Review: Oh What a Lovely War
Musically directed by Ellie Verkerk the six-strong cast play instruments throughout. They’re a phenomenal team, singing beautifully a capella or in solo. With six young actors mostly fresh out of drama school absolutely at the top of their first game, we’re treated to acting both hungry to prove and yet touched by the world they’ve entered. This is an outstanding production.
Compelling physical theatre about the disappeared in Latin America
Review: AFTER ALL
Weinachter is an interchangeable chameleon: not just a dancer, but a rare performer who can do it all! Her style and execution of ideas paints a beautiful memory of her idiosyncratic talents in exploring the beginning and end of life. Stunningly poignant.
Review: SHOOT THE CAMERAMAN
Enthralling. Poignant. Unforgettable. Two cameras. One couple. A beautiful dance between the private and public world of this turbulent couple. Not to be missed!
Review: Bill’s 44th
Relatable. Joyous. Everyone needs a Bill in their life!
Review: Extreme: The New Norm
A fantastic series of interconnected scenes all about the world’s favourite pandemic.
Well timed energetic action with well designed sets, sound and lighting.
Review: Walking Home
A decently imagined production of a serious topic that hints strongly at the work remaining to be identified, never mind done.
Review: Happier Daze
The struggle to cope with the trials and tribulations of young adult life.
Review: Flame Up!
A storytelling feast of improvised tales oft told now given a stage.
Where's Lulu? Tricks and treats - A great combination of mime and acrobatics!
Brilliantly bonkers - a visual ‘mise-en-scène!’
Review: Django in Pain
Poignant, charming and meaningful play that is imaginative and vibrant in vision and message.
Review: Jews. In Their Own Words.
It’s Jonathan Freedland’s and Tracy-Ann Oberman’s brilliance to bring off-kilter, casual devastation to the stage; in raw unsettlings that for many keep the suitcase packed.
Review: The Endling
Curious for the curious, entertaining, enlightening, witty, humorous and thought provoking.
Review: Done to Death, By Jove!
Traditional fare of the English murder mystery served wrapped in a conundrum of a puzzle with Marple, Poirot, Holmes and a far from elementary theatrical solution
"Brimming with ideas, full-blooded and full throated performance, Candide is presented successfully in a way only Babolin theatre can achieve."
Review: Wild Onion
Cabaret with onions - a match made in heaven!
Review: Little Wimmin
An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women by all-female performance art collective Figs in Wigs
Bravura storytelling about fantasy and family from the perspective of a homeless man in Ireland
Review: Sweating the Small Stuff
An episodic call to concentrate on the big stuff rather than the wee things which hits more than it misses.
Review: We Came To Dance
A truly immersive experience where you dance to the rhythms of another world in a class that should make you spin.
A fascinating drama around students stuck in one house that is, indeed, a bit mad.
Review: Nine Lessons and Carols
The Almeida’s another country. They do shows differently there. A bold communing of theatre stories with the fresh poignancy of what’s happened during 2020
Compelling devised theatre - creative, dynamic and humourous!
Review: The Affair
A lovelorn lothario with ants in his pants meets his match in a knockabout clown play
Dramatic, moving, impactful physical storytelling
Review: The Voices We Hear
A moving and intimate exploration of life and connection after an apocalypse in a unique zero waste venue
Exquisite movement and physical storytelling
Review: Gilgamesh and Me
A breathtaking ensemble physical piece full of inventiveness and heart
Review: Inside Bitch
Visceral and sometimes very very funny. Then not. Essential viewing.
Review: Baby Face
An uncomfortable night facing uncomfortable truths with comfort coming when you have the decency to condemn the truly indecent
Thought provoking, physical storytelling, dramatic with creative humour!
Review: Still No Idea
Laughter’s the best start to killing ignorance. See it.
A brilliant and brutal portrayal of the inequity and generational desperation of the Benefits Class
Review: (Even) Hotter
A hilarious expose of what is hot, in your body, for your body and with other bodies.
