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.
Skirting around sharp edges: James Varney reviews an all-male production of Jean Genet’s The Maids which doesn’t quite deliver on its promises.
“Be a mother to another”: John Murphy writes on Akeim Toussaint Buck’s engaging and accessible solo dance piece on the diasporic experience.
‘Meeting after meeting, difference after difference’: Andy Edwards reflects on a triple bill of Estonian contemporary performance in Glasgow.
Gift shop Frida Kahlo: Lilith Wozniak writes on Deborah Antoinette and China Blue Fish’s sketch show, and asks what we want from feminist theatre.
‘I hope for better stories than these’: Tracey Sinclair writes on the prevalence of violence against women as plot device in her review of She Production’s devised play.
A broad brush: Louise Jones finds this adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel yields uneven results.
Holding fiction to account: Peter Kirwan writes on the representation of madness in Nottingham Playhouse’s revival of Alan Bennett’s play.
‘Shiny baubles’: Tracey Sinclair reviews Elayce Ismail’s production of Dylan Thomas’s radio play.
‘A myth sceptical of myths’: James Varney writes on place and ownership in Chris Thorpe’s cycle of contemporary Mystery plays.
A mushrooming community: Ava Wong Davies writes on the intimacy and kindness of the works at this year’s instalment of performance art fest SPILL.
‘Joy in solidarity’: Louise Jones writes on Phoenix Dance Theatre’s celebration of the human stories of the Windrush generation.