Review: Men Talking

The end, as it inevitably must be, is a way of recollecting emotion with emotion. An inspiring act of witness, before others, and beyond ourselves.

Review: Yippee Ki Yay

Die Hard re-telling, blended with Richard Marsh’s journey into fatherhood : Welcome to the party !

Review: Sectioned

A raw and poetic journey through the experience of being sectioned

Review: Under Milk Wood

This is an exciting production, outdoors and adding a new dimension to our experience. Pace was a little slow in the first act, where the voices don’t pick each other up, and drop a fraction. But this gear-changes and the second act is energy itself, as the day wanes the actors energise and the whole spirit and voicing ups a notch too. It’s beautifully landed. Very warmly recommended.

Review: all of it

Still the most sheerly thrilling yet intimate piece MacDowall has written, though all three pieces amplify that. A miniature classic of snatched meaning its staging too flashes by with shocking brevity. In all it lasts just 90 minutes. Catch it.

Review: Frogmore Poets at 40

If treating of some poets more fully than others, it reflects on what sticks in the aural memory without notes. It was however a memorable evening; the poets themselves will remain present, now their presence at least remains indelible.

Review: Greenfinch

Pete Strong maps his life through walks in nature in a poetic exploration of how we lift ourselves up and move on

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enough questions with the child, cruelty and othering, to raise questions that don’t dissolve in a dream. Yet there’s light enough to resolve this too. A warmth between the lovers somehow drags us out from the mask of branches Terry revealingly doffs at the end. Absorbing and a must-see.

Review: Anna & Marina

Dovetailing invention and quotation triumphs. It’s a narrative of thrust and weave as well as tone. Overall it's terrific: one of Richard Crane’s very best works. If you care for gripping drama, can be drawn by hypnotic verse and superb acting, haste over to this unique hour.

Review: Mad(e)

A mind-altering experience, and in writer and director one of the most inspiring partnerships I’ve seen

Review: Paradise

A sleeping classic in the making

Review: Richard II

One of OFS’s strongest productions, it’s also a return to roots.

Review: Sweet William

Naturally enriched by living with Shakespeare Michael Pennington unearths local habitations and names for him.

Review: Troy Story

Again the most educative stand-up and a thrilling presentation. Oh and bloody funny on war, male sexuality and the Bechdel Test.

Review: and breathe…

Yomi Sode’s hybrid theatre is a compelling immersion of witness and poetry: we need more of it.

Review: Romantics

As ever consummate, fine performances, and probing memorably into women Romantic poets

Review: The Mahabharata

A dramatic sense of arrival the way the Odyssey here ended: a clash of even vaster ferocity, keening, treachery, humour, mischievousness, sacrifice and grief, joy and the agency of women.

Review: Metaphysicals

A cross between cheerfully-spun recital and quicksilver treasury

Review: Living Newspaper #5

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch.

Review: New Moon Monologues March

Don’t be lulled by the friendly colours and fluffy fonts. Queen of Cups is absolutely a company to watch, and its showcase productions are literally unmissable

Review: Blood Wedding

In several ways, this is about as good as it gets.

Review: Sullied

“A brave, empowering and explosive blend of dance and spoken word…”

Review: Ane City

A poetic tale of drugs, alcohol, and adolescent angst in Dundee, Scotland

Review: #Hypocrisy

A Poetic, Personal Reflection on White Privilege, Terrorism and Instagram Activism

Review: Like Orpheus

Queer club culture and surreal movement are married in this rave ridden soliloquy of love in the margins

Review: Poet in da Corner

Exemplary, thrilling, adrenalin-shot and shout-worthy. There has to be a part two, and it ought to be soon.

Review: Square Rounds

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

Review: Enough

A violent attack on the social norms which drive self-harm in its many and varied forms.

Review: Elise

A Fascinating Portrayal of the Lost Women of the Beatnik Era

Review: Rear View

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

Review: East

Sizzling standout revival of Berkoff's first play, revived.

Review: Boudica

Do see this, a magnificent and largely successful attempt to revive History plays, with an energy and on occasion subtlety that with justice should bring us more large-scale Tristan Bernays.

Review: Wondr

Snappy writing and brilliant solo performance on the theme of digital technology

Review: Frankie Vah

Moving, fast paced and riveting - a cautionary tale of pride and fall.

Review: Salomé

Here’s a great divider of critical heads. Yael Farber who made a great impact last year directing Lorraine Hanbury’s Les Blancs returns with her own Salomé at the Olivier. Anyone who saw the Hanbury will recognize the ritualistic use Farber makes of the Olivier, though Susan Hilferty’s set is stripped for swoops of spectacle.

Review: Sand in the Sandwiches

Sand in the Sandwiches is a haunting study, given stature by Edward Fox’s conjuration of an erotically disturbed gentility mocking itself. It reminds us, now Betjeman’s faded from aural as well as visual memory, what he was, what he might yet become.

Review: Babette’s Feast

Maxwell’s script of Babette's Feast helps conjure Buckhurst’s cast into conjurers. They’re both dream-inducing and hyper-alert, their timing and balletic movements spellbinding and unforgettable. It’s one of the finest recent productions from a theatre raising the most consistent magic in London.

Review: Raising Lazarus

A thought provoking and original show that is both funny and hard hitting

Review: Blood Wedding

There’s no swift way to convey duende, the spirit of flamenco, passion and tragedy so unrelentingly – and there’s not a hint of comedy here, no shading to hide in. This hugely challenging drama stamps out its soul in this courageous, literally no-prisoners production.

Review: Comus

Spectacle costumes and use of machinery are outstanding, even by Wanamaker standards. Granted there’s a lower dramatic threshold in Comus, it doesn’t mask as it were the fact that this is the most outstanding production of Comus we’ll ever see.

Review: The Magnetic Diaries

An intelligent and challenging poetic narrative exploring modern day female depression.

Review: The Marlowe Papers

A diamond in Shakespeare’s or Marlowe’s ruff? Ros Barber’s novel adapted for the stage, starring vaulting Jamie Martin.

Review: The Big Stiffy

Absurd and off-the-wall, this surreal funeral party is a bizarre experiment that really does pay off

Review: Loud Poets

Bold, loud, passionate and engaging – poetry for the masses with a wonderful energy

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: Alexis Dubus: Cars And Girls

At a crossroads in your life? Take directions from this man ..

Review: Riverrun

A beautiful and thoroughly impenetrable performance

Review: ¡OLÉ!

Federico Garcia Lorca: poet, romantic, believer. Salvador Dalí: painter, modernist, scientist.

Review: Dirty Great Love Story

A light hearted piece of highly entertaining performance poetry

Review: Gilli Bloodaxe and Friends

An evening of musically accompanied performance poetry.

Review: Love in the Key of Britpop

If music be the food of love then let Britannia rule!

Review: The Musicians of Edinburgh

A witty, satirical and entertaining look at modern Edinburgh.

Review: Death Boogie

A politically relevant graphic novel comes to life via hop-hop, poetry, beat-boxing and live music.

Review: Luna’s History of Madness

A one woman history of sadness, sugar addiction, and....swishing...

Review: Tim Key – Masteralut

"funnier in more ways than anyone at the Fringe"

Review: Dry Ice

A raw talent with huge potential

Review: Cow Piece/Cheap Lecture

Mind-bending – or mind-numbing? – meditation on the boundaries between music and dance

Review: The Departure

A competent ode to Neruda’s exposition of falling in and out of love.

Review: Animal Alphaboat

Guaranteed Amusing Poetry and Song for children and Adults

Review: The Princess’ Blanket

A pleasant way to wile away an afternoon

Review: Homo Asbo

Come out, Come out wherever you are...