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Review: Responsible Other

Posted on 29 June 2013 by Imogen Sarre

Responsible Other, written and directed by Melanie Spencer and on at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, focuses on teenager Daisy as she battles with Lupus disease. A lesser known illness that predominantly attacks young people, Spencer’s play examines how its diagnosis and treatment affects her relationships. These relationships develop upon fairly predictable lines: stuck at home […]

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Review: Venus/Mars

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Imogen Sarre

Patrice Etienne’s Venus/Mars joins a stream of new plays based around the monologic form, where monologues are injected with variety, insight and humour. In these plays, spoken conversations are embellished and contradicted by inner monologues with, on occasion, one actor enacting various parts in recreating this dialogue and sometimes a pair interact. Venus/Mars, currently showing […]

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Review: Killing Romeo

Posted on 27 May 2013 by Imogen Sarre

The premise of Killing Romeo, a new piece by Jazz Martinez-Gamboa at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, has promise. The play explores the personal journeys two actors take as they grapple with the heightened emotions required for, and unleashed by, their rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet. Playing the two title roles, their personal stories are […]

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Review: The Lady From the Sea

Posted on 12 January 2013 by Imogen Sarre

The cast, distractingly poorly costumed and in a cheap set, are noticeably youthful from the off. Ibsen’s play, The Lady from the Sea, is a ponderous one, and I feel that its dramatic success relies upon a pervasive atmosphere of mystery. In it, Ellida, the second wife of Dr Wangel and stepmother to his two […]

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