Review: The Beautiful Future is Coming

Beautiful Future engages throughout though the near future is where it beats quickest. Flora Wilson Brown’s play makes you wonder what life, not just the playwright, might do with her characters. Urgently recommended.


Review: Purgatorio

Groundhog Day - Saying goodbye to old memories, whilst finding new ones. A beautiful physical representation on our ability to accept who we truly are! Get down to Club Purgatorio!


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: CREEKSHOW

An evocative and touching personal take on a hidden corner of London’s waterways.


Review: BUTCHERED

The physicality of Ez Holland and Nic Lawton has to be seen to be believed.


Review: Lovefool

Though it might be red-topped as a Fleabag for the abused, it’s so much more excoriating. It’s also a work profoundly moving, necessary and – particularly for Gintare Parulyte - an act of courage. Lovefool’s on till May 26th; do rush to this 55-minute must-see.


Review: Manic

A new solo show that combines puppetry, spoken word and theatre to bring an honest look at sex and trauma to Brighton Fringe 2023


Review: Not One of These People

Worth 95 minutes of anyone’s time, you come out heavier with the weight of where you’ve been.


Review: Caligari

a 1920's silent film about power and illusion retold by a talented young company of musician/actors


Review: Ghislaine/Gabler

A spell binding multi layered exploration of privilege, entitlement, and the desire to control…


Review: Seance

A short but extremely satisfying diversion


Review: Astra

There’s nothing remotely like it and Foyle’s team have broken through to the stars.


Review: The Wrong Planet

There’s a great act struggling out of this blissfully baggy monster.


Review: So…

Brand new show by performance makers Jon Haynes and David Woods


Review: Because I Can

A challenging exploration of losing power and relevance as we age.


Review: How It Is Part 2

Immersive, outstanding, unrepeatable and unimaginable anywhere else


Review: Distance Remaining

A quirky film, beautifully acted about three separate lives.


Review: The Dream Train

Contemplative and beautiful to watch, 4 characters interact in juxtaposed realities underscored by Bach's Goldberg Variations


Review: The Sensemaker

An astonishing, disturbing shapeshifting sliver of genius.


Review: A Separate Peace

Stoppard looks at society’s phantom limb ethic. Even when it’s gone it aches, and it aches to have someone opting out.


Review: Far Away

Our greatest playwright since Beckett and Pinter. An outstanding revival. Hesitating?


Review: {BLANK}

Compelling and bleakly miraculous


Review: Timandra Harkness: Take a Risk

Timandra Harkness is an intelligent and interesting performer, calmly steering us through a show exploring the concept of risk taking, that didn't need to work hard to keep our attention.


Review: The Voices We Hear

A moving and intimate exploration of life and connection after an apocalypse in a unique zero waste venue


Review: May I Speak About Dance?

“A playfully contemplative lecture performance, posing challenging questions about the language of contemporary dance.”


Review: Flight

A lyrically told story of child refugees


Review: Loving Androids

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


Review: Inside Bitch

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


Review: Shipwreck

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


Review: Hole

Wow drama, the original Greek tragoidia. It invokes the same powers, almost the same gods.


Review: Billy

Billy is a listicle advert for useless misogyny, a constructivist nightmare, an IKEA bookcase and a durational comedy. GET IT? Good!


Review: Square Rounds

Proud Haddock have delivered their own stamp on Harrison’s verse-play, and it’s mostly thrilling


Review: Blaas (Blow)

Tender, otherworldly, explorative and extraordinary, this is an exquisite show that is more than worth the trip out of town.


Review: Rear View

Where live street theatre and guerrilla film-making mesh in perfect harmony.


Review: For King and Country

Terrific immersive fun. If you want to know what might have happened in an alternative December 1940, this is as exciting, informative and perhaps as authentic experience as you could encounter.


Review: Grimly Handsome

If you want theatre to change your life a little and wonder where our DNA and urges trek to, you could do infinitely worse than shiver here.


Review: Minefield

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: In Memory of Leaves

On a moored barge Natasha Langridge re-enacts her own In Memory of Leaves updated from a run last year to include this year’s tumultuous events. This is a fine, necessary work inevitably in progress. Let it settle in the water a bit more, and glitter.


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.


Review: The Majority

If Rob Drummond’s /Bullet Catch/ charmed and alarmed at NT’s The Shed and Brighton Festival in 2013, here Drummond starts his odyssey of political immersion in a prison cell; for throwing a punch at a neo-Nazi. Opening three days after the Charlottesville murder, the timing’s eerily prescient and more charged than even Drummond might have imagined.


Review: Anatomy of a Suicide

Is there a suicide gene? Alice Birch’s simultaneous triptych of three generations of women traumatised and depressed is so formally novel that its psychological heft gets subsumed in the sheer force of three narratives jarring for our attention. You must see this play; its dark releases a shaft of terrible light.


Review: The Brexorcist

A darkly satirical exploration of the events which surround us


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: 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: Bildraum

The fall of civilisation and a celebration of nature


Review: 4D Cinema

A historical and technological exploration of Marlene Dietrich, autobiography and live performance.


Review: Cuncrete

The patriarchy of macho architecture gets a pasting


Review: In Fidelity

A fascinating look at love, cheating, and relationships with a live onstage date between audience members


Review: Here All Night

Sam’s all night shiner, Beckett’s Wake and Cabaret. Haunting, funny, unmissable.


Review: Dancing in the Dark

Inspired off-centre situationist drama from acclaimed Wired Theatre about family, grief and sexual identities.


Review: Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial

Jack Duffel's new play mixes extreme naturalism with verse in a play creatively probing death and displacement in the family


Review: Insomnia

Superbly conceived speculative gambit by ZLS Theatre. Prepare to be immersed.


Review: The Bula Loop

A searing but warm-hearted examination of autism in the family.


Review: Theatre Show

Intriguing - a brilliantly deconstructed piece of comedic theatre!