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FRACKED – Chichester

In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

Fracking is something of a contentious subject in West Sussex, so where better to stage Alistair Beaton’s new comedy Fracked! (or: Please don’t use the word). Littered with references to very recent events (including Boris Johnson and Southern trains) you can’t help but feel the playwright is hidden in the theatre somewhere

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FRACKED – Chichester

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

You can trust Alistair Beaton to keep a cast learning last-minute lines. Here, just as grace-notes alongside the main theme, are jokes about Brexit, Southern Rail, and the new Foreign Secretary. His central theme, though, in this new satiri-polemico-sitcom, is the cynical, corrupt, socially divisive hypocrisies, political manoeuvring and reasonable anxieties surrounding the technology of shale gas extraction: fracking.

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A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH – West End

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Here’s a sharp one, beautifully suited to what is not only a Referendum season but one in which both main political parties are more than likely to do mischief to their leaders. We can’t rely only on nervous broadcasters and weary quiz-teams for performed political satire, so hats off to the Arts: whose historic shabbiness pleasingly channels a nicely threadbare Corbyn vibe.