Review: Achilles

Fusing dance, physical theatre, prose, and raw, dynamic acting Ewan Downie breathes new life into the ages old tale.


Review: Backup

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


Review: Blackpool

"...just under 60 minutes of surprise, joy, sadness and fabulous dancing punctuated by a manic cheesy grin."


Review: The Exploded Circus

A skilful and sensory mix of acrobatics, aerial feats and juggling, encapsulated in a story about finding order after chaos


Review: Fauna

A must see show for anyone fascinated by movement, music and the human body.


Review: Flashdance

It’s Joanne Clifton’s night. She lives Alex, dangerously pushing every routine with an extravagance, a hunger, sexiness and raw power that makes it one of the most memorable dance performances in a musical I’ve ever seen.


Review: The Suppliant Women

In one of the most radical productions ever mounted of Aeschylus indeed any Greek tragedy we’re literally taken to its roots: as in Greece, a community chorus of fifty, twenty-one of them the suppliant women of the play’s title. In this outstanding production, everything to resurrect this astonishing vision has been invoked.


Review: Sari

A dance and aerial journey in colour through the weave that holds a nation together.


Review: #Jesuis

A highly impressive piece of dance and physical theatre which explored our world and its response to the attacks it has suffered.


Review: La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles one might say comes home to Brighton’s Theatre Royal in this revival by Bill Kenwright Productions directed by Martin Connor. There’s no mystery why Brighton gets two weeks of this.


Review: Death City

Stunningly choreographed Korean dance where death lingers round every wrist flick.


Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream’s ideal for open air summer nights: The Brighton Shakespeare Company produces the most joyous, certainly sweetest Dream I can remember. It’s fresh, certainly but also enormously warm-hearted. You feel the ‘silver bow new-bent in heaven’ has unloosed a shower of happiness.


Review: Depart

Big, bold, beautiful, baffling.


Review: Borderline

"....saving you the need to go to Calais or any other refugee camp"


Review: Now you see it

A rich and spellbindingly disconcerting piece of physical theatre, which captures the looping, cyclical, ordered chaos of our lives.


Review: Blindfold: The Night of the Hunt

Four actors led by writer/director Sofia Stavrakaki enact what’s clearly a prison of a circus, people forced to perform a ritual of trouping for the delectation of a whip-cracking elite. A summary hardly does justice to the atmosphere this production evokes or the meta-language burning through the glares of hallucinated prey. You’ll know whether it’s for you if you like Beckett or European theatre


Review: Plan B for Utopia

With its low tech props, starkly minimal staging, and exquisite performance, Clevillé has constructed a piece that teeters between being hilarious, heart breaking, and intensely hopeful.


Review: Nuclear War

Simon Stephens has been exploring music and now dance in this piece inspired by his collaboration with choreographer Hofesh Schechter. Maureen Beattie’s intensely committed central performance is worth absorbing, the ensemble make flesh as much of Stephens’ text as could be asked. This feels like a text that needs to risk pushing through more specificity without fear of losing its suggestiveness.


Review: The End of Things

A fascinating performance, more about the spaces between than the importance of the things we treasure.


Review: Amadeus

In the most spectacular production imaginable, the antagonisms between the black-suited and marzipan fight it out in this extraordinary sumptuous and consummately musical production. Far from seeming out of place, Adam Gillen’s Young Ones-style shrilling brat with his technicolour frock-coats seems almost more attuned than Salieri to his milieu. It’s naturally the corresponding gravity this production looks to though: Lucian Msmati’s supremely crafted lead sets off the quicksilver of his rival to an unprecedented extent.


Review: Coal

An incredibly poignant homage to the working class


Review: Smother

An emotional dance performance anyone can relate to


Review: At War with Love

A poignant, deep and vibrant use of Shakespearean sonnet dressed in the context of World War One


Review: (Parentheses)

A wonderful short contemporary dance piece with bucket-loads of heart


Review: Until the Lions

A powerful and breathtaking production, featuring outstanding performances from members of the Akram Kham Company


Review: Slap & Tickle

A darkly hilarious romp exploring how society deems women 'ought to behave'.


