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

Ghoulish fun: Hag at the Soho Theatre (***)
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Ghoulish fun: Hag at the Soho Theatre (***)

The Wrong Crowd’s star continues to rise with their latest evocative puppet/theatre blend Hag, which follows much in the mould of their previous hit success The Girl with the Iron Claws. The forgettable story is a shame, but the frequent flashes of brilliance still make for an entertaining experience. At the Soho Theatre. The trendy tendency towards … Continue reading

It’s as bad as you’ve heard: Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic (*)
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It’s as bad as you’ve heard: Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic (*)

An incredibly talented group of people have come together and created the most disappointing production the Old Vic has seen in a very long time. Oh, I wasn’t looking forward to this: neither to watching nor writing about Mark Rylance’s poor attempt at Shakespeare. It’s been widely critically lambasted, with much being made of James … Continue reading

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A waft of decay: A Scent of Flowers at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre (***)

The neglected James Saunders’ West End hit A Scent of Flowers is revived lovingly at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, but there’s a stale whiff hanging around the text that not even Charlotte Blake’s spirited lead performance can quite cut through. James Saunders’ absurd plays were once the talk of London town, him lauded with promising playwright … 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

The secret gimmick: Secret Theatre Show 2 at Lyric Hammersmith (*)
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The secret gimmick: Secret Theatre Show 2 at Lyric Hammersmith (*)

Sean Holmes’ grand plan to reinvent British theatre falls flat at the first hurdle with this predictable result to the exciting premise that was Secret Theatre. At the Lyric Hammersmith. For those who don’t catch the latest theatre press, some background: avant-garde theatre director (and artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith) Sean Holmes announced a new … Continue reading