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Lauren Silver: Surprise! review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer and Reviewer

Lauren Silver’s superb show exposes her anxiety in the most visceral, warm and entertaining of ways

Anyone who’s attended an arts festival in recent years couldn’t help but notice the positive trend of performers talking about their mental health in a way that many would’ve recoiled from a decade ago.  This year’s Vault Festival is no different, with the likes of Sofia Del Pizzo, Naomi Sheldon and Joz Norris putting on important shows that address and explore anxiety, depression and related conditions.

Where Lauren Silver’s excellent piece of theatrical comedy differs is in actually provoking her social and anticipation anxiety to appear on stage.  She doesn’t just talk about it: she makes us live it with her.

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Category: Comedy
Horrorland
Horrorland

Goosebumps Alive! at The Vaults, Waterloo

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By Shannon Rawlins

Most 90s kids are familiar with RL Stine’s Goosebumps collection – a series of books designed to scare the life out of anyone under the age of 14 with an overactive imagination.  With this in mind, I was extremely excited to hear that Waterloo’s The Vaults have created Goosebumps Alive! – an immersive theatre show based on the haunting tales from my childhood.  And even the recent film adaptation starring Jack Black hadn’t put me off, so I went along to the press launch with high hopes.

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Category: Theatre
Matthew Trusler
Matthew Trusler

1901 Arts Club: Matthew Trusler & Gordon Back

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1901 Arts Club // Waterloo

It’s worth getting to 1901 Arts Club early. I arrived about ten minutes after doors open, and the charming and elegant upstairs bar was buzzing. The first in a series of Hattori Foundation Birthday Recitals was pretty much sold out – so book your tickets soon. Erich Gruenberg, chairman of the trust that supports young and gifted musicians, commenced proceedings with an entertaining and enlightening introduction. His pleasure in sharing two of the world’s “favourite sonatas” was infectious.

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Category: Clubs
Steinberg Duo
Steinberg Duo: Louisa Stonehill and Nicholas Burns.

Steinberg Duo: CD + London dates

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Having heard the Steinberg Duo perform at the gorgeous 1901 Arts Club and admired Louisa Stonehill’s freely confident violining I wondered how it would translate to CD. It translates exceedingly well. Their current album is a stylish selection of British music featuring contemporary composer Philip Sawyers’ two violin sonatas, separated by forty years, alongside Elgar’s sonata written some fifty years previous. All timeless, all blending perfectly.

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Category: Culture