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Jo & Sam Find Themselves in Woking post-show video and photos: Searching for millennial meaning in relationships

By |2022-04-12T10:39:57+01:0012 April 2022|

Meeting the right person and starting a new relationship is hard enough, but when you also have to do it in rhyming couplets while searching for the meaning of your life... in Woking - well, it's that much more challenging.

Bacon post-show video and photos: Balancing on the see-saw of power in a toxic relationship

By |2022-04-12T10:37:07+01:0024 March 2022|

The spark of an idea for award-winning new two-hander Bacon, now in its extended world premiere season at London's Finborough Theatre, came when playwright Sophie Swithinbank, then working as a nanny, witnessed a bullying incident between two boys in a park.

Wildcard’s Tempest post-show video and photos: Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it before

By |2022-03-24T12:13:14+00:0023 March 2022|

Wildcard Theatre promises "Shakespeare like you have never experienced it before", and they deliver in spades with this new gig-style reinvention of The Tempest in the perfect setting of the Pleasance's cabaret-configured main house.

Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon post-show video and photos: What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

By |2022-03-23T15:16:04+00:0016 February 2022|

Rosie Day's wonderful rollercoaster ride of a debut play Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon, which she also performs, ends with the by-then 16-year-old protagonist writing a letter of advice to her younger self (and younger stepsister). 

Operation Mincemeat: Oh my god, this World War II escapade actually happened?

By |2022-02-13T23:27:43+00:0013 February 2022|

I have a sneaking suspicion that we have not seen the last of this little musical gem, which is - incredibly - inspired by a real-life World War II espionage episode demonstrating British pluck and eccentricity in spades. 

Freud’s Last Session post-show video and photos: Do you believe in the existence of God?

By |2022-02-16T18:59:07+00:0026 January 2022|

Mark St Germain's play Freud's Last Session, first seen Off-Broadway in 2010 and now receiving its European premiere at London's King's Head Theatre, pits two of the 20th-century greatest thinkers, Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis, to discuss life's biggest questions, including "Does God exist?"

Dog Show video and photos: What do humans have in common with canines?

By |2022-01-26T12:38:01+00:003 December 2021|

At my last Christmas Q&A at the Pleasance Theatre, for sci-fi spoof Escape from Planet Trash way back in December 2019, Ginger Johnson shared a tantalising teaser about her idea for her next offering: "Like Cats, but Dogs".

Empty in Angel post-show video and photos: Why are unions more important than ever in the gig economy?

By |2021-12-03T17:25:36+00:0021 November 2021|

Here's the brutal truth about many of our rights: we only really have them if we have the wherewithal to fight for them when they're trampled on. That's certainly the case when it comes to employment rights.

Marlowe’s Fate post-show video and photos: Who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays?

By |2021-11-21T17:34:32+00:0012 November 2021|

More than four centuries after William Shakespeare died in 1616, aged 52 on his own birthday (23 April), questions remain about the authorship of his prodigious output - including nearly forty plays and more than 150 sonnets. 

Doing Shakespeare post-show video and photos: Would the bard recognise his plays in this Zoom-to-stage mash-up?

By |2021-11-12T12:54:17+00:007 November 2021|

As much as it was possible for anyone the arts, Northern Comedy Theatre had a very good pandemic. When all performing arts venues closed, rather than wrap up their work, they ramped up.
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