Author: Mary Beer


Beneath The Blue Rinse By Tom Glover at Park Theatre

Tom Glover’s one-act comedy has plenty of gags, some fine actors and an essentially interesting conceit but it doesn’t really gel as a full-length play. Feeling very much like it belongs in the first phases of ITV pilot writing from a few decades ago, this play is not especially funny nor particularly important although it makes attempts at both. Kevin Tomlinson plays Simon, a 37-year-old intruder alarm salesman in pursuit of his big bonus by …

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Matilda the Musical is fun, funky and thoroughly magical…

Fun, funky and thoroughly magical, this cultural classic is brought to life with so much spectacle and joy, you’ll feel the thrills of a rollercoaster ride and the uplift of a Christmas special – but none of the saccharine elements that make grown-up’s teeth hurt. Kids empathise with kind and wise Matilda and relish the subversion of a world where so many adults are figures of ridicule. The bright and bold modernist set, that towers …

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The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens | Review

The Show in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens is a child-centric theatrical masterpiece that feels like Pinter meeting pantomime for the Pixar audience. My two six-year-old co-critics were rapt from the moment they entered the Unicorn’s black box Clore Theatre and beamed and belly-laughed for the play’s duration. Veterans of quality children’s theatre, like The Gruffalo’s Child or We’re Going on A Bear Hunt, will be taken to a new level of audience engagement – even …

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