Pain and prayer: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Matilda Ibini’s witty, moving coming of age story.
Thrusting hope in our faces: Lily Levinson writes on watching Pecs Drag Kings’ Christmas show on election night.
‘It’s time to wank jubilantly with a cross’: Frey Kwa Hawking writes on Breach’s exuberant retelling of the sexual adventures of a 14th century nun.
Revelling in mess: Emily Davis writes on Ell Potter and Mary Higgins’ exploration of masculinity and their relationship to it.
A howl of despair: Maddy Costa writes on Leah Shelton’s latex-clad, lipsync take on the myth of Pandora’s box.
‘It resembles an affably deranged birthday party’: Mert Dilek writes on Kneehigh’s riotous adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi.
‘A glimpse of what the world could look like if everything were simpler and the people were kinder’: Emily Davis wells up at Hackney Empire’s Windrush-inspired pantomime.
‘A stumble off the path, into a crack in the ground’: Emily Davis writes on a new adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s book and the politics of the decision to programme it.
An incoherent world: Hailey Bachrach writes on an episodic staging of Elena Ferrante’s wildly successful bestsellers.
Living in a teenage dream: in this dialogue review, Rose Johnstone and Alice Saville chat about 90s nostalgia, commercialised wokeness, and the weird world of the 21st century jukebox musical.
A glorious vision: Ava Wong Davies writes on the wintry magic of Sally Cookson’s Narnia story.
‘Shakespearean civil war as Tarantino-esque entertainment’: Lily Levinson writes on Sean Holmes and Ilinca Radulian’s action-packed double-bill of history plays.
Imagining a future: Maddy Costa writes on Danish theatre company Fix & Foxy’s ‘materially sparse, philosophically expansive’ show.
A rallying cry for freedom of the press: Brendan MacDonald writes on the stage adaptation of journalist Can Dündar’s account of his imprisonment.
‘a steady throb like the sound of your heart beat in the bath’: Lily Levinson writes on Ava Wong Davies’ lyrical exploration of a relationship between a daughter and her estranged mother.