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★★★★ 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 […]

★★ A Christmas Miss

Simon Ward reviews The Crumple Zone at The King’s Head Theatre Perhaps more often than we care to admit, we find ourselves frustrated in the theatre.  There are tantalising glimpses of what might have been, of the author’s intentions, of a good idea not quite realised.  We feel […]

★★★★ Stop Making Sense

Simon Ward reviews The Sensemaker at The Cockpit Theatre Voilà Europe! is a festival of theatre which celebrates Europe’s multicultural and multilingual diversity of drama, dance, music and more. It is running at multiple venues across London until 18th November, and on the evidence of tonight’s performance, it […]

★★★★ A Class Act by Jacob Hawley

Emily Pritchard reviews Jacob Hawley’s Howl at the Edinburgh Fringe At the Edinburgh Fringe, which can often seem a middle class bubble, Jacob Hawley’s exploration of the complexities of being working class is a much-needed addition to the comedy line up. He finds humour here without “punching down” […]

★★★★ Stories from the Sea

Anna Hadley reviews Eric’s Tales of the Sea – A Submariner’s Yarn What does one need to tick off their 2018 Edinburgh Fringe? An hour of story-telling & comedy from an ex-Submariner? Yes. Eric, adorned in a sensible fisherman’s jumper, takes us through his life and adventures living […]

★★★★ 20 Years of Laughs

Anna Hadley reviews Reginald D Hunter:An American Facing the Beast and N****s at the Edinburgh Fringe Twenty years later, and Reginald D. Hunter is now an old hand at the Fringe. Although some of the jokes seem a little tired, for the most part he’s still got it. […]

★★★★ Laughing at Depression

Jasper Cunningham-Ward reviews Laura Lexx: Trying at Edinburgh Fringe Laura Lexx speaks from her own experience as she explores depression and anxiety. Her show is unabashedly upfront about sensitive issues like antidepressants, helping break the stigma. Laura explains how trying for a baby left her depressed and opens […]