‘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.
Successful parenting: James Varney writes on the obsessive drive of Rose, the vaudeville troupe manager-mother of Gypsy.
Found in translation: Crystal Bennes on the bizarre pleasures of Pu Songling’s classical Chinese fables, adapted for the stage by Grid Iron.
Dizzying depths: Brendan Macdonald writes on Eve Leigh’s plunge into life online.
Bloody festive: Lilith Wozniak reviews a pop-culture mash-up Christmas show with flying vampires, strap-ons and Bon Jovi sing-a-longs.
Touch, crawl, jump: improvisation with toddlers, dreams and desire, Welsh language and skipping rope at Cardiff’s biennial festival of contemporary dance.
Flights of fancy: Frey Kwa Hawking writes on a whimsical staging of the 2001 Parisian romcom.
Real plastic trees: James Varney writes on Chanje Kunda’s conversational, autobiographical show about trying to move past trauma.
Overshadowed: Nicola Wren’s monologue explores what it’s like to pursue stardom when you’ve got a famous sibling.
Andrew Edwards writes on the “exhilaration and fear-induced defecation” of Jian Yi’s ambitious, visually rich multimedia fusion of Butoh and live art.
‘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.
‘The Twilight of its day’: Simon Gwynn writes on Paul Miller’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘125-year-old rom com’.
‘Show me where you fit’: Frey Kwa Hawking writes on Bijan Sheibani’s new play exploring the reconnection of two brothers.
Shaft of light: Louise Jones writes on the ‘futile, gripping’ intensity of Athol Fugard’s seldom-produced two-hander.
A faltering take-off: Lilith Wozniak reviews a haltingly staged sci-fi promenade show from National Theatre of Wales and Hijinx Theatre.