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Variant 31
11 Oct
Reviews
Justin Murray

REVIEW: VARIANT 31 at Space 18, New Oxford Street

Variant 31 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.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
09 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES at the Union Theatre

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes It was interesting to see this delightful pocket sized revival of a classic musical, created by friends and associates of mine, two days after seeing ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at English National Opera.

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Hurricane Diaries
08 Oct
Reviews
Justin Murray

Review: HURRICANE DIARIES at the Blue Elephant Theatre

Hurricane Diaries 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.

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Orpheus in the Underworld
08 Oct
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD at the Coliseum Theatre

Orpheus in the Underworld The Orpheus story seems to be the ancient Greek myth of choice at the moment. Over on Broadway HADESTOWN, which played at London’s National Theatre won the Tony award for best musical (mystifyingly in my opinion) whilst the English National Opera are presenting four interpretations this season.

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The Elixir of Love
03 Oct
Reviews
Stuart King

Review: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE at The King’s Head

The Elixir of Love So, is a Donizetti-esque fringe version of Elixir of Love (originally L’elisir d’amore) which has been transported from the Basque region of Spain to Barry, South Wales, reason enough to brave a stormy London night?

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