Mat Ewins review – digital gagster is full of nerdy fun

Soho theatre, LondonEven when the grouchy wannabe game-show host’s set is buffering he still delivers a winning formula of hi-tech comedy and twisty jokesIn Danger Money, we find Mat Ewins hacked off that he can’t catch a telly break. The annoyance cou…

Continue Reading

The Delightful Sausage review – delicious cult comedy

Soho theatre, LondonThe tale of two ‘mucky northern oiks’ on a quest for success is less important than the joyful jokes, backchat and smutty puns en routeThe barely realised comic play, for ever suspended between the fictional world and the fun its cr…

Continue Reading

The Delightful Sausage review – delicious cult comedy

Soho theatre, LondonThe tale of two ‘mucky northern oiks’ on a quest for success is less important than the joyful jokes, backchat and smutty puns en routeThe barely realised comic play, for ever suspended between the fictional world and the fun its cr…

Continue Reading

Jellicle clown: Frankie Thompson on her unmissable feline fever dream Catts

Her cat-tastic stage show is a riff on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical that swerves into emotionally raw territory. The Edinburgh fringe sensation talks about trauma, taboos and the importance of being disgustingWas there ever a cat so clever? Move over …

Continue Reading

Swarm review – a scathing appraisal of Britain’s political parasites

Camden People’s theatre, LondonDonning an insect costume, the magnetic Liv Ello uses clowning to land a deeply serious point about our timesLiv Ello is the director of Frankie Thompson’s delightful show Catts, so I had high expectations for their solo …

Continue Reading

Panto first-timers prepare to party: ‘I’ll wave that wand with everything I’ve got!’

Jason Manford, Keala Settle, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Chelsea Hall get set for the glitter and gags of festive seasonPanto was my first experience of going to the theatre. At school in south Manchester, there were free tickets for kids from underprivil…

Continue Reading

Good Luck, Studio review – the toddlers’ TV show that goes wrong

Mercury theatre, ColchesterAn uneven new play from Mischief Theatre skews darker than their hit comedies, with jarring tragedy amid the clowningThe Play That Goes Wrong’s Mischief Theatre have taken their spoofs of ham-fisted am-dram to the West End, B…

Continue Reading

Good Luck, Studio review – the toddlers’ TV show that goes wrong

Mercury theatre, ColchesterAn uneven new play from Mischief Theatre skews darker than their hit comedies, with jarring tragedy amid the clowningThe Play That Goes Wrong’s Mischief Theatre have taken their spoofs of ham-fisted am-dram to the West End, B…

Continue Reading

Noises Off review – Frayn’s exquisite farce-within-a-farce finds new humanity

Felicity Kendal, Tracy-Ann Oberman and especially Joseph Millson are comic gifts in this 40th anniversary version that fits our times almost too well Well, here’s a surprise. Michael Frayn’s exquisite farce – now celebrating its 40th anniversary – has …

Continue Reading

Kim Noble: Lullaby for Scavengers review – strange, tender and endlessly funny

Soho theatre, LondonThe notorious comic and performance artist explores loneliness and the human/animal divide in an intricately assembled scrapbook showIt’s taken Kim Noble seven years to make Lullaby for Scavengers. Just as well: I doubt any of us co…

Continue Reading