Marianka Swain

Marianka Swain is a London-based scriptwriter and journalist. Her stage plays have been performed at the Soho Theatre, Gate Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wilmslow Festival of One Act Plays, Battersea Arts Centre, Burton-Taylor Theatre, Oxford University and University of East Anglia, where she completed a Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) MA. She is currently working on scripts for stage, screen and radio. Marianka was a staff sub-editor and features writer for Country Life magazine and is now a regular contributor to Dance Today magazine and Bargain Theatreland. She is also available for corporate work. @mkmswain
The rationalists have all the fun: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Bloomsbury Theatre provides an alternative take on seasonal entertainment with a jam-packed, humorous and hugely inspirational feast of ideas.

Thursday 19th December 2013
Messing about in boats: the Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

Acclaimed choreographer Will Tuckett's version of children's classic The Wind in the Willows is a slice of theatrical magic. Marianka Swain reviews at the Duchess Theatre

Tuesday 17th December 2013
Theatre Profile: The Albany

In our quest to find London's favourite Off West End theatre, our reviewers champion their favourite venues. Today, Marianka Swain tells us why the Albany would get her vote. Vote for your own favourite Off West End theatre below!

Wednesday 27th November 2013
Satisfaction Guaranteed: In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at the St. James Theatre

The invention of electrical stimulation forms the basis of a joyously witty and emotionally resonant period drama from American playwright Sarah Ruhl. At the St. James Theatre.

Friday 22nd November 2013
Crime capers: People Show 121, The Detective Show at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

People Show, the UK's longest-running alternative theatre company, offer a wonderfully silly whodunit pastiche in their 121st outing. At the Old Red Lion Theatre.

Friday 18th October 2013
Home truths: The Lyons at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Nicky Silver's Broadway hit is a savagely entertaining addition to the Menier Chocolate Factory's American repertoire, but vacillates awkwardly between sentimental drama and cynical sitcom.

Monday 30th September 2013
Life lessons: The Speed Twins at Riverside Studios

Maureen Chadwick's existentialist lesbian black comedy scores on evocative setting and heartfelt entertainment, but too often sacrifices drama for didacticism. At the Riverside Studios.

Wednesday 4th September 2013
Dangerous liaisons: Casual Encounters at the Etcetera Theatre

Andy Moseley's ambitious black-comedy short mixes the pitfalls of wife-swapping with musings on contemporary relationships and the role of the internet in society, but ultimately suffers from an excess of genre-hopping. At the Etcetera Theatre.

Monday 19th August 2013
Brave new world: Little on the Inside at the Almeida Festival

This year's Almeida Festival promises small-scale work with big ideas, a combination neatly encapsulated by Little on the Inside, Alice Birch's thought-provoking snapshot of prisoner solidarity and the escapist power of storytelling.

Saturday 27th July 2013

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