Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present Review

Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is a play which takes you back in time, detailing four birthdays over four decades for one family. Starting with Micky’s 80th birthday the scene centres around his and wife Meg’s living room. After several discussions between themselves – including Meg asking if her beloved is “still dry” – son Adrian...

Season’s Greetings Review

An extended family combined with Christmas chaos, creates comedy gold in Season’s Greetings at the New Vic theatre thanks to genius Alan Ayckbourn. As Christmas Eve gets underway finishing touches to the decorations at Neville (Matt Addis) and Belinda’s (Frances Marshall) house turns into bickering and banter not only between the hosts, but with their...

Better Off Dead at the New Vic

AN inept journalist combined with a frustrated author who is struggling to see the wood from the trees, produces not just the right chemistry, but also much hilarity in Better off Dead at the New Vic. Alan Ayckbourn’s second play in the round in the space of a week, focuses on author Algy Waterbridge and […]

Joking Apart at the New Vic

Joking Apart at the New Vic gives an insightful view into the affects jealousy and envy can have on relationships. Alan Ayckbourn’s revival marks the 40th anniversary of the play which centres around happy couple Richard (Laurence Pears) and Anthea (Frances Marshall). Spanning over 12 years, and four different scenes, the audience is invited into […]


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