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FringeReview UK 2022

All Of Us

As Ken Tynan once said of another debut, I don’t think I could love someone who doesn’t love this play.


Cancelling Socrates

Howard Brenton touching eighty is at the height of his powers. Tom Littler has assembled a pitch-perfect cast, reuniting two from his outstanding All’s Well. This too.


Cluedo

An object lesson in comic timing; a steep cut above the ‘real’ whodunnits we’re likely to see this year or next.


Duck

An impressively finished play. Do see it.


For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy

Turns the bleakness of six young men into a celebration of – for now – coming through


House of Shades

There’ll be nothing more blazing or relevant on the London stage this year.


Marys Seacole

No simple swapping of heirs and originals, but a dream of the future by Seacole, or equally present dreams raking the past. Do see this.


Middle

Judging by the audience, its bleakness tells. Middle bears its own epiphany.


Patriots

Putin’s our monster too. A must-see.


Prima Facie

if Comer doesn’t receive awards for this there’s no justice at all.


Shake the City

A real play bursting out of its hour-plus length; with complex interaction, uncertain journeys, each character developing a crisis of isolation only resolved by sisterhood


Storming!

Stands alone, a wholly original twist to a growing alarm-bell of ethics.


Straight Line Crazy

Danny Webb gives the performance of his life. Ralph Fiennes is coiled majesty. Two-and-a-half hours of such material have rarely been so thrilling.


That Is Not Who I Am

Lucy Kirkwood prophesies what’s in store with savage fury, and no-one’s exempt, least of all her.


The 47th

A must-see.


The Anarchist

A firecracker of a first play. Expect Molotovs.


The Father and the Assassin

There’s no finer dramatisation of India’s internal conflicts. Shubham Saraf’s Gandhi-killer Godse stands out in this thrilling ensemble and storms it too.


The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Such exquisite works find their time; speak to it again and again and again.


The Paradis Files

Not so much an event as a concentration of Errollyn Wallen’s genius celebrating the life of blind composer Maria Theresia van Paradis, in Graeae’s world-class production


The Poison Belt

So what could a Sussex-based sci-fi tale of 1913 by Conan Doyle – a space-borne poison belt of gas that hits the earth – possibly have to do with the week of the greatest temperatures known in the UK?


The Southbury Child

Perfectly freighted; each character pitched with just enough choice to make us wonder what life, not Stephen Beresford will do with them. Outstanding.


Turpin

Catch this sharp-witted, reflective, ever-swirling drama from a master storyteller.


two Palestinians go dogging

Packs a mighty question that can still knock you off balance.