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‘Experience it if you can’: ROSE – Park Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Regional theatre, Reviews by John ChapmanLeave a Comment

September 2020 and the pandemic was quietly raging. So too was Maureen Lipman in Hope Mill Theatre’s online production of Martin Sherman’s intense monologue Rose; her performance was routinely recognised as a tour de force. The piece won many plaudits including an Off West End Offie and featured as one of my 20 For 2020. Since then it has been restreamed more than once and also appeared on Sky Arts – indeed it is still available on their catch up channel Now TV. But for the real undisputed deal, and if you’re near enough, head to the Park Theatre in Islington where the production is playing until mid-October.

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A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters – Hope Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

A sadness that is at first unspoken, then as the letters they read take a poignant turn – revealing a year’s worth of bad news in some cases – their melancholy bleeding out to force them to reflect on their own lives, their own experiences. At just an hour, this is done with a light touch but still manages a gut-punching level of emotion.