Review

SPIRAL, The Bedford, Balham - Review

Joining the growing ranks of theatre companies hosting scratch nights in London, Free Rayne Artists' Spiral is a welcome addition to southwest London. Run by Rebecca Rayne and Matthew Frener, their last sold out event, which ran at The Bedford in Balham, showcased seven short plays. Some were of an intimate, personal nature while others certainly had something to say about the world today.

Author's review: 
4

Pint Sized, Pleasance Theatre - Review

The last time the Pint Sized event took place in 28th September 2015, the plays were performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the heart of the West End. The second Pint Sized event, while having to forego a more central location, has grown exponentially by hosting the event at the main house of the Pleasance Theatre in London. On this occasion, eight short plays or excerpts were performed – all very different other and distinct from the West End selection.

Author's review: 
4

Chloe Ray - The Waiting Room EP Review

London based singer songwriter Chloe Ray released her debut EP, The Waiting Room, on January first and has been touring the UK since to promote it. Since being bought her first guitar at age 15, Chloe has developed her talent and style by playing continually at open mics around London, her favourite being The Brook in Wallington where she has been performing for the last 3 years. It was at this venue that she came to meet the exceptional musicians who would help her to create the EP as well as the man, Andy Brook, who would produce it.

Author's review: 
4

ROUNDS, New Wimbledon Studio - Review

Resuscitate Theatre's contribution to the Illuminate Festival in London couldn't be more timely. A response to the silence from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt regarding the excessive hours that junior doctors are expected to work, Rounds is a devised show that depicts the 'warts and all' existence of being a junior doctor. With direct imput and feedback from those in the profession and direction from Anna Marshall, Rounds tackles in a succinct fashion the day-to-day reality of being on a the front line of the NHS. The actors who have taken part all have Lecoq training or similar backgrounds, which manifests itself in the elegant, movement-oriented elements of the show.

Author's review: 
4

Strawberry Starburst at The Blue Elephant Theatre Review

A London girl who loves strawberry flavoured starbursts. Sounds innocent enough, but it’s not until the story starts to unfold like sweet wrappers that you realise the true message of Bram Davidovich’s play.

Author's review: 
4

Persuasion at The Rosemary Branch Review

Pacey, witty, skilful with energy to boot! Persuasion is a wonderful success that gets your Austen imagination running.

Author's review: 
4

Every Seven Years, New Wimbledon Studio - Review

Taking its name from the time all the cells in the human body are said to replenish themselves (essentially making us 'brand new people'), Every Seven Years is the brainchild of Charlotte Baker and Ben Fensome who wrote and perform the show, with direction by Scott Le Crass.

Author's review: 
4

Union Theatre presents A WORKING TITLE by Megan Jenkins: Theatre Review

An uplifting jukebox musical for disillusioned millennials.

Author's review: 
4

Review: Made Up

A novel concept, which was visually captivating, but ultimately did not deliver a believable relationship on stage.

Author's review: 
3

Words, Words, Words, Leicester Square Theatre - Review

In recent years there has been a slow but steady progression of one man/woman shows from those about dead celebrities and fictitious characters to those with a more personal emphasis.  What distinguishes Lowri Amies' play (as moving as it is) from other autobiographical shows, is the use of Shakespeare's canon to express at certain junctures in the play – what everyday prose cannot.

Author's review: 
4

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