Heather Deacon

Heather is a blogger and budding playwright living in London, who splits her time between fringe theatre, art exhibitions, charity shops and youtube. She has a degree in Theatre and enjoys conversations about lighting, backstage gossip and reviews. You can find her blog here.
All great expectations and no hard times: Dickens Abridged at the Arts Theatre

This latest venture from the founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company tells the life story of Charles Dickens through his greatest works, in an evening of song, dance and some colourful characters. At the Arts Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
Only an elf stirred: The Night Before Christmas at Soho Theatre

Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the warehouse, only an elf was stirring... This is the set-up for surreal writer Anthony Neilson's characteristically original take on the conventions of Christmas shows. At the Soho Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Twisted theatre: Jekyll & Hyde at Southwark Playhouse

A story based on the infamous tale "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, this reworking of the classic by Jonathan Holloway creates a modern and grotesque twist, that the cast deliciously reveal. At the Southwark Playhouse.

Thursday 3rd October 2013 Read more...
The Thebans Season: Prince of Thebes, Oedipus and Antigone at the Scoop

Three hours of Greek tragedy is presented by Free London – that's right, free -  at The Scoop this month: Prince of Thebes, Oedipus and Antigone. It might seem a lot for one night in an outdoor arena, yet despite the solid rock pew you perch yourself on, you might find that you can't get enough.

Tuesday 20th August 2013 Read more...
A multisensory experience – HUGO: Red Never Follows at the Saatchi Gallery

The setting of Hugo: Red Never Follows is a classic presentation of clean white walls and mild mutterings, but with TV screens and pulsating lights in place of sculpture and paint (though there are elements of both amid the technology), it's an enthralling spectacle. At the Saatchi Gallery.

Tuesday 13th August 2013 Read more...
Not "bird" material: Pipe Dream at the Union Theatre

The warm acoustics of the Union Theatre's space are exploited for this cheery if bumpy revival of the forgotten musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein – Pipe Dream. It's not a great script, and the direction is a little all over the place, but it's a fun night with a bucket full of energy and spades of charm as the ensemble attempt to convincingly portray a sweet if weary love story set by the sea.

Friday 9th August 2013 Read more...
The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution at the Design Museum, London

The Future is Here at the Design Museum is an insight into the inspirational and masterful innovations of our technologically-advanced modern and online world. Our world is almost science fiction – it certainly would have been 20 years ago. From WiFi enabled light bulbs to sustainable, lightweight, printable, flat-packed furniture, there's still plenty to get excited about.

Tuesday 30th July 2013 Read more...
Dirty Dancing a disappointment at the Piccadilly Theatre

The newest show at the Piccadilly Theatre is just as disappointing a display as its previous endeavour, Viva Forever ... and that's putting it politely. After seeing the successfully toured show presented on the West End stage I found myself begging Baby to get back in her corner and think about what she's done.

Sunday 21st July 2013 Read more...
Thoughtful and mischevious: Early Days at the Finborough Theatre

The Finborough Theatre presents one of the most thoughtful pieces of theatre I've seen in a while – Early Days by David Storey. Rather than addressing issues of age, understanding and family, the play simply graces the themes with a thoughtful perspective.

Wednesday 19th June 2013 Read more...
Don't Bring Your Mum: Avenue Q at Upstairs at Gatehouse

The musical for those who don't like the sickly sweet is back with puppets that you soon learn (if you didn't know already) are as naughty and lost as you. At Upstairs at the Gatehouse.

Thursday 23rd May 2013 Read more...
Tightie-whitie travesty: The London Cuckolds at the Pleasance Theatre

This company and this show certainly can't be accused of lacking energy. The London Cuckolds takes you to 1920s London, where everyone seems to have the values of a sinner, lying, cheating and conning their way into each others tightie-whities. At the Pleasance Theatre.

Tuesday 7th May 2013 Read more...
Rock out: ROOMS - the Rock Musical at the Finborough Theatre

ROOMS - The Rock Musical is a fun mother-rocking ride. Seriously, take your Mum: she remembers the 70s, she'll love it. At the Finborough Theatre.

Monday 29th April 2013 Read more...
Drugs and shag carpets: Smack Family Robinson at the Rose Theatre Kingston

Richard Bean's latest shows up the suburban Kingston family-of-five for the drug dealers they are, starring Keith Allen and Harry Melling and directed by Richard Wilson. In true Bean style, even little old ladies found themselves tittering as much at jokes about neighboring towns as at drug induced hallucinations. Great fun. At the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Wednesday 10th April 2013 Read more...
Michael Caine: A living cockney legend at the Museum of London

This small gallery exhibition among the many huge rooms of the Museum of London does its best to illustrate Michael Caine's drive, charisma and success with clips, portraits, timelines and choice quotes, celebrating another institution in this city of cockneys, royalty and landmarks.

Tuesday 9th April 2013 Read more...
Epitome of intimacy: Mydidae at Trafalgar Studios

A bathroom is a private place, a theatre is not. Both, however, are the epitome of intimacy. At Trafalgar Studios.

Tuesday 12th March 2013 Read more...
Medieval and apocalyptic: David Breuer-Weil's Project 4 at The Vaults in Waterloo

David Breuer-Weil presents his Project 4 in the tunnels of The Vaults in Waterloo. There is a delightful complexity to these imaginative and mind-bending metaphysical pieces, which medidate on the nature of humanity, its struggles and its desires in Breuer-Weil's warped and distorted worlds. 

Wednesday 13th February 2013 Read more...
Swinging Sixties Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Upstairs at the Gatehouse presents an ambitious production from Zoe Ford and Hiraeth Artistic Productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This time, the comedy drama is set in the swinging 60s when tension between the Mods and Rockers was strife and providing a perfect situation to slap the Montagues (Mods) and Capulets (Rockers) straight in the middle of.

Wednesday 13th February 2013 Read more...
Kafka's bizarre beast: Metamorphosis at the Lyric Hammersmith

Starting its tour in 2006 at the Lyric Hammersmith, this show has been presented all over the world and now returns to its original venue as bizarre a beast as the renowned original novella by Franz Kafka envisions.

Monday 28th January 2013 Read more...
Politics and morality: American Justice at the Arts Theatre

A prison room as unremarkable and empty as prisoner Lee Fenton’s dreams is the setting for Richard Vergette's American Justice, playing at the Arts Theatre. The remote setting promotes the hopelessness of politics and morality in the play as John Daniels (Peter Tate) and Lee Fenton (Ryan Gage) live out eight years of their lives thinking they are growing smarter in their endeavours.

Friday 18th January 2013 Read more...
Olga's Disturbing Room at Arcola Theatre

It is a harrowing tale, not easily watched, but one that stays with you all the way home as you reflect on this almost unbelievable piece of history. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 16th January 2013 Read more...
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