Jonny Ward falls in love with the optimism in UNDETECTABLE “an extraordinary new play” by Tom Wright

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  UNDETECTABLE ☆☆☆☆☆ KINGS HEAD THEATRE It is extraordinary to think that perhaps within the living memory of some fellow theatregoers, that the Lord Chamberlain would have censored the very concept of Undetectable, let alone the practical reality of it on stage. A Taste of Honey (Royal Court Theatre 1958) apparently caused a furore amongst … Continue reading



Jonny Ward is enamoured with Pippa Winslow’s stand out performance in STRIKE UP THE BAND

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  Strike Up The Band ☆☆☆ Upstairs at the Gatehouse It has to be one of the more unusual topics for a musical: a quintessential American business magnate (making cheese – for comedy value!) manipulates the US Government into war with tiny neutral Switzerland in order to protect his profits. As the programme notes suggest … Continue reading



Queerguru’s JONNY WARD reviews CIRCA ‘fascinating and challenging in equal measure”

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  Circa ☆☆☆☆ Old Red Lion Has the LGBTQ community reached a crisis point? Has the hard won promise of endless sexual freedom begun to conflict with a desire to settle down and lead heteronormative lives? This revival of the 2016 play Circa approaches this dilemma in a deliciously complex way. A cast of five … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews ” Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Modern Iran”   at London’s Omnibus Theatre

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  Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Modern Iran  ☆☆ Omnibus Theatre I really, really wanted to like this. Great, I thought, once I’d read the blurb, a play exploring Iran’s queer subculture, about a boy who transforms every night into a beautiful woman. I was looking forward to it and invited a queer Iranian friend … Continue reading



Jonny Ward reviews the UK premiere of GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM ” a truly uplifting, optimistic treasure of a play”

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  Gently Down the Stream ☆☆☆☆☆ Park Theatre When a young man takes an older lover, is there always an ulterior motive, or can the reasons be purely romantic, sexual even? This is a question that is raised many times in ‘Gently Down The Stream’. The play is directed by Sean Mathias and written by … Continue reading



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