Justin Murray left university with a degree in Classics and a crippling addiction to theatre and hasn’t looked back since. He is founder and artistic director of Catharsis and likes heavily reimagined classics and physical theatre. But most other theatre too. When not in the theatre Justin can be found tutoring or with his nose in a book.
REVIEW: VARIANT 31 at Space 18, New Oxford Street
By Justin Murray Friday, October 11 2019, 09:34
I was a little confused as to what to make of my visit to the controversial, long-dormant Toxico Technologies for the round of test subjects known as VARIANT 31. Upon entry, my plus-one and I are fitted with a medical wristband and told our main objective is to tap this wristband on as many different blue glowing points in the gaming area as possible in order to earn points.
Review: HURRICANE DIARIES at the Blue Elephant Theatre
By Justin Murray Tuesday, October 8 2019, 15:20
The first thing you notice on entering the Blue Elephant for Hurricane Diaries is how dark it is. It feels rather like a cellar, the naked theatre lights providing the only illumination. As pre-show conversations die down, the effect is compounded by the realisation that water is dripping on to the floor from somewhere. The first time we meet performer (and writer) Amanda Villanova, it’s to see her her groping round with a torch, and catching the drops of water (created, spoiler alert, with slowly melting bags of ice suspended from the ceiling) with pots and pans.
REVIEW: Ex-Batts and Broilers at the Greenwich Theatre
By Justin Murray Friday, July 19 2019, 15:31
Gail and Gemma (Jesse Dupré and Sophie Taylor) are chickens. They have an important decision to make today and they need us, the audience, to help them decide.
Review: TRAGIC SCENES OF LEGENDARY WOMEN WHERE SNAKES WERE (KIND OF) PRESENT at the Blue Elephant Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, June 24 2019, 09:47
Tragic Scenes of Legendary Women Where Snakes Were (Kind Of) Present is a clown piece devised by Gaulier-trained cabaret performers Monia Baldini and Lucia Peña Pen. We see meet star attraction and impresario Nina Divina (Baldini), who’s here to take us on a journey through a series of ancient or mythological women whose stories also involve snakes: Medusa, Cleopatra, Eve.
Review: SWEAT at the Gielgud Theatre
By Justin Murray Wednesday, June 12 2019, 13:45
Sweat is the Pulitzer-winning play by Lynn Nottage, transferring to the Gielgud straight from the Donmar. Directed by new Bush artistic director Lynette Linton, whose rise through the London theatre scene has been almost unprecedentedly meteoric.
Leanne Best, Martha Plimpton and Clare Perkins in Sweat directed by Lynette Linton, designed by Frankie Bradshaw. Photo Johan Persson
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