★★★ Beats on Pointe

Harry Bignell reviews Beats on Pointe at the Peacock Theatre. Following a clunky introduction where the audience had to shout, “Your mic’s not working!” for the compare to realise we could not hear a word he was saying, Beats on Pointe explode onto the shabby chic stage of […]

★★★ Not Guilty Pleasures

Simon Ward reviews Fanny & Stella at Above The Stag. A word about the venue. In spite of the name, Above The Stag is certainly not another theatre above a pub. In fact it occupies a lavishly refurbished railway arch next to Vauxhall station and boasts that it […]

★★★ Tony’s Last Tape

Harry Bignell reviews Tony’s Last Tape at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham. As someone with little knowledge of Tony Benn ahead of this performance, walked into the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham unsure what to expect. The following hour was engaging, educating and humbling in fairly equal measure. Mimicking the […]

★★★★ Anchored in Joy

Simon Ward reviews Anchor at Camden People’s Theatre This is a joyous delight. The genesis of the piece, as described in the programme, is exactly as you would expect. They were thrown together as if by chance and invited to collaborate. And have managed to produce a brilliant […]

★★★★ Lipstick

Harry Bignell reviews Lipstick at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham. This play is a beautiful, sensitive and unsettling performance that explores disparate realities and sexualities in a jarring juxtaposition of time, location and circumstance. The play switches between the three as Orla, played by Siobhan O’Kelly, reflects on her […]

★★★ Staying Faithful

Harry Bignell reviews Staying Faithful at the Drayton Arms Theatre. Imagine a theatrical reimagining of Skins with less trendy (but far enjoyable!) music and you won’t be far off of Staying Faithful. Branded as a coming-of-age story with themes of identity, faith-based struggles and conflicted sexuality, this performance […]

★★ Smack That

Harry Bignell reviews Smack That at the Ovalhouse Theatre. Taking a harrowing personal experience and turning it into a performance designed to spread a message, offer solidarity and give voice to an often silenced demographic is incredibly admirable; for this I have the utmost respect for the all-female […]

★★★ True West

Harry Bignell reviews True West at Vaudeville Theatre. My initial thought upon taking my seat at the Vaudeville Theatre is how the clever use of set wall angles sucks the audience into the pokey front room of the house in Southern Carolina where Sam Shepard’s True West plays […]

★★★★ Ruffian Diamonds

Simon Ward reviews The Ruffian On The Stair at The Hope Theatre Joe Orton’s plays call for excellence in production and playing to match the brilliance and heightened language of his writing. Fortunately, everything in this show at the Hope, from the top-notch cast (Lucy Benjamin, Gary Webster […]