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Told by an Idiot’s Get Happy at the Barbican

Our reviewer Josey takes eight-year-old Henry to Told By An Idiot’s latest production, a collaborative adventure-cum-panto-cum-circus show, with a giant egg sandwich thrown in.  Marketing itself as “this year’s alternative Christmas treat”, Told by an Idiot’s Get Happy is positioned to achieve a distinctive style of children’s theatre. Having experienced the show with my co-reviewer Henry (aged […]

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The Jungle Book at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Our reviewer takes Alannah (aged ten) and James (five) to a new version of The Jungle Book, with wonderful wild animals and a pretty convincing jungle for above a pub. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town is currently showing an all-new adventure inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle […]

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The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

Julia Donaldson’s story about a little mouse on an epic journey returns to the West End stage, with lively performances all around. Eight-year-old Henry helps our reviewer dish out the stars for this recommended Christmas treat for young families. At the Lyric Theatre. Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo has sold 10.5 million copies in 31 editions worldwide. Illustrated by […]

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain II

How Henry laughed! Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain II at the Garrick Theatre Eight-year-old Henry takes our reviewer on a truth-seeking historical adventure. Birmingham Stage Company’s sensationally-scripted Barmy Britain II proves that satire for kids is in fine shape. At the Garrick Theatre. The Garrick Theatre was buzzing with the energy of children, eager to see Birmingham Stage Company’sBarmy Britain II, the […]

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London Stories

Epic storytelling: London Stories at Battersea Arts Centre It is not like any festival I have ever attended, this festival of personal stories experienced intimately between the storyteller and just myself, plus another audience member. The revelations it brings about the power of stories will stay with me, possibly forever. Battersea Arts Centre’s London Stories: A 1-on-1-on-1 Festival is […]

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Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings & Artful Talent: At Leicester Square Theatre The phenomenon which is Miranda Sings at Leicester Square is the only show in the vicinity originating from being a YouTube sensation. Colleen Ballinger is a comic genius for creating the world of Miranda, the “relly tallented” star of the bite-size screen. Miranda Sings, as its creator Colleen Ballinger tells The Times in […]

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CELL at the Little Angel Theatre

  Living with MND, not dying from it: CELL at the Little Angel Theatre The message of the play is that people live with MND rather than simple die from it. I hope Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower Theatre have a chance to fully develop the living which their central character does with the condition. At the Little Angel […]

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Perilous Escapade

The Perils of Boris & Sergey: Perilous Escapade at Mimetic 2013 Journeys, quests and sweaty puppets were brought to life by Flabbergast Theatre’s Perilous Escapade about two leathery characters, Boris and Sergey, who enter as the “Dynamic Duo” and sadly part in the end. At Mimetic 2013. Journeying was very much on my mind as I made my way to […]

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Something There That’s Missing

A play for our time: Something There That’s Missing at Theatre503 Something There That’s Missing is a play for our time, reflecting personal cultural negotiations with love, and lots of laughter. At Theatre503. Anh Chu’s Something There That‘s Missing was previewed for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Theatre503, staged by We Flew Big Theatre Company. Conceptually strong, it examines the […]

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Boy in Darkness

Boy in Darkness    Genre: Drama Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre 59a Bethwin Rd Camberwell London SE5 0XT   Low Down   I confess to never having read Peake’s Boy in Darkness. Despite that, I was ceased by Gareth Murphy’s physical articulation of a young boy’s struggle against oppressive rituals. His performance shows how it is the imagination […]