Review: The Way Out
An acoustic dystopian fantasy where the question becomes – is it right to unplug?
Innovative devised expose of the refugee crisis from young voices creatively telling age old tales
Fun, inclusive and feminist
Review: Girl World
A devised exploration of what being a girl means and how to transition to womanhood.
A powerful ode to friendship relationships, and the spaces between.
Creative, innovative, well-performed and directed, a complete show that entertains and informs!
A joyous celebration of relationships in all their glorious messiness
An inventive investigation of the unseen darkness behind the facade.
Review: I’ll Have What She’s Having
A hilarious run through womanhoodwinked in the 21st Century straight from two women who know from either side of the picketed fence.
Review: Casting Off
Three generations of women 'Cast Off' all stereotypes of what they can, should and be able to do.
Review: Notes From the Field
What makes this harrowing selection work is how Smith varies, gradates and paces her interviews; and builds a climax. It renders the experience a memorial; it’s what such artistry’s for. You will experience nothing like this and leave reeling.
Review: About A Revolution
A century after the Russian Revolution - where is Revolution today?
Review: The Prudes
Neilson’s piece twists an unexpected root out of recent debates over power and sexual abuse the Royal Court has addressed so consistently. Uniquely Neilson’s made the faintly horrible full-on hilarious.
Minefield is for its unique and singularly consummate exploration of its themes, outstanding, in a class apart from any show you’ll see, perhaps even of Arias. Her work must be acknowledged here now.
Review: Old Boy
Entrancing, delightful and honest portrayal of manly relationships and their value in a world where cynicism holds sway.
Review: Thebes Land
It’s good to welcome the return of this cage. Franco-Uruguayan Sergio Blanco’s Thebes Land drops back into Arcola’s Studio 1 after its acclaimed run in 2016. It’s where this will go, what both prisoner Martin and writer T are left with, that begins to shine out of this extraordinary, ground-breaking work.
Challenging theatre that asks big questions about the current state of housing and homelessness in the UK
Review: Tinder Tales
Social Media stories well told episodically as a warning and celebration of liberation
Review: Last Resort
Intelligent and political immersive theatre
A stylish ensemble piece with a bold premise, that playfully explores the issues that face women in a very near future
The joys and agonies of being caught between childhood and adulthood at the tender age of 25 as told by 4 25 year olds.
Review: The Dreamer
A visual treat! Creative, inventive and visceral physical theatre.
"....saving you the need to go to Calais or any other refugee camp"
Fringe theatre at its best. A unique intimate experience with outstanding production values.
This devastatingly detailed play is a quiet shouter, and the more harrowing. Its terrible legacy is that with a few term-changes, it might be played in thirty, fifty years. The poor and destitute seem to be needed to calibrate, even manifest obscene wealth in their opposites. It should send people into the streets, but then it already has.
Review: Motherhood:(Un)speakable, (Un)spoken
Ninety seconds into this newly-revised one-woman play, Joanna Rosenfeld - emerging in a poke of fingers from a cagoule of brown paper - over-voices herself giving witness to tens of verbatim experiences we hear. This tells us the baby’s a parasite, sucks all your nutrients, calcium from your teeth for instance, causes injury, often permanent, can kill. This is - literally - epic interior theatre.
Review: The Shakespeare Revue
A consummate delight in this now rarest of forms; a tight song-and-dance of words. New material sizzles, inserted towards the end, the whole box of Bards from Bernard Levin’s Quoting Shakespeare to McKee’s arrangement of Shakespeare lines for a musical lights-out dances on the edge of hilarity before falling headlong into it.
A series of scenes on the issues of lost people
Review: Child’s Play
An intelligently argued, entertaining defence of a much-maligned generation
A highly recommended devised piece about an electric topical issue
Review: The Living Room
Unique and extremely compelling physical and vocal theatre!