Misc. Mini-Reviews: Peaky Blinders / The Hamlet Voyage / An Intervention + Wagatha Christie preview

This might need some explanation… From the relative lack of posts over the past few months, you’ll have realised that I’ve not got back to pre-pandemic levels of commitment & motivation; I’m still going to see quite a lot of things, but I’ve been less inclined to write about them. Between the excessive heat, my […]

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Shake The City

“Equality isn’t a moment!” Shake The City tells the forgotten story of the Leeds clothworkers strike of 1970, as four women band together in their own makeshift Women’s Liberation Movement in Harehills. Equal pay is a concept that people struggle with today, so you can imagine the hostility with which these perfectly reasonable demands were […]

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Most popular posts of 2021

Unsurprisingly, in terms of hits 2021 was the worst year on record – I don’t actually remember writing as much as I did, so I’m glad that you’re still reading the minimal output I provide! And despite the lack of motivation, I still managed to complete a couple of challenge weeks. I was obviously still […]

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Bad Nights and Odd Days

The latest production on offer at Greenwich Theatre is Bad Nights and Odd Days: a collection of short plays from Caryl Churchill. It features the works Abortive, Seagulls, Three More Sleepless Nights, and Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen – the latter added following the anthology’s initial announcement. Seagulls sees Valerie facing the loss […]

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Macbeth (Lazarus Theatre)

“All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Power and glory loom large in Lazarus Theatre‘s new production of the Scottish Play, with the associated pageantry punctuating the beginning, middle & end. This particular Shakespeare play has proved very popular over recent months, its eventually tyrannical title character and the ensuing civil war clearly striking […]

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Sirens

Meet Xoe, Pia & Lou – also known as the Sirens! I’m sure you’ve all heard about the seductive, man-eating bird-women from Greek mythology, who lured sailors to their deaths with their beautiful & hypnotic singing voices, right? The original femmes fatales. But what if that was all a complete pile of bullshit? That’s right, it […]

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Flux

Inspired by the centenary of partial female suffrage in 2018, Smoking Apples set themselves the challenge of telling a woman’s story, exploring the objectification of the female form by using puppets, and working with an all-female cast. Flux is the result; a 60-minute mostly visual story about Kate, a female scientist in the male-dominated labs of the […]

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Neck or Nothing

The latest play from the minds of Fledgling Theatre Company’s Callum Cameron and Christopher Neels is Neck or Nothing – an 85-minute affair that takes the cult documentary Project Grizzly as its main inspiration, seeking to explore mental health issues in men. It first ran at the Pleasance and then at Greenwich Theatre’s studio space, supported by […]

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