Review: Cuckoo

A fascinating examination of the South Korean financial crisis with video, a solo performer and not one but three cuckoos.

Review: The Birth of Death

“A profoundly moving and disarmingly funny journey, looking at death and how we approach it…”

Review: Woke

A solo evocation of a community struggle that alights the energy of the nights and the unbending desire for freedom.

Review: Betrayal

A sovereign production: one of Pretty Villain’s finest.

Review: Sary

The imaginative force, language and unsettled serenity of this work demands a sustained run.

Review: Turn the Night

An innovative solo performance framed in the context of a karaoke night where underlying tensions get exposed and examined.

Review: Caliban’s Codex

a superbly realised piece, vying with Carding’s own outstanding Quintessence.

Review: History Of Ireland

“A slick combination of politically driven theatre, dance and comedy with more than a touch of the Blarney…”

Review: Black Peter

A must-see for anyone who values fine drama.

Review: No Knowing

How many ensembles can boast of an Ayckbourn first outside Scarborough?

Review: Marie

A solo piece of contemporary theatre that brings Mary Queen of Scots down to face her nemesis in a fantasy piece of comedic tragedy that is subtly dark and highly entertaining.

Review: The Tailor of Inverness

A story, a thread, a suit and intrigue, bound in a fascinating tale told with a violin and a cracking narrative; Mathew Zajac masterfully weaves and unfolds layers of the stories of his father.

Review: Achilles

A bold reimagining and interpretation of Achilles’ grief and revenge through a superior technical evening of storytelling, dance and song

Review: Much Taboo About Nothing

An innovative two hander exploring the taboo subject of abortion and its effect on two young parents with an unlikely ending.

Review: Dressed

Intrigue through choreography, voice, music and an episodic structure which appears odd and piecemeal but is drawn together in a theatrically explosive fashion

Review: Gigantic Lying Mouth

An engaging one man exploration of lying at the end of his life, helped with video, a disembodied voice and facing the harsh truth of his own (previous) existence.

Review: Baby Face

An uncomfortable night facing uncomfortable truths with comfort coming when you have the decency to condemn the truly indecent

Review: Sary

The imaginative force, language and unique serenity of this work demands another run.

Review: Sisterhood

A powerful polemic about women and witchcraft.

Review: Nests

An authentic tale of two desperadoes, met in the wrong place, at the wrong time, looking for the right solution but one out of three turns out not to be an option.

Review: Madhouse

A surreal and nostalgic tragicomedy exploring memory and mental illness

Review: South Bend

Highly articulate Scottish American crush that led to a transatlantic love affair that was crushed by the experience of following your dreams but finding a nightmare.

Review: Erewhon

A fascinating adaptation of a novel of its time, presented in a concept of its time but in a timeless fashion for a modern audience.

Review: Paradiso

Superior puppetry skills in a Carry On Care Home scenario

Review: (Even) Hotter

A hilarious expose of what is hot, in your body, for your body and with other bodies.

Review: Job-Cher

A funny drama based on what happens when a Dead Ringer Cher double act falls on hard times.

Review: The Way Out

An acoustic dystopian fantasy where the question becomes – is it right to unplug?

Review: Uninvited

Innovative devised expose of the refugee crisis from young voices creatively telling age old tales

Review: Meno Pause

A one woman’s personal exploration through the Menopause

Review: Girl World

A devised exploration of what being a girl means and how to transition to womanhood.

Review: Spaces

A powerful ode to friendship relationships, and the spaces between.

Review: Eight

Strong monologues from four actors that show their abilities to hold an audience and deliver a fine piece of writing that belies their age.

Review: Sisterhood

Three Women Convicted of Witch Craft Make Peace with Their Fates and Reveal How Little Has Changed

Review: Backup

Highly innovative climate change narrative that draws you into a dramatic movement piece which then delivers a massive knock out blow.

Review: Holy Moses

A charming retelling of the Moses story through two young people who may win the prize for show furthest travelled and certainly tell this tale with confidence.

Review: Re: Production

An exceptionally well-crafted tale of how irony and IVF melt together but cannot break true love.

Review: Lift

An original musical with promise and vitality which nearly gets it spot on.

Review: Female Transport

A tale of transport to the colonies with punishment, exploitation and solidarity at the heart of a straightforward tale, told in an intimate setting.

Review: The Leading Man

Doyen has the kernel of something excellent, disturbing and playable.

Review: A Joke

A joyful leap into the unknown. These incredible performers take you on masterclass of japery.

Review: Casting Off

Three generations of women 'Cast Off' all stereotypes of what they can, should and be able to do.

Review: Owls

A sensitive, potentially important addition to plays about distress.

Review: Starfish

What does a home mean? What's it like to lose yours?

Review: Fleabag

Original, raw, brilliantly funny and devastating. This production is Fleabag neat. Its harrowing streak of genius burns like a healing scar torn.

Review: Bon Ami

A new comedy show about friendship, digital media, social isolation and loneliness.

Review: Tits in Space

A show with a wise sweetness at its core; a brightness to cast the growing shadows out there.

Review: Gun

One-man homage to classic westerns delivered at a break-neck speed.

Review: Bus Boy

What Journeys Do We Have To Take To Appease The Beast Within?

Review: Ubu Roi

An Absurd Look At The State We're In...And What Might Happen Next

Review: White Girls

Clever but raw self-referential storytelling that will likely divide audiences

Review: Falkland

It’s a work with much to tell us: of the unlooked-for consequences of a buried war. Of elective affinities and choosing to adopt the war-bereft, whatever condition they’re in.

Review: Arr We There Yet?

A Madcap Mashup of Circus and Storytelling with a Little Tango for Extra Spice

Review: Blank Tiles

A heartrending tragic-comedy one-man show about memory, Scrabble and Alzheimer’s. 

Review: De Fuut

A profoundly disturbing updating of 'Lolita'

Review: My Father Held A Gun

"A passionate, storytelling show with live cinematic music about war and peace, acts of heroism, and the love for life."

Review: Blue Sky Thinking

Many arts-driven people forced into the corporate world might well see this play answers their condition like few others.

Review: When the Wind Blows

BLT have produced in less than two weeks two outstandingly fine full-length productions. This latest offering confirms this theatre’s confidence in producing stark contrasts: an unfashionable yet horribly topical drop of silence into a bustling city.

Review: One Woman Alien

I can predict that by the end of its run, this should be the most outstanding one-person show you’ll see in the last week.

Review: Under The Skin

An uninvited journalist knocks on the door of a Holocaust survivor, for an unexpected interview.

Review: Waiting For Curry

Susanne Crosby’s Waiting for is a four-hander with a social reckoning, and very unexpected plot point. The audience was packed. There’s a quietly sad magic to this low-key play; people recognize themselves in it. It speaks.

Review: Pigspurt’s Daughter

Guardian obituary, 2008. ‘Ken Campbell was one of the most original and unclassifiable talents in British theatre of the past half-century.’ It just happens that his daughter Daisy is both that and far more. She’s one of the most cunning crafters of comedy and storytelling in the anti-business

Review: The Looker

A show about freedom. Funny, subversive, deeply philosophical - and beautiful.

Review: The Sorrowful Tale of Sleeping Sidney

This is a gem of many colours. Do see it. The miraculous construction’s matched by Jordan’s storytelling and sense of dark mischief. In Jordan’s hands it’s a re-possession of lost innocence by a strange sleight of a knowing child.