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Review: What the Women Did, Southwark Playhouse

Posted on 26 January 2014 by Jessica Edwards

What the Women Did opens charmingly, nostalgically, with the cast grouped around the piano singing classic great wartime songs together. It sets the tone admirably for the evening – community, communality, warmth and a sprinkling of sentiment. The trilogy is part of Two’s Company’s ‘Forgotten Voices from the Great War’ season, revived at the Southwark […]

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Review: Children of Fate, The Bussey Building

Posted on 01 November 2013 by Jessica Edwards

Children of Fate opens with a sense of anticipation. A man huddled next to the remains of a fire in an oil drum, while a body stirs and whimpers under a pile of rags beside him. For an uncomfortably long time, director Robert Shaw has his actors hold this tension, requiring us to wait for […]

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Review: The Engineer’s Thumb

Posted on 25 March 2013 by Jessica Edwards

Dotted Line Theatre’s The Engineer’s Thumb appears as part of the Firsts Festival, a season of puppetry premiers by emerging companies. It is produced by, and takes place at, Little Angel Theatre, and follows on from the company’s INCUBATE and HATCH programmes. As the moniker suggests, this is very much a season of new work. The […]

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Review: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Posted on 12 January 2013 by Jessica Edwards

Fiona Shaw performing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: arguably, two national treasures sharing the stage at the Old Vic Tunnels. Having seen Shaw’s delicious performance of The Waste Land (if you haven’t seen it you can watch an excerpt here), I was prepared to be impressed. I wasn’t disappointed. Under the direction of Phyllida Lloyd, […]

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