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FringeReview UK 2019

A Very Expensive Poison

Prebble’s one antidote for these distracted times.


After Edward

This has to be the smartest debut from this venue since Jessica Swales’ Bluestockings: no wonder the playscripts sold out early.


Afterglow

It’s conquered both sides of the pond. We need this.


Ali and Dahlia

A phenomenally well-written first play


American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.


Amsterdam

Did I say sucker-punch? It’s what the Orange Tree do every time.


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Appropriate

A play that can only deepen with each production.


Benidorm Live

Heartwarming. It has the brash conviction of it origins, out and proud of it.


Cougar

You must see this.


Cyprus Avenue

Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry; and it all starts in surreal farce.


Downstate

A masterly, unsettling play that in this production never puts a foot wrong. And wrong-foots us all.


Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography

A fine piece, skidding along silicon into our dark


Europe

Europe’s border challenges have rarely been realized with this power.


Faith, Hope & Charity

Grounded in quiet with a huge howl


Fiver

An enchanting speed-read of our connectedness, a reminder that a fiver can change your life. Irresistible.


Fleabag

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


Ghost

You’ll know the film. Despite the volume, you should know this.


Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

For a time you feel that beyond Churchill’s world, nothing else quite seems to exist.


hello/goodbye

You must queue to see this. It’s quite wonderful.


How Love is Spelt

Absolutely recommended.


INK Festival Feast From the East

I’ve not seen a festival of short plays to compare with these.


Inside Bitch

Visceral and sometimes very very funny. Then not. Essential viewing.


I’m Not Running

Compelling dissection of what hampers the mindset of our main progressive party.


John Greening The Silence

The Crypt organisers as well as John Greening really have hit on an ideal recitation.


Little Miss Sunshine

It’s a quiet heartbreaker, with stoicism and love the only answers. Do see it.


Loving Androids

A beautifully-constructed play, small in compass, big in scope and deft at managing the transitions


Mary’s Babies

Maud Dromgoole’s proved more than adroit, skilful, and deliciously risk-taking. A must-see.


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


Pilgrims

Elinor Cook’s always worth a diversion for. This drama deserves friends and revivals.


Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s an outstanding play about sexual identity, choices, and above all what it means to transition.


Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes

Rodrigues is a dramatist we need to see far more of.


salt.

We’re offered ‘salt to heal, salt to remember… above all for your wounds.’ Take it.


seven methods of killing kylie jenner

‘What are you gonna do now…. clap?’ Yes, standing.


Shipwreck

A superb ensemble piece. Of all dramas on these interesting times in America, it’s the one truly necessary.


Stones in His Pockets

What better way to spend 105 minutes in the city?


Superhoe

A searing new talent.


Sweat

No wonder this play’s just extended its run. Don’t even read this before you try booking.


The Doctor

A triumph for all concerned. Juliet Stevenson even gains in stature. Icke’s last production could hardly go better than this.


The End of History…

A play you want to return to.


The Father

Florian Zeller's masterpiece, in a production and central performance that would do it justice anywhere.


The Full Monty

Unmissable in this – er, newly enhanced production.


The House on Cold Hill

Sleep as well as you can. The house won’t.


The Ice Cream Boys

A deeply satisfying play


The Mikvah Project

A brave and beautiful play


The Pride

Don’t wait for another West End revival see this one.


What Girls Are Made Of

Cora Bissett’s set the bar thrillingly high for a new genre. Who could follow her?


When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

This cast’s exemplary dedication deserves watching for their sheer performative belief.


White Pearl

The finest new play from the Court this year, gleaming and deadly