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  • common national theatre
    Off West End Review

    Common – National Theatre

    At first glance, DC Moore’s Common looked refreshingly uncommon, boasting a strong female-led cast, with a queer woman at its heart. Hurrah, I thought, and all on a main stage at the…

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    Review West End

    BLUSH – Soho Theatre

    It all feels very safe doesn’t it, hiding behind a screen. You press send on those dick/tit pics, tweet that suggestive comment or press play on the porno, and get an…

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    Off West End Review

    The Ferryman – Royal Court

    Recently, it’s been impossible to avoid the tweets from wounded audiences, stumbling out from the Royal Court following Jez Butterworth’s latest play. So I arrived, braced and armed with a crash mat,…

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    Nuclear War – Royal Court

    Simon Stephens has collaborated with choreographer and movement director Imogen Knight to present a 45-minute experimental piece, fusing together words and movement, song and dance. The characters are unnamed, words are…

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    Joan – The Ovalhouse

    Towards the end of last year, my good friend (and fellow critic) Grumpy Gay Critic, urged me to see Milk Presents’ Edinburgh smasher JOAN when it transferred to the Ovalhouse. As…

  • a midsummer nights dream
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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Young Vic

    Joe Hill-Gibbins has taken A Midsummer Night’s Dream away from the magical, whimsical enchantment and slapped it onto a ‘dank and dirty’ muddy ground; Glasto style. But throughout this condensed re-imagining,…

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    Wish List – Royal Court

    What a way to start the year, with Katherine Soper’s timely play the Wish List. January is a time when we look to the year ahead; our goals, achievements and aspirations.…

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    Review West End

    The Kite Runner – Wyndham’s Theatre

    It’s been several years since I pored over the pages of Khaled Hosseini’s powerful novel The Kite Runner. This incredible tale of friendship affected by conflict, war and overwhelming guilt, all…

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    Hedda Gabler – National Theatre

    Emma Thompson thought she had the monopoly of melancholically listening to Joni Mitchell at Christmas time, but she hadn’t banked on Ivo van Hove. Neither had I, but when those sorrowful…