Category: 1/2 Stars

★★ Underwhelming Immersion

Simon Ward reviews Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience at Theatre Royal Drury Lane For one night only, as a festive treat, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane gives the cast of Frozen a night off and is taken over by what is billed as a ground-breaking version of Handel’s […]

★★ Not The Happiest Day

Simon Ward reviews The Wedding Speech at The Hope Theatre The Wedding Speech is a one-woman play written by Cheryl May Coward-Walker and performed with passionate intensity by Princess Donnough as Rosemary. She is the grown-up daughter who has volunteered to make a speech at her mother’s wedding, […]

★★ 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 […]

★★ Bogged-Down Comedy

Charlotte Pegram reviews Kat Bond: Loo Roll at the Pleasance, Edinburgh. In this show Kat plays Pat, a woman abandoned by her family and left in a rubbish bin. Pat is undeniably an unusual comedy character, she is desperate to be loved and yet lacks the social skills […]

★★ An Over-Indulgent Double Bill

Abigail Bryant reviews Odd Man Out at The Hope Theatre Odd Man Out comprises of two stories, each performed individually, and each exploring one man’s venture into a society which doesn’t deem him in line with what is culturally normal. Although the two tales hold no relation to […]

★★ 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 […]