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‘The magic of theatre at service to an emotional reality’: I’M A PHOENIX, BITCH – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★★

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Bryony Kimmings’ latest show I’m A Phoenix, Bitch is autobiographical in nature in which she gives a very frank account of what it is was like for her a couple of years ago, where after a period of ‘bliss’, her life unravelled – ultimately reaching ‘rock bottom’.






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‘Dark, even for a black comedy’: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City – Finborough Theatre

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Written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Bethany Pitts, it’s fair to say that A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is dark, even for a black comedy.






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‘Lays bare the reality of maintaining a relationship’: Hedgehogs & Porcupines – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★

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Intimacy: letting oneself be vulnerable to ‘baggage’, words and actions of another. Perhaps not a textbook romantic/sexual definition of the word, but in Hedgehogs & Porcupines, ‘hearts and flowers’ associations are stripped away, as it lays bare the reality of maintaining a relationship.






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‘Events feel like an organic development of what’s happening globally’: WHERE WE BEGAN – Touring ★★★★

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Written as a response to their previous play Tanja, which explored life in immigration detention centres such as Yarl’s Wood, Stand and Be Counted Theatre’s latest show Where We Began looks at a cross-section of people who have – or will – fall foul of the government’s current immigration policies.