Theatre

Chronic (Southwark Playhouse)

Chronic (Southwark Playhouse, seen on July 9th, 2021)

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The mental and physical impact of having a long-term illness is bad enough – but what about those who suffer chronic symptoms without being able to get a medical diagnosis?

The shocking background to Cat Bensley’s engaging one-woman musical show Chronic is that the average wait for women to get a diagnosis after reporting symptoms of an otherwise invisible illness is 7-10 years.

It’s a show that’s been in development for a while (and previously ...

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Exile (Southwark Playhouse)

Exile (Southwark Playhouse, seen on July 6th)

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A chance overlapping of lives proves to have a lasting impact on two otherwise unconnected people in Exile, produced as part of the exciting two-week SWK Fest at Southwark Playhouse, offering a different production every night.

On stage the two don’t actually meet as the 55-minute play consists of two monologues, yet ...

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The Time Machine (The London Library)

The Time Machine (The London Library, until April 5th)

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Not only do you get the chance to immerse yourselves in the dystopian fiction of H.G.Wells in Creation Theatre’s innovative new version of The Time Machine  – you also get to explore parts of the amazing London Library, which boasts around a million books on multi-levels.

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Giving Up Marty (Crescent, VAULT Festival)

Giving Up Marty (Crescent, VAULT Festival, until March 12th)

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Think of adoption and your mind may well turn to an emotion-tugging soap opera or a tear-jerking predictable TV reality show.

Writer Karen Bartholomew explores the harsher truths of the subject and its impact on everyone involved in her sharp new play “Giving Up Marty,” which suggests that seeking out long lost families does not always have a happy ending.

The focus is on adoption reunion, the moment when an adopted child meets their ...

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Guilty Pleasures (Crescent, VAULT Festival)

Guilty Pleasures (Crescent, VAULT Festival, February 18th-22nd)

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Extra scoops of ice cream, cream cake, bingeing on TV boxsets, pulling a sickie and having a duvet day and stealing toiletries from hotels all feature on the list of Britain’s top guilty pleasures.

There are probably far too many to admit to but audiences should happily put the accomplished and stunning singing group The Buzztones at the top of their list after an awesome show of musical brilliance Continue Reading →

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Sky in the Pie (OSO Arts Centre)

Sky in the Pie (OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, until February 22nd. Also at VAULT Festival March 6th-8th)

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Circus skills, puppetry and physical theatre bring celebrated author Roger McGough’s poetry to life in the wacky and inventive Sky in the Pie at OSO Arts Theatre, Barnes.

This tremendously entertaining show aims to inspire young and old to fall in love with poetry and the Feathers of Daedalus Circus company magnificently ensures that the colours of the brash and breezy presentation “quite tickle the ...

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Syndrome (Tristan Bates Theatre)

Syndrome (Tristan Bates Theatre, until February 29th)

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Thousands of British and US soldiers involved in the 1990-91 Gulf War found themselves suffering from a range of more than 50 different medical conditions when they returned home.

Medically unexplained symptoms, including chronic fatigue, indigestion, nerve and joint pain, insomnia, muscle aches, rashes, respiratory disorders, narcolepsy, memory loss and severe mental health issues, led to scientific research being carried out but with no full explanation as to the causes.

Thirty years later, as organisations and ...

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Oddball (The Gift Horse, Horse and Stables, VAULT Festival)

Oddball (The Gift Horse, Horse and Stables, VAULT Festival, until February 16th)

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A Fit-Bit with attitude and Satanic vegan mince are among the unconventional side dishes in a very funny show that seeks to strip away the stereotypes surrounding eating disorders.

Avoiding the clichés too often heaped on any discussion about or presentation of anorexia sufferers Francesca Forristal’s “Oddball” is a genuine attempt to face the facts – but also allows the audience to laugh comfortably at the all too real scenarios ...

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Flights (Omnibus Theatre)

Flights (Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, until February 29th)

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An anthem to friendship, the healing power of grief, hot-headed youth, lost lives and moving on from what snares us form the basis of the articulately written and outstandingly acted Flights, receiving its London premiere after a run in Dublin.

Sometimes you see a play that just gets you and embeds itself on the heart and mind: such is the case with John O’Donovan’s intricate and intense play that features three old friends in their ...

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Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre)

Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre, until February 22nd)

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Classic comedy drama by the mighty Noël Coward comes to Richmond Theatre prior to a West End run and it is so fresh, funny and fabulous that it is bound to leave you in high spirits.

Over nearly 80 years Blithe Spirit has proved to be endearing and enduring, resilient ...

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