Review: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Lee Hall’s and Vicky Featherstone‘s sell-out Edinburgh Fringe musical comes to the Theatre Royal. It more than bears out the accolades heaped on it.


Review: Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors is a must see. An exquisitely conceived, ultra contemporary blend of circus and dance, it's a wake up call, an intensely radical act.


Review: May We Go Round

Allow yourselves to be taken on an energetic, compelling, hilarious journey and witness two young talented and feisty women come into their own definitions of femininity.


Review: Follow the Faun

A forty-five minute acid trippy escapade of movement, music, lights and human connection


Review: Hitch

"Good Evening. Consider, if you will, a group of scoundrels and vagabonds who like to play with rope .."


Review: BLAM!

It's true: working 9 to 5 ain't no way to make a living. Try this instead ..


Review: Ticket to Bollywood

An explosion of enthusiastic colour illuminating a culture which entrances from your very first experience


Review: 64 Squares

Enter the brain of ‘B’, and discover some of the most exciting physical theatre on the Fringe.


Review: Smother

A dark, gritty exploration of obsession, addiction, and commitment.


Review: Big Shot

Outstanding work from TMB - again!


Review: May-we-go-round?

"Theatre and dance that hurls custard pies at convention"


Review: Exalt and 5 Tangos

Lovely double bill of fascinating contemporary dance followed by a classic dance text


Review: The Human Voice

Beautiful and disturbing


Review: Hot Cat


Review: Bottle Mail from Okinawa

Traditional Asian tale told with gusto and verve


Review: My Uncle’s Shoes

Absolutely Charming


Review: Jekyll and Hyde

An impressive modern adaptation


Review: Spin

Contemporary dance that impresses


Review: Talk to the Demon

A disarming and controversial new work by acclaimed Belgian company


Review: Sun

Folkloric. Punk. Tensile with mischief


Review: Invisible Empire

A very interesting and engaging live interrogation of conformity that had five actors claim to use movement and song to explore why we conform and why we ought to break free from convention


Review: Ours Was The Fen Country

A beautiful piece of dance theatre about a surprising subject


Review: Dance Derby

Depression-era jazz dance tragedy, co-produced by Scottish Opera.


Review: The 63rd International Choreographers’ Showcase

This was a bite size assortment of performances and an interesting introduction to dance for theatre goers interested in learning more about different forms of artistic expression.


Review: S/He is Nancy Joe

A powerful physical performance from a skilled dancer and choreographer.


Review: I See You

Very powerful dance piece that washes away naiveté with innocence


Review: 50 Acts

Hilarious take on modern nonsense!


Review: Time for Fun

We gasped at times at the clever and effective simplicity


Review: Say Something

Exciting and exhilarating immersive interactive dance and music performance


Review: The Story of Harap Alb

Beautifully woven storytelling and performing


Review: Naive Dance Mastclass

An interesting combination of clowning with contemporary dance


Review: Smashed

Contemporary dance is superseded by juggling in this tribute to Pina Bausch


Review: Wyrd…with grace

Cross-art form play with an environmentally spiritual edge


Review: I Heart Jack

An ageing cabaret singer, a young socialite, and a gigolo named Jack tell their stories through an interesting mix of mediums


Review: Back of the Bus

A Kanga Bus Tour That Kicks


Review: Parallel Memories

An agile duet exploring fractured memories.


Review: Flamenco for Kids

A great afternoon of engagement for children


Review: Colour Me Happy

A charming and inventive devised show


Review: Translunar Paradise

There is something magically uplifting about this show which will stay with you for days.


Review: Scary Gorgeous

What is gorgeous, is pretty much always scary.


Review: I Infinite

An exquisite gem of a show poised somewhere between infinity and solid ground


Review: Last Orders

Sawney Bean has well and truly been pushed over the edge.