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FringeReview UK 2019

After Edward

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


Ali and Dahlia

A phenomenally well-written first play


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Benidorm Live

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


Berberian Sound Studio

Thoroughly absorbing, full of walking shadows who throw vivid questions.


Club Tropicana The Musical

They deliver, in Costa Blanca spades.


Cougar

You must see this.


Cyprus Avenue

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


Dismantle This Room

Dismantle this space? Yes. This theatre at least can take it.


Downstate

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


hello/goodbye

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


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.


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.


Miss Julie

It’s unlikely we’ll get a cleaner version, or a more absorbing production any time soon


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


Out of Water

Anything Zoe Cooper writes now must be keenly anticipated.


Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Rotterdam

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


salt.

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


Shipwreck

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


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


Superhoe

A searing new talent.


Sweat

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


Tartuffe

Prepare to be Tartuffed.


The Decorative Potential of Blazing Factories

A daft sublimity in its downright seriousness


The Glass Piano

A bewitching mix of deconstructive magic and fabulous therapy, it’s above all Grace Molony who brushes distinction into this already distinctive production.


The House on Cold Hill

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


The Seven Ages of Mam

13.10 is a good lunchtime to watch a Mam’s legend in.


Three Sisters

This absorbing production keeps growing in the mind, like to take root.


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