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WATCH Anything Is Possible… #Vault2018 interviews: Are we fed too much happiness?

18th February 2018
Premiering this week, Cordelia O'Neill's new play Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough is part of Small Things Theatre Company's season of female-focused new work at this year’s VAULT Festival. It asks important questions about the pressures of being happy..Read more...
from Press Releases

‘Immersive experience gives an extra gravitas’: THE SILHOUETTE IN THE SMOKE – London Museum of Water & Steam

18th February 2018
Immercity’s The Silhouette in the Smoke takes the interactivity even further. Not only do you get to question the actors, but along with your fellow audience members work together to solve the crime.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

‘Story and language are a joy to behold’: YOU – Vault Festival ★★★★

18th February 2018
You is a beautiful story of love, loss, family and what family is defined as. It’s truly an emotional play that doesn’t shy away from the truth. I personally would love to see an extended version.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell

Interview: Spotlight On:… I Believe in Unicorns adapter Danyah Miller

18th February 2018
Danyah Miller has adapted Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns for the stage, which plays at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon from the 14 to 18 February before continuing its tour. She spoke to Love London Love Culture…Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘Embodies every part of resilience women have inside of them’: MISSION ABORT – Vault Festival

18th February 2018
Therese Ramstedt’s Mission Abort shares a personal experience of abortion which she clearly holds very close to her heart. She sheds a punchy and humorous take on something that needs to be spoken about.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

‘Different perspectives’: STUD/IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – Vault Festival

17th February 2018
If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at The Vaults, on the other hand, is an excellent example of theatre which explores gay love and queer identity from an unfamiliar and powerful perspective.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

‘A novel take on female millennials’: ELSA – Vault Festival ★★★★

17th February 2018
With laughs, wit and social commentary in abundance, Elsa – at The Vaults – will surely put Isobel Rogers on the map.Read more...
from Michael Davis

Are theatre programmes ‘the great publishing rip-off of our times’?

17th February 2018
However, a couple of interesting tweets popped up from Channel 4’s political correspondent, Michael Crick, that seemed to get people’s juices flowing – one of which makes a rather pertinent point. What do we buy programmes for? What is the point of them?Read more...
from Debbie Gilpin

‘Snappy and deeply moving’: AI LOVE YOU – Vault Festival

17th February 2018
AI Love You, part of the Vault Festival, holds up a mirror to the technological challenges facing society in a way similar to the Netflix hit series Black Mirror and asks the question: “Is this what is to come?”Read more...
from Laura Kressly

‘Brilliant challenges to misconception that comedy doesn’t translate’: SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE – Touring ★★★★★

17th February 2018
What happens when a comedian runs a comedy club in one of the most violently repressed areas of the world? Showtime from the Frontline sounds like it should be a recipe for disaster, yet Mark Thomas’ latest production proves to be one of the.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

The Soul of Wittgenstein Q&A video: What did Ludwig really get up to at Guy’s Hospital in 1941?

17th February 2018
What's the point of philosophy? Watch Another Soup theatre company’s Facebook Live video for the full post-show Q&A with The Soul of Wittgenstein's Richard Stemp, Ben Woodhall and director Dave Spencer, chaired by Mates co-founcer Terri Paddock.Read more...
from Terri Paddock

‘Worthy, if unclear, ideals’: GOLD COAST – Theatre503

17th February 2018
The poor script and production fails to serve the impact of PTSD underlying Gold Coast at Theatre503, a significant overhaul is needed to give it potency.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

‘Frankly astonishing debut’: THE B*EASTS – Bush Theatre

17th February 2018
Monica Dolan’s writing debut The B*easts at the Bush Theatre is a provocative monologue performed by Dolan herself, tackling the sexualisation of children and nudging us into a hypothetical future that feels all too possible.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

‘Works well as a psychological study in menace’: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN – Touring ★★★

17th February 2018
A stage revival of taut psychological thriller Strangers On a Train is now touring the country and this week it had opening night audiences at Woking’s packed New Victoria Theatre on the edge of their seats.Read more...
from Anne Cox

‘Absolutely superb’: GIRLS & BOYS – Royal Court Theatre

17th February 2018
The fact that we still have men today who think male violence is “a complex issue” shows that Dennis Kelly’s play Girls & Boys – with men firmly in its sights – remains desperately needed.Read more...
from Victoria Sadler

‘The perfect show for right now’: I HAVE A MOUTH & I WILL SCREAM – Vault Festival

17th February 2018
The publicity for Abi Zakarian’s I Have A Mouth and I Will Scream at The Vaults puts it better than I ever could – it’s “a play-performance-art-protest-thing”.Read more...
from Ian Foster

‘Genuinely unpredictable from one moment to the next’: THE MOOR – Old Red Lion Theatre

16th February 2018
My verdict on The Moor at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London? A tale as mysterious as the moorland, twisting and turning like a babbling brook – a captivating watch.Read more...
from Debbie Gilpin

NEWS: Father & son Edward & Freddie Fox star with Frances Barber in An Ideal Husband

16th February 2018
Real-life father and son, Edward and Freddie Fox, will play fictional father and son, the Earl of Caversham and Lord Goring, in An Ideal Husband, as part of the year-long Oscar Wilde season at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre. Also starring, in the role.Read more...
from Press Releases

‘Something doesn’t quite gel’: GUNDOG – Royal Court Theatre ★★★

16th February 2018
An interesting corrective to those soft-focus romantic images of rural equanimity, in the end, Gundog doesn’t quite come off. But, like grandad’s homily to his family, Longman too has bravely tried to capture something of the eternal and intangible: human attachment to the land.Read more...
from Carole Woddis

Text of the Day: Black Mountain

16th February 2018
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz