POLITIC MAN – Ivy House

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Alison Mead’s Politic Man chronicles the lives of Alfred and Ada Salter, an activist and political couple living and working in the Bermondsey slums of the early 1900s – I’d never encounrtered these remarkable people before. Avowed socialists committed to improving the lives of the city’s poor, Alfred moved from medicine into politics so he could help more people.

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ONLY BONES – Soho Theatre

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

Short and sweet, classic and comical. Thomas Monckton performs a solo piece glued to his spot, centre stage beneath a low hanging lamp, which obscures his body from the shoulders up for at least half of the work. Only Bones is a classic example of body manipulation that playfully explores all the possibilities that a clown can find and make with only his body, one square metre of space, and one light.

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INTERVIEW: Natalie Casey touring with Frantic Assembly

In Features, Interviews, Plays, Regional theatre, Touring by Vicky AndersonLeave a Comment

Natalie Casey made her name on TV shows including teen soap Hollyoaks and sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, but on stage is where you’re more likely to find her these days. No stranger to the Playhouse, she returns this week as part of the formidable ensemble cast of Things I […]

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Edinburgh Fringe: Adler & Gibb

In Edinburgh Festival, Festivals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

I was gutted when I found out Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb aren’t real. The portrait Tim Crouch paints of this fictional couple and their anti-capitalist approach to their art, in striking contrast to a deranged Method actor and her coach making a film about Adler’s life, is so well-formed that they feel that that they can’t not be real.

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Why doesn’t Shakespeare get more coverage at #edfringe?

In Children's theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Features, Plays, Regional theatre, Scotland by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Whilst there’s plenty of Shakespeare at the fringe, it doesn’t get much coverage. It’s understandable – the Bard doesn’t count as a potential Next Big Thing, and he’s favoured by student and international groups that usually have short runs and are deemed less worthy of critical attention.