in order – currently at the New Wimbledon Theatre, but probably shortly at a Theatre Royal near you. … Continue reading