★★ Falling out of Love with Lucy

Paul Caira reviews I Loved Lucy at London Arts Theatre ‘Ah, who the hell remembers anyway?’ says Lucille Ball at one point early in this play. I must admit the same thought had already been occurring to me. Frankly, I’m not in the first flush of youth, and […]

★★ An Absence of Passion

Simon Ward reviews The Passion of the Playboy Riots at the Hen & Chickens Passion; playboy; riots.  Probably best to put all these out of your mind.  This is a cerebral meditation on many themes, perhaps more than can be accommodated in its scant 50 minute duration. A three-hander […]

★★★ Ambitious Political Drama

Abigail Bryant reviews Landmines at OvalHouse In today’s political climate, it is difficult to view a play such as Landmines completely objectively, and Phil Davies’ new play provokes and stimulates ideas and emotions that are the forefront of both the media and personal mind-sets. The BRIT Theatre Company […]

★★★★ An Intimate Duet

Charles Blake reviews Kiss Me at Trafalgar Studios After his international hit One Man Two Guvnors, this perhaps isn’t the play one would expect from writer Richard Bean. Set in 1920s London, Kiss Me may be amusing, but it is certainly not a comedy. Rather, it is intimate […]

★★★★ Beautifully Cynical

Toby Moran Mylett reviews The Pseudo Project The Young Pretenders Theatre Company performed ‘The Pseudo Project’ at the Radiant Gallery, Plymouth, 26th& 27th May 2017. TYP’s ‘The Pseudo Project’ feels decidedly Orwellian: an impressively devised piece telling the story of a dystopian future in which humans are forced to […]

★★★★ Bitingly Funny in Bradford

Simon Ward reviews Combustion at the Arcola Theatre If presented with the premise of a four-hander play set in a Bradford garage, one might demur.  Adding in an English Defence League thug would scarcely make it seem more palatable.  Yet Combustion explodes such expectations.  It is a triumph: […]

★★★★ Snappy and Sincere

Abigail Bryant reviews Snapshot at the Hope Theatre Snapshot, written by George Johnston and directed by James McAndrew, is 75 minutes of incredibly immersive and captivating drama, exploring the complex relations between three twenty-somethings living in modern-day London. With non-linear chronology and snappy scene changes, the audience has […]