Isobel Lewis

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Reviews (19)
The Independent (UK)

"'The Clinic’s' storyline is a puzzle that never gets completely solved. The play tries to tackle so much, teasing so many topics, but none take the lead; you’re left feeling dizzy." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

"Musical theatre is in a love affair with social media. ... The new production of '101 Dalmatians' at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre takes the same tack....it’s safe to say that it doesn’t always work." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

The mix of comedy and discomfort will likely polarise audiences, but there’s no danger of you forgetting Daddy. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

The fundamental problem with Straight Line Crazy is that while Moses is an interesting enough man, we’re talking about roads. It’s not the most fascinating of backdrops anyway, but Hare feels determined to make the topic even harder to engage with. Full Review

Red Pitch
Shepherds Bush
The Independent (UK)

The play is a triumphant take on flux and football in a fast-changing south London neighbourhood...Under the direction of the Bush Theatre’s associate artistic director Daniel Bailey, there’s barely a moment of silence, with laugh-out-loud dialogue overlapping as each boy fights to have the last say. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production It is a totally brilliant musical. [It] has the fast-paced humour of a fringe show, yet its full-length musical run time never feels like a drag. It certainly helps that the musical talent on display is exceptional. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production An hour-long cabaret-esque musical with a premise so ingenious, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been done before, String v SPITTA is nonetheless reliant on a hefty amount of participation from its audience. Full Review

Mum
Soho
The Independent (UK)

Sophie Melville is outstanding as a new mother unable to ask for help with her mental health. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Sometimes it’s fun to go to the theatre and watch a high-camp, brightly coloured musical, but in this case the confused political slant muddles things. It’s a shame because, for sheer spectacle, you won’t get a more impressive show. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production ...Wilkin is a total sensation. Her facial expressions are the driving force behind the show, while her low and throaty laugh underscores each scene with an infectious delight. Full Review

I, Joan (London)
Southwark
The Independent (UK)

" 'I, Joan', gender is explored both directly and with more subtlety. ... As the heavens open and rain falls for Joan’s final speech, it’s hard not to be won back round." Full Review

Middle (London)
Waterloo
The Independent (UK)

The play swings between extremely funny and extremely sad. The issues with the script lie less with this stark contrast than the heavy exposition. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

If it all sounds confusing, that’s because it is. Thankfully, Lindsay is a more than capable anchor. From him, director Roxana Silbert cajoles a performance of unexpected fragility, pathos puncturing the fearsome gravitas. Full Review

Cock (London)
West End
The Independent (UK)

First staged in 2009, Cock – the play that cannot be named – has always intended to shock. In 2022, Marianne Elliot’s new production follows the same suit. Full Review

The Glow
Sloane Square
The Independent (UK)

Alistair McDowall’s latest offering is properly bold stuff. The Glow is an epic that presents the supernatural as a violent, yet often funny thing – but as soon as you think you’ve accepted what it’s about, the play shifts unrecognisably. Full Review

Best of Enemies
Southwark
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production But for a show that is technically slick throughout (and features an insanely impressive ensemble cast), the most thrilling moments come during the TV debates, when the archive clips are replaced with a live feed being filmed on stage. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Cheap laughs ... are woven throughout the exposition-heavy script, which darts between and rushes over certain storylines in an attempt to make the songs fit the scenes. As The Drifters and their girl, the cast work in harmony – here’s hoping they get the chance to do it again on a better-written show. Full Review

curious
Soho
The Independent (UK)

As ‘seven methods of killing kylie jenner’ proved, [Jasmine Lee-Jones] is a phenomenal writer. Monologues flow naturally off the tongue ... The supporting roles initially feel a little more stereotypical than the lead ... but become more nuanced as the plot develops. Full Review

…cake
Camberwell
The Independent (UK)

It is at times funny but often grotesque, bukilwa’s lyrical script telling the story of two Black queer women and their deeply interwoven trauma. Full Review