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‘LAURA’ by Elina Alminas, Etcetera Theatre

Saturday 5th August, Camden

A sea of heartbreak. Karaoke. Accusations and dirty laundry. Cake and champagne. Pill-popping and binge-drinking. An awkward turn on the stage by yours truly. Crazy wedding photos. Elina Alminas reprises her one woman show for the Camden Fringe 2017. LAURA is an absurd, painful, sympathetic satire of modern marriage, and keeps the audience on its toes throughout.

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Secret Theatre Project Mayhem

Friday 11th August, Dalston

Secret Studio Lab has returned to London with a new, immersive theatre show: the subversive Secret Theatre Project Mayhem. Spoilers ahead, if you’re planning to see the see the show within the next couple days. The premise, while derivative, might have been fertile ground for the enthusiastic cast. In the end, it doesn’t matter when the production is so poorly thought out. Continue reading “Secret Theatre Project Mayhem”

Miss Polly Rae: Between the Sheets

Friday 4th August, South Bank

I’m a huge fan of Polly, the woman beside me says: she’s the best in the business. We’re sitting on the far left of a crowded semi-circle that cups the stage. I can’t hear her exacts words, which are drowned out by both the frank invitations of Khia’s My Neck, My Back and the murmuring crowd around us. Continue reading “Miss Polly Rae: Between the Sheets”

In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO

Wednesday 26th July, Royal Albert Hall

Prom 16 saw the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with guest conductor Ilan Volkov, exploring human drama across four programmatic pieces. Liszt was compared and contrasted to Mussorgkyand a new piano concerto by Julian Anderson was premiered. With melodramatic highs, melancholic woes, and thrills in between, this was a night for awe and wonder. Continue reading “In the Arena: Prom 16 with the BBC SSO”

Nikki Lane – Live at Bush Hall

Tuesday 6th June, Shepherd’s Bush

Nikki Lane is the self-proclaimed Queen of Outlaw Country. At least from this side of the pond, it seems a deserved title. Apt too, if you’re a fan of her retro, swaggering sound. Lane’s current tour follows the release of her slickest album yet, Highway Queen. Continue reading “Nikki Lane – Live at Bush Hall”

Block Universe 2017 – Our Thoughts

Monday 29th May to Sunday 4th June, Various Locations

Block Universe, London’s international performance art festival, is now in its third year running. For one week, a truly cosmopolitan line-up of contemporary, multimedia art was presented across London’s diverse institutions and venues. The programme included five newly commissioned and site-specific performances, four UK premieres, exclusive artist talks, and workshops. Continue reading “Block Universe 2017 – Our Thoughts”

Choreography for the Running Male – Egle Budvytyte

Sunday 4th June, Hackney

St Leonard’s Church, intersecting Shoreditch and Hackney, appears to be an awkward island of Georgian England in a sea of proto-gentrification. Round the back, however, is another story. Here the chic shops peter out, the grimy buildings give way to red-brick grandeur. The church garden blooms. Continue reading “Choreography for the Running Male – Egle Budvytyte”

Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword – Zadie Xa

Thursday 1st June, the Strand

On a sweltering summer’s afternoon, Somerset House hosted the premiere of Canadian visual artist Zadie Xa’s fantastical new piece. Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword is an immersive piece of visual and oral storytelling. In this fascinating production Xa delves into the problem of cultural identities facing the Asian diaspora community. Continue reading “Crash, Boom, Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword – Zadie Xa”

Shapes of States – Stina Nyberg

Monday 29th May, Notting Hill

Shapes of States is the newest work by choreographer Stina Nyberg. A series of dance movements take inspiration from theories of movement, bodily language and public health of the early 20th century and beyond. Through these, Nyberg examines our historical, political and social relationships with the human body. Continue reading “Shapes of States – Stina Nyberg”

Tejas Verdes by Collide Theatre

Saturday 1st April, Southwark

Performance Reviewed was invited by Collide Theatre to attend their production of Tejas Verdes. In collaboration with Ugly Duck, the performance took place at renovated Victorian warehouse 47/9 Tanner Street. This was a site-specific promenade, with director Emily Louizou as the audience’s guide. Continue reading “Tejas Verdes by Collide Theatre”