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Jonathan Kemp’s ☆☆☆☆ review of an arresting production of Oscar Wilde’s once banned Salome

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SALOME ☆☆☆☆ Lazarus Theatre Company Greenwich Theatre, London From the opening scene of the prophet, Jokanaan, walking through a sandstorm to the final image of a semi-naked Salomé straddling Jokanaan while slick with his blood, this is an arresting production of Wilde’s notorious banned play. The bold move to cast a boy to play the … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp ☆☆☆☆☆ review of JOCK NIGHT : Adam Zane’s drama with emotional depth and savage wit.

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  JOCK NIGHT ☆☆☆☆☆ Hope Theatre Company King’s Head, Islington, London Adam Zane’s background is in verbatim theatre, and that commitment to verisimilitude is on clear display in his first full-length non-verbatim play, JOCK NIGHT. In the programme notes he details the months of researching chemsex, interviewing men whose lives have been affected by it. … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews Linus Karp’s flawless performance in ‘Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked ‘

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  Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked  ☆☆☆ Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London   Following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer, LINUS KARP brings his performance of Rob Hayes’ one-man show, ‘Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked’ to London’s Kings Head Theatre. KARP gives an engagingly vulnerable performance as Bobby, as … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews Timothy Graves’ chemsex drama

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Among Angels ☆☆ Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, London “The realm of the Gods is a forgotten dimension of the world we know.” – Joseph Campbell The idea that we live among angels has been a source of inspiration for many artists, from Rainer Maria Rilke to Wim Wenders, and more recently Tony Kushner. Timothy Graves’ play … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews the surreal experience of AFTER EDWARD

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  AFTER EDWARD ☆☆☆☆☆ SAN WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE, LONDON Sense is overrated”, declares Gertrude Stein at one point in this play and certainly you’re in for a surreal experience with this powerful and quick-witted response to Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II. Much of tonight’s cast are from the recent Globe production of Marlowe’s famous gay play, including … Continue reading



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