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Posh, Pleasance Theatre

When Laura Wade’s Posh premiered at the Royal Court in 2010, its dark promise that these destructive student toffs – members of the Riot Club, a loosely fictional version of Oxford’s Bullington – would one day run the country had a … Continue reading

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Worthy but thin tale of broken Britain

Eighteen months on, and Ed Miliband is still intoning “Cost of living crisis” in the hope of persuading disillusioned voters that someone at Westminster understands their plight. Yet the gulf between rhetoric and experience seems ever widening, making art that … Continue reading

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Evening with Nunn’s Lady is pleasurable and provocative

The incendiary power of A Doll’s House remains indisputable, but less well known is another late-19th-century drama featuring a young woman torn between risky independence and unhappy domesticity. Oscar Wilde’s effervescent Lady Windermere’s Fan differs vastly in tone, but Ruby … Continue reading

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Mostly build-up…debatable climax

“How long do you intend to draw this out?” So enquires German philosopher Adorno of his student-turned-extorter, who claims to possess the material influential academic Walter Benjamin smuggled out of Nazi-occupied Paris shortly before his death. Yet the question could … Continue reading

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Swimming pool tale unafraid to tackle horror in deep end

A kiss is an innocent thing. So claims Brandon, the swimming coach accused of inappropriate contact, but in Josep Maria Miró i Coromina’s unsettling Archimedes’ Principle at Park Theatre, innocence is constantly reframed by context. Are we more likely to … Continue reading

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