Kill Climate Deniers

How many climate sceptics does it take to change a lightbulb? None. It’s more cost-effective to live in the dark. For a group of activists in David Finnigan’s play, however, the solution is a little more drastic. When Environment Minister Gwen Malkin fails to explain the process of geoengineering the government are proposing to employ […]

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All My Sons

Belief looms large in Arthur Miller’s work; whether it’s finding a cause (The American Clock) or a question of religion (The Crucible), it’s surprising how much it crops up. In All My Sons it’s Kate Keller’s unflinching faith that her eldest son Larry, who has been missing (presumed dead) for three years, is in fact still alive […]

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Salomé

“Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you.” The final production in this year’s Lazarus Theatre Company residency at Greenwich Theatre (following on from The Tempest and Lord of the Flies) is a new version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Based on the biblical story of Herod, his new wife (and former sister-in-law) Herodias, Jokanaan (John the Baptist), […]

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Summer Street

Where can a small group of people be victims of a deadly plague, a tsunami, a poisonous spider bite, or an earthquake? That’s right, an Aussie soap! In this case, the fictional musical soap opera Summer Street. The show was a big hit in the 90s, finally bowing out when all bar one of its characters […]

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One Hundred Trillion

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey One Hundred Trillion is a series of four short plays, developed by The Dot Collective and inspired by workshops for those living with dementia. Explained in the bar beforehand – by our guide, a man with a cane and only a slightly crazed look in his eye – is the ethos […]

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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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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

“The game is afoot!” Blackeyed Theatre are back on tour with another adaptation of a classic work of literature – this time writer & director Nick Lane has turned to Arthur Conan Doyle, tackling Sherlock Holmes’ The Sign of Four. This is the second full novel featuring the famous detective, following on from A Study […]

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The Happy Prince

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Prior to the showcase performance of a new musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince, the show’s composer Hal Cazalet ended his introduction with this quote from Wilde himself. And it’s so true. The tiniest nice gesture often comes from an instinctive […]

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The Hired Man

Melvyn Bragg’s The Hired Man was introduced to the world as the first part of a trilogy of novels (preceding A Place in England and Kingdom Come); set in his native Cumbria, it was first published 50 years ago. In 1984 – 15 years after the novel’s publication – Bragg adapted it for the stage, with music […]

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