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FringeReview UK 2022

A Doll’s House Part 2

The best Part 2 we can imagine.


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.


Duck

An impressively finished play. Do see it.


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.


Orlando

A gem of a production, Taylor McClaine a soaring talent to watch.


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


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 Anarchist

A firecracker of a first play. Expect Molotovs.


The Dance of Death

Highlights the truth of its bleak laughter. Humane Strindberg. Now there’s a thing.


The Lesson

Groundbreaking, superb, unmissable.


The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

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


The Misfortune of the English

Pamela Carter’s schoolboys embody human connectedness, warmth, a final camaraderie before the chill of history. Unmissable.


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?


Two Billion Beats

Two Billion Beats was bursting with promise before. Now it delivers with a visceral yes.


When We Dead Awaken

Ibsen’s elusive masterpiece is so rarely performed seeing it is an imperative. Played with such authority as here, in Norwegian and English, it’s not a luxury but a must-see.