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90% #OutOf100 – Babette’s Feast @ The Print Room, Notting Hill Gate

I love food, I love to eat and I loved Sheila Atim in Les Blancs so this production promised to be a feast of delights for me; and it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation by Glyn Maxwell and directed by Bill Buckhurst. I hadn’t seen this classic before, either on stage or in film but I will look for the award winning film now. Babette’s Feast written by Karen Blixen takes us on a journey with Babette as she arrives in a remote Norwegian fishing community where life is simple, austere and pious, as a refugee from Paris....

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70% #OutOf100 – EXPENSIVE SHIT at Soho Theatre

We live in a society where there is pressure to look good always, whilst defending the idea that to look good, doesn’t mean women should be objectified or have to fight off unwanted advances in public places with the fear of getting hurt. Yet, we’ve all been there… nights out, wanting to refresh our make-up so head to the toilets with our girls in tow. Whilst in there, we get asked whether we want a spritz of perfume, a lollipop or anything else by the toilet attendant. We notice she’s there, but we never question why or how? Adura...

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80% #OutOf100 – a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) @ The Royal Court

A turquoise room and fluorescent lights, 3 women and 2 men on the edges dressed casually. We are on swivel chairs below elevated walkways. It somehow feels clinical though you can’t ignore the beauty of rich turquoise walls and brown skin against them. The walls are rendered chalkboards with lines and spheres are drawn onto them. The curious eeriness of the sound of chalk making its mark, the scratching before the break-broken speech that playwright, director debbie tucker green is renowned for establishing. The interaction between the couples is visceral and feels voyeuristic as if we are peeping Toms and yet...

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75% #OutOf100 – Rikki Beadle-Blair’s Follow Up Fabulousness, Legendary Children In The House Of Fierce

At his ‘thank you to you myriad muses for my MBE‘ party in January, Rikki Beadle-Blair, that beloved actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, singer, designer, choreographer, dancer, songwriter and artistic director of multi-media production company Team Angelica, broke down his next few projects for us. It was an exciting list, as it was clear he would be exercising many of his multiple talents. Lynette Linton’s #Hashtag Lightie was first, and opened to a packed house and critical acclaim during its 5-day run at the Arcola Theatre. Between writer Linton and director Beadle-Blair, we were presented with “a funny and moving...

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78% #OutOf100 – Mother Africa’s ‘Khayelitsha – My Home’ ENDS TODAY!

10 golden hula hoops spinning around 1 tiny female body, a man on a unicycle 5 wheels high; there is head-standing, hand-standing, juggling, dish spinning, ladder climbing and gymnastic feats gold medalists would be proud of. Mother Africa is more than a circus with live musicians, singing and dancing alongside the acrobatic acts. There are the obligatory drums and percussion but the Kora, guitar, saxophone are welcome additions to the band. The little vignettes, are moments that feel like everyday life on African soil contrasted with the magical circus segments. Expect gasps and bursts of applause from the audience...

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