Category: Off-West End

Review: Pageant

Review: Pageant

Guest Review by Isabelle Fernandez.


Part of Camden Fringe, Pageant is the light hearted, saccharine, glittery music depiction of the Miss Glamouresse beauty pageant, with all of the contestants having a little more to offer than your usual beauty queen. The premise is a straight-forward one – six contestants compete for the coveted title of Miss Glamouresse, all played by men and the judges being selected from the audience – this is no ordinary musical.

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Review: Mrs Orwell

Review: Mrs Orwell

Guest Review by Isabelle Fernandez.


Based on actual events, and set in University College Hospital in London in 1949, Tony Cox’s Mrs Orwell is a depiction of what was to become George Orwell’s final bout of illness. It covers a period of his life where, despite enforced confinement, he managed to have a significant influence on many, including the complicated overlapping personal and professional relationships that are portrayed so effectively. The central relationship between Orwell (Peter Hamilton Dyer) & friend Sonia Brownell (Cressida Bonas) is enrichened by their interactions with others; the marriage between these characters, orchestrated and influenced by Fred Warburg (Robert Stocks), only led to further interweave the lives of all of the characters.

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Review: Road

Review: Road

There is an assumption that Road by Jim Cartwright would feel outdated. Its plot is so geographically and temporally specific that a play about the North East’s experience of the Thatcherite years could have gone the way of Look Back in Anger and feel irrelevant to a modern audience. Under John Tiffany’s direction, Road feels terrifyingly present, and still as necessary after over thirty years since its debut.
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Review: An Injury

Review: An Injury

An Injury is a story in true Kieran Hurley style. It’s second-person narration, direct and sharp – this could easily be the precluding chapter to Heads Up from a different set of perspectives. That was about the end of the world. This is about being watched, being revolutionary and being in the firing line. It’s also about pushing that button, the big red one that destroys lives in the name of national security. You watch them in order to keep yourself safe. Zoom out.

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