The winners of the Off West End Awards 2021, encompassing the Offies, OffFest, OnComm and OneOff Awards, have been announced in an online ceremony on 21 February 2021 via Scenesaver.
‘Probably the best climax to any show seen this year’: FISHBOWL – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★
A sold-out Pleasance Grand suggests that Fishbowl may be one of the hits of the summer.
‘A beautiful & heartbreaking story’: SUCH FILTHY F*CKS – Edinburgh Fringe
Such Filthy F*cks is a two hander written by Oli Forsyth that examines strangers who have nothing in common, except their porn addiction.
‘Action-packed, irreverent & hilariously weird’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre
Action-packed, irreverent and hilariously weird, Kill Climate Deniers nonetheless still succeeds in making a serious and important point, and provides more than enough food for thought to give you nightmares for weeks.
‘A quality & innovative piece of theatre’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★
George A Romero’s 1968 movie Night Of The Living Dead not only unleashed zombies upon an unsuspecting world, but was also one of the first movies to fuse horrific gore with political allegory and just a spattering of satire.
‘Starts off with an interesting premise’: THE JOURNEY – Edinburgh Fringe
There is good writing here and some good ideas but it loses its way. The Journey is the story of a romance set on a lonely spaceship but it’s also a play within a play, the trials and tribulations of two actors putting on a play at the Fringe.
THE LOST BOY PETER PAN – Pleasance Theatre ★★★
A magical tale of a boy who never grows up, the familiar story that follows Peter from a baby lost in Kensington Park to ‘The Neverland’ where he becomes ‘Pan’ the leader of the lost boys, sworn enemy of Captain James Hook and companion of Wendy, John and Michael.
Edinburgh Fringe: Ben Hanlin, Trickhead
Likeable laddish Midlands magician Ben Hamlin fronts ITV2’s Tricked in which the general public and some sub-prime celebrities (Louie Spence, random spraytans from TOWIE) are teased with close-up conjuring and mind games, Candid Camera-style.
THE YEAR OF THE HARE – Edinburgh Fringe
✭✭✭✩✩ Emotional rollercoaster
Young critic scheme review:
Creative, absorbing, and very wacky, the Finnish Ryhmateatteri Ensemble’s version of Arto Paasilinna’s popular book, originally published in 1975, certainly leaves an impact.
LOVEBIRDS – CD Review
Premiering at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Lovebirds marks some gorgeous new musical theatre from Robert J. Sherman. The son and nephew of legendary tunesmiths Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, Robert J.’s show harks back to the era of vaudeville, Scott Fitzgerald and days of schmaltzy, beautifully voiced romance.
THE TITANIC ORCHESTRA – Edinburgh Fringe
DARK COMEDY FROM A FRACTURED EUROPE. BUT WHERE’S THE BEAR? Only in Edinburgh’s August are you likely to find an immense, patient queue snaking round the block for half an hour, unable to get to the bar, in order to … Continue reading →
Review: Streaming (The Pleasance, Islington)
We start with a curvaceous redhead gyrating in a red-lit Amsterdam window, and that’s Streaming’s first flaw: by telling its interesting three-stranded story in flashback it has already given too much away – a fundamental mistake for the sex workers this piece is all about. The characters are sharply drawn and brought to life by […]
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