We Will Rock You

Imagine a world where all music is processed and sounds like it’s been spat out by an X Factor reject – instrument-playing bands are non-existent, and ‘real’ music is dead. That’s the premise of Ben Elton’s jukebox musical using the songs from Queen’s back catalogue, which has recently just kicked off a lengthy UK & […]

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What’s In A Name?

If you put Paris and Peckham together, what do you get? Your immediate thoughts would probably head straight to the side of Del Boy’s three-wheeled “yellow peril” (New York-Paris-Peckham) – until now, that is… Jeremy Sams’ English translation of Le Prénom (a French staple by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière) has swapped Paris for […]

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Murder in the Cathedral

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” These words, attributed to Henry II, may not be heard in the T. S. Eliot play, but they are ultimately what lead to the Murder in the Cathedral. On 29 December 1170, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was killed by four knights who believed they were acting […]

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Friendsical

It may have been 15 years since Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Rachel last graced the screen together as TV’s Friends, but the hit US comedy has maintained its popularity – and continues to gain new fans, particularly since all 10 series of the show were added to Netflix last year. It couldn’t be a […]

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2019 mid-year update

Once again things started off steadily and sensibly, but then too much interesting sounding stuff (both in & out of London) came up and ended up taking over my diary… I may have again gone down in terms of the amount of shows I’ve seen in six months (103 different shows, 126 individual visits to theatres), but I […]

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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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