Review | Take Care, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Take Care, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Sam McLaughlin and Zoe Templeman-Young, inspired by their first-hand experiences of being carers, have devised a stirring piece of verbatim theatre called ‘Take Care’. This seeks to share the unheard voices of those who have caring responsibilities in the UK. The production features real life stories taken from approximately 70 interview sessions, all performed by [...]

Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

'The Kite Runner' centres on Amir (David Ahmad), an Afghan-American, as he recalls a defining moment in his childhood which has shaped his life and the man he’s grown to become. The first question you’d probably like an answer to is whether the stage adaptation is any good compared to the book by Khaled Hosseini. [...]

Review | Can I Help You?, Omnibus Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Can I Help You?, Omnibus Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Can I Help You?’, by the late playwright Philip Osment, is as equally fascinating as it is strange. It is set on the edge of a cliff where a policeman, Francis (Gabriel Vick), encounters an old Ghanaian woman, Fifi (Susan Aderin). The piece explores a range of themes including childhood trauma, suicide, grief and treatment [...]

Review | V+15, Vault Festival ⋆⋆

Review | V+15, Vault Festival ⋆⋆

V+15, a new play by Nevertheless Theatre Company, has some promising elements and touches on a selection of intriguing ideas. But in its current production, the piece unfortunately didn’t feel as gripping as political dystopian thrillers ought to be. V+15 centres on Alina (Sarita Plowman) and Vincent (Gianbruno Spena). Alina is a writer and a [...]

Review | Sonder, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Sonder, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

After recent legislative change in Northern Ireland, abortion is now legal across the UK. Although there’s been a tidal shift in societal attitudes over time, having an abortion still remains a thorny conversation topic. Pro-life vs Pro-choice. Liberal vs Conservative. Regardless of how reasoned and measured you think your own views may be, you can [...]

Review | Tinted, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Tinted, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆

Tinted is a one-woman show written by Amy Bethan Evans. Our central character, Laura (Charlotte Eyres), talks through her experience of growing up with a visual impairment, touching on themes including accessibility, societal attitudes towards disability and sexual consent.  The piece, creatively directed by Elske Waite, frequently leaps through time. In some scenes, we see [...]

Review | Netflix and Chill, The Drayton Arms Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Netflix and Chill, The Drayton Arms Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

For some, Netflix and Chilling is an uncomplicated way to have someone over to yours for casual sex without the expense of going out on a date first. For others, the suggestion of it is a clear indication that the person you've been messaging on Tinder may not be the catch you hoped for. Without [...]

Review | The Canary and The Crow, The Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Canary and The Crow, The Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

New shoes on, blazer collar up and National Association of Backpacks approved backpack at the ready, it's time for school. The Bird has secured a scholarship to the prestigious private school, Patrician Boys. In this new environment, The Bird has got lots to learn about how to fit in when the posh young white boys [...]