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Lucy Light

Sarah Milton’s latest play, Lucy Light, began life as a single scene in 2015 (the very last one, in fact), going on to receive a professional reading the following year, before its first full production at Theatre N16 in 2017. Milroyd Productions have brought a brand new version of the play to this year’s VAULT Festival, […]

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SparkPlug

“I’ve got two dads.” Playwright, actor and spoken word artist David Judge’s latest play, SparkPlug, is inspired by autobiographical events: his mother is white, his biological father is black, and the father who raised him is white. Out of loyalty to the man who stuck with him through thick and thin, Judge uses this play to tell […]

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Queen Cunt: Sacred or Profane?

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Queen Cunt: Sacred or Profane? It’s a great, intriguing title, and the strapline promises even more: to let us watch Deborah Ward and China Blue Fish leave their husbands, practice witchcraft, and destroy capitalism. Sign me up! In practice Queen Cunt is a sketch show, bouncing from the absurd to the […]

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A Hundred Words for Snow

“Love is life’s snow.” This poignant quote from Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen comes right near the end of Tatty Hennessy’s one-woman show, tying the strands of the story together absolutely perfectly. Following acclaimed runs at the VAULT Festival and Arcola Theatre, A Hundred Words for Snow has been out on a UK tour, which finishes this […]

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Feed

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Feed follows the heavily intertwined stories of a Palestinian woman; her social justice warrior, journalist partner; an obsessed hacker troll; and a YouTube makeup guru looking for a cause. It sounds like an unlikely cast of characters, but they end up whirling tightly around each other, following the ability of the […]

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Pufferfish

At first glance, a gay serial killer (who also committed cannibalism and necrophilia) isn’t the most obvious choice for the subject of a 60-minute play. It’s something that should ideally have a degree of sensitivity to it, so as not to sensationalise their actions or make some sort of anti-hero out of them – instead […]

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Check-in/Check-out

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Check-in/Check-out begins with six people sitting in a loose semi-circle. One of them stands up: “Hi, my name is Christopher, and I’m an alcoholic”. After a little light prompting, we progress around the circle, and after every admission, echo back the traditional second line: “Hi (name inserted)!”. The play progresses in […]

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good dog

Back in spring 2017, Arinzé Kene’s one-man show good dog made its debut. Inspired by the Tottenham riots back in 2011 (following the police shooting of Mark Duggan), it takes a forensic look at the dynamics of a community, as well as the motivations and dreams of the individuals within it. The play has been brought back […]

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Waitress

Based on the 2007 film of the same name by Adrienne Shelly, the musical adaptation of Waitress made its Broadway debut back in 2016 and has now made the leap across the pond to London’s West End, setting up shop at the Adelphi Theatre. Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is responsible for the music & lyrics and […]

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