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In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Scarlet and Olive were left behind when the evacuation transport left their town without them. A dust storm has rendered their home a foreign landscape. They have five days until the transport will return to collect any stragglers, and news is due over the radio at any time between now the then.

CUSTODY – Ovalhouse

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How do we cope when we don’t get what we want? How do we beat a system that is set up to make you fail? Custody asks just these questions, as we are taken on a two-year journey of a family’s struggle for justice for their loved one, twenty-nine year old Brian, who died whilst in police custody.

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SISTER – Ovalhouse Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

The story of this work of art is that of the strength and beauty that lies in the hearts of all female siblings. Women of all backgrounds contribute, their words form the basis of the dialogue, as they spin tales of heartbreak and triumph; salvation and disaster. Around fifty were interviewed, and their words form the raw material for the show.

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HOW TO WIN AGAINST HISTORY – London & Edinburgh

In Cabaret, Comedy, Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews, Scotland by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

British history is peppered with truly remarkable people. Kings, queens, writers, actors, scientists, athletes and military generals pepper school history books and cultural subconscious. Then there are the people like Henry Paget, fifth Marquis of Anglesey, who are largely forgotten, tucked away in the centuries-old folds of this country’s past.

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INVISIBLE TREASURE – Ovalhouse Theatre

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Invisible Treasure has no script and no actors. It’s not a play, but a playspace. For this hour long part-video game, part-puzzle, the audience/participants must work together to interpret the cryptic tasks that pop up on a small screen in the sterile room where they are deposited by theatre staff. The sensors, cameras and microphones that monitor the group at all times determine whether or not you progress to the next level or not, and the chance of failure is very real indeed.

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FANSHEN INVISIBLE TREASURE – Ovalhouse

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous about this one. The description of fanSHEN’s Invisible Treasure reads: ‘No actors. No plot. But there’s you.’ That’s a scenario that fills a risk-averse introvert like me with a sensation verging on panic. (Of course, it didn’t help that none of my friends were available, so I had to go solo.) But hey, it’s good to try new things, right?