‘Talking about class is not easy’ – This is Not a Safe Space –...

In poet Jackie Hagan’s latest show, the title itself is a warning and the opening five minutes of This is not a Safe Space a series of caveats and disclaimers, at the core of which is...

‘Dealing with Dementia’ – Banana Crabtree Simon – Drayton Arms Theatre

Dementia. Whether we are at an age where we fear it for ourselves, or whether we fear it for the sake of our loved ones, dementia has a foreboding, threatening presence in the lives...

‘Girls are not all sugar and sprinkles’ – Conquest – Vault Festival

'Conquest', the debut production from female-led Pear Shaped Theatre, is a subversive and delightfully NOT straight-faced-and-deadly-serious take on what it is to be a young woman and a feminist. Writer Katie Carden has stuck the...

‘Being Brave and Becoming’ – The Poetry we Make & Bicycles and Fish –...

One of the most amazing things about the Vault festival is the sheer volume of work that is on, brimming over with variety, bursting at the seems with challenges, with questions - and our...

‘Falling head-over-heels, arse-over-tit’ – It’s Not Cute Anymore – Theatre 503

You're reading this review. So, if you're not one of these girls, you probably know one. And if you don't think you do, you do... they're just hiding it well. Sorry, who am I...

‘Coming of old age’ – Say Something Happened – Vault Festival

In a departure from the more off the wall, experimental Vaults Festival fare going on all around, Say Something Happened is a rather more sedate offering out on the fringe, tucked away in the independent Network...

‘Coming Unstuck’ – Strawberry Starburst – Vault Festival

Shez is sixteen. From a happy childhood, she hit her teens and found her life started to unravel. As she grapples with her relationship with her Mum, her Dad, and her prickly-faced boyfriend, how...

‘Heart in the dark’ – The Dark Room – Theatre 503

A bed. A mini fridge. A closet. A bathroom door. The necessities of a cheap motel are boxed into a claustrophobic chipboard room. Then a whooshing sound. Darkness. When the lights come back on,...

‘Telling Stories with no Words’ – Apple John – Theatre Alibi

From a very young age I was fascinated by stories, as most children are. I would tell stories to my baby sister before I could even read, pointing my chubby infant fingers at the...

‘Checking in with your inner ‘Big’ kid’ – Big the Musical – HHT

However many years pass by, we never entirely forget what it is to be young. Big the Musical, which premiered in 1996 and which followed the 1988 film, is a nostalgic night out which...