A canny comedy crime caper: Ben Kulvichit reviews New Old Friend’s latest addition to their popular touring murder mystery series.
Starting a conversation: Eve Allin reviews a new collaboration between Andy Smith (UK) and Amund Sjølie Sveen (Norway)
Panto pedagogy: Hester Chillingworth’s pantomime ditches dodgy gags and tired tropes for a transpositive alternative.
Season’s greetings: Tracey Sinclair reviews a warm-hearted quartet of short plays from emerging writers.
Raising the roof: John Murphy reviews Sheffield Crucible’s slick and spectacular production of the Cole Porter classic.
Hanging up his wig: Louise Jones writes on the 40th and final panto helmed by legendary York dame Berwick Kaler.
“I hope it’s stupid”: James Varney on the skill of being an idiot in a Dutch company’s tribute to the great entertainers.
Someone else’s shoes: Lilith Wozniak writes on the mechanics of empathy in an immersive audio experience in Bristol shopping quarter.
The little things: Lilith Wozniak writes on the detail and scale of The Borrowers.
‘Shimmer and sparkle’: Catherine Love reviews an unlikely Christmas show which delights as much as it unsettles.
Using a voice: Crystal Bennes writes on the ‘ethical quandary’ of representation in Kieran Hurley’s examination of class and the appropriation of stories.
Farting geese and the spirit of Christmas: Andy Edwards reviews Johnny McKnight’s deliriously silly and subversive panto.
‘Joyful sincerity’: Pete Kirwan writes on an earnest, escapist panto that brings the 12th century into the 21st.
Dances with difference: Aniqah Choudhri reviews Cathy Marsten and Arthur Pita-choreographed ballets for the all-PoC company Ballet Black.
Real stories: Tracey Sinclair on Open Clasp’s nuanced, heartfelt play looking at life after prison, based on the story of its real-life mother and daughter cast.