Chris Hislop

Chris was the theatre editor of One Stop Arts from 2012-2013, and has moonlighted as a theatre director, producer, reviewer, sound designer, playwright, facilitator and actor. His reviewing work in Edinburgh was nominated for the Allen Wright Award 2009, and his directing/producing work has been critically acclaimed in London, Brighton and Edinburgh.
The bold luxury of pure reason: X&Y at the Science Museum

The next in the Science Museum's foray into theatre, X&Y's mathematical post-dramatic ramblings is a profound mis-step, rehashing some of the most trite of theatrical experiments to create a wholly forgettable and dull hour of lecture theatre.

Monday 14th October 2013 Read more...
Ghoulish fun: Hag at the Soho Theatre

The Wrong Crowd's star continues to rise with their latest evocative puppet/theatre blend Hag, which follows much in the mould of their previous hit success The Girl with the Iron Claws. The forgettable story is a shame, but the frequent flashes of brilliance still make for an entertaining experience. At the Soho Theatre.

Thursday 10th October 2013 Read more...
It's as bad as you've heard: Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic

An incredibly talented group of people have come together and created the most disappointing production the Old Vic has seen in a very long time.

Wednesday 25th September 2013 Read more...
A waft of decay: A Scent of Flowers at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

The neglected James Saunders' West End hit A Scent of Flowers is revived lovingly at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, but there's a stale whiff hanging around the text that not even Charlotte Blake's spirited lead performance can quite cut through.

Thursday 19th September 2013 Read more...
Parenting ain't easy: Where the Shot Rabbits Lay at the White Bear Theatre Club

Brad Birch's star may be on the rise, but this lukewarm production of one of his subtler plays leaves much to be desired: prescriptive direction and design and staid acting combine to create a rather dull story of the trials and tribulations of parenting. At the White Bear Theatre Club.

Thursday 19th September 2013 Read more...
The secret gimmick: Secret Theatre Show 2 at Lyric Hammersmith

Sean Holmes' grand plan to reinvent British theatre falls flat at the first hurdle with this predictable result to the exciting premise that was Secret Theatre. At the Lyric Hammersmith.

Monday 16th September 2013 Read more...
How to be a modern woman: Fleabag at the Soho Theatre

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's award-winning, critically acclaimed monologue comes to London after a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and it doesn't disappoint in the slightest. At Soho Theatre.

Wednesday 11th September 2013 Read more...
Suffolk stories: Fishskin Trousers at the Finborough Theatre

Elizabeth Kuti's three intertwined stories that merge ghost story with local myth in Suffolk are wonderfully spooky, especially in this bare bones production, but the simplicity of the script is the greatest weakness here. At the Finborough Theatre.

Tuesday 10th September 2013 Read more...
Not so banging: I'm With the Band at the St. James Theatre

Tim Price's Edinburgh smash hit lands less resoundingly at the St. James Theatre - why is it that these 5 star Edinburgh successes don't travel as well as one would hope?

Thursday 5th September 2013 Read more...
Gender confusion: Specie at the New Diorama Theatre

Fat Git Theatre first came to our attention last year, and their work since then has been consistently experimental, surreal and ambitious. Their latest, Specie, conforms to all of the above, and again it feels like they've bitten off slightly more than they can chew, but there's a lot here to praise. At the New Diorama Theatre.

Friday 30th August 2013 Read more...
Modern dreams: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Tooting Arts Club

Bill Buckhurst and Tooting Arts Club have once again come together, and the result is another superlative hit: Buckhurst's wry direction and the Temple Studios setting make for a rather wonderful and modern Midsummer Night's Dream, but my god this play is wearing on me... 

Thursday 29th August 2013 Read more...
Charming: Ernie at Theatre503

Ernie Holt was just a normal man, and yet this show is the story of his life, told through bouncy, spritely physical theatre by his grandson, James Craze. The warm, affectionate retelling and excellent theatrical technique make for a delightful evening, and it's hard not to get emotionally involved with the simple charm of James and Ernie, all wrapped into one. At Theatre503.

Thursday 22nd August 2013 Read more...
...what? Heads Bodies Legs at Camden People's Theatre

A "Dadaist thriller" and "absurd comic thriller set in a sinister private hospital" was never going to be easy watching, but with so little sense around this piece and production, the result is a mish-mash of ideas and concepts that struggles to be more than just interesting. At the Camden People's Theatre.

Tuesday 20th August 2013 Read more...
BOOM: The Energy Show at the Science Museum

The Science Museum's latest event show transforms their IMAX cinema into a theatre space as two scientists try and explain the different forms of energy – with many an explosion and plenty of silliness! A delightful family show, this has fun for everyone, although its balance between teaching and fun isn't perfect.

Tuesday 13th August 2013 Read more...
Hot Tub Theatre Machine: Jacuzzi at the Almeida Festival

The Debate Society's work-in-progress Jacuzzi is a puzzler. It has all of the building blocks of a great play, but it isn't – it just doesn't connect up yet, or make enough sense, or have enough impact. Watching the four characters mosey through the chalet and jacuzzi is entertaining enough, but I'm going to need to see this play when it's had a couple more edits and is properly presented. At the Almeida Festival.

Monday 12th August 2013 Read more...
Surreal: Le Flop at Mimetic 2013

Surreal comedy a la Mighty Boosh and Dr Brown is Le Flop's forte, and this expressive and strange clown show is certainly hilarious – in places. It's all a bit too abstract and oddball for me, and could do with something – ANYTHING – to make it all hang together. At Mimetic 2013.

Friday 9th August 2013 Read more...
Filth: EastEnd Cabaret at Mimetic 2013

EastEnd Cabaret's combination of musical cabaret stylings and a rather unapologetically crude set list have made them rather popular (as has, arguably, the male/female character Victor/Victoria's photogenic get-up), but there is a definite classy talent behind it all. If only there was some variance to their act... At Mimetic 2013.

Thursday 8th August 2013 Read more...
Not nearly enough variety: Royal National Theatre of Fools at Mimetic 2013

Mimetic's mix of cabaret and theatre also features a number of old fashioned variety performances, and the Royal National Theatre of Fools certainly has some idea of what they're doing, but this is a bit too old-school to be credible in this day and age. At Mimetic 2013.

Monday 5th August 2013 Read more...
Mild mentalism: Peter Antoniou - Comedium at Mimetic 2013

It's not often I review magic shows, but Mimetic 2013 has all sorts... And in this case, it meantI get to indulge in my fascination with mentalism as well, and although Antoniou is not quite as confident as he could be yet, he's on the verge of being a really big star. A solid effort.

Monday 5th August 2013 Read more...
Very much inside the box: Is art in non-traditional spaces becoming too mainstream?

The act of displaying or performing art in spaces outside of the hallowed concert halls, theatres and galleries used to be the domain of the artistic fringe. But a lot of bigger cultural institutions are now getting in on the game – are these unusual spaces really cutting-edge any more?

Thursday 1st August 2013 Read more...
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