“There’s certainly nothing healthy about being young. Your mind’s still half drugged by sleep.” Unfortunately, the temptation of sleep is the overwhelming outcome of Pains of Youth currently in repertoire at the Cottesloe Theatre. Martin Crimp’s new version of the original 1923 play by Ferdinand Bruckner has the opportunity for perceptive drama but falls short of the mark.

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Writer Roy Williams claims he wants to ‘write great drama’ and he certainly hits the nail on the head with Category B at the Tricycle Theatre. The drama takes place in a contemporary category B prison, where all offenders are sent when first sentenced. We soon find that there is a delicate balance of respect between guards and inmates, the guards keeping the pressure but knowing when to turn a blind eye. The equilibrium of the prison is upset when teenager Rio enters, unaware of the aggressive world and close connections he will meet on the inside.

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Lightsabers, velociraptors and three blind mice. Is this the best recipe for retelling one of the most infamous financial scandals of our century? Enron, transferred from the Chichester Festival Theatre, premieres in London at the Royal Court and has several surprises in store.

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“You can never bury the truth”. This message reverberates throughout the Cottesloe Theatre during the world premier of Our Class. Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek wrote this play to be seen, experienced, and above all, lived through. The story, unheard by many until now, wrenches you in and swallows you, until you return to the present wide eyed and silent.

 

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shunt2I have just got home from the best piece of theatre I have ever seen. Seen is possibly the wrong word. Encountered. Experienced. Gone through. Theatre company Shunt‘s new production Money is a completly immersive event that has left me with a rare feeling that I want to run around and shout and tell everyone to go, now. It has infact made it to my facebook status, so I have actually told 524 people to go see it – not bad, perhaps I should be asking Shunt for a cut of their takings from now on. Most importantly, it has managed to remind me why I love the theatre.

 

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If you think the West End is more about glitter than furry creatures, then you clearly haven’t seen Avenue Q which is reopened at the Gielgud Theatre. After the show, previously based at the Noel Coward Theatre, threatened to close its doors and take away it’s puppet inhabitants, the show had such an influx of takings that Cameron Mackintosh (famous West End producer) decided to move the show over to the Gielgud. So what is it about this adult parody of Sesame Street that is just so damn lovable?

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