Stefan Nicolaou

Stefan is a freelance writer ingesting and reviewing all things arts and culture in the wond. He has written features for Catch 22, The Playground and Flux & Drapers magazine. He is currently deputy editor of .Cent magazine and a Tumblr rambler on youngpeopleclimbstairs.tumblr.com.
All I wanted was for you not to feel nothing: The Eternal Smile at the Barbican Centre

In the vacuum of eternity the dead sit and discuss the living. They float in an abyss – sometimes a gap of 300 years between each utterance – exchanging accounts of their previous routines, vocations and hopes. As with all contemplation of death The Eternal Smile is devoted to the analysis of the living. Five piece company Verk Produksjoner combine lament with laughter as they capture an afterlife of reflection. 

Sunday 7th April 2013 Read more...
Lacklustre: Fair Em at the Union Theatre

A revival of a play wrongly attributed to Shakespeare receives an unnecessary reprisal. An already weak script is damaged further by confused staging and direction, making the production seem like a parody. At the Union Theatre.

Thursday 17th January 2013 Read more...
Sense certainly isn't present: Stand and Deliver! at the King's Head Theatre

Part fantasy, part opera and wholly tongue-in-cheek, Stand and Deliver! is a musical misadventure about the head of a family who attempts to recapture his glossy 80s youth. At the King's Head Theatre.

Sunday 23rd December 2012 Read more...
The Acrobatics of Immigration: Backgammon for Beginners at Jackson's Lane

Acrobats and a musical score retells the immigration story of an Iranian man to London. So & So Circus create a thrilling atmosphere and visual and aural experience, examining the confusion of multiculturalism. At Jackson's Lane Theatre.

Sunday 16th September 2012 Read more...
Threesome

Filled to the brim with witty one-liners, Threesome realistically portrays drunken fumbles and unrequieted love. The cast commit themselves fully to their roles of stifled bride-to-be, Essex lothario and uptight groom-to-be with a predictable but dramatically executed secret. Gripping and side-splitting in equal measures, Threesome is a thoroughly enjoyable and risqué production. At the Camden Fringe.

Saturday 25th August 2012 Read more...
The Overcoat

A mixed acting and physical adaption of Nikolai Gogol's The Overcoat is a fine example of choreography and acting, yet fails to tell a compelling story with controlled pace. At the Camden Fringe.

Wednesday 22nd August 2012 Read more...
Death and Gardening

A barmy physical comedy exploring the human instinct to reject death. Wet Picnic Theatre Company create a contagiously energetic show that is both visually gorgeous and meaningful. At Jacksons Lane.

Sunday 5th August 2012 Read more...
Les Enfants Terribles

Based on Jean Cocteau’s orginal novel, Les Enfants Terribles is a tale observed through a picture frame, witnessed but not engulfing. The production achieves an entertaining stable of playful performances and gorgeous set and costume. An aesthetically charming portrayal without unnecessary inflictions of discomfort or grief. At the White Bear Theatre.

Friday 27th July 2012 Read more...
The Maids

Maids Solange and Claire prepare to emancipate themselves from their Madame through the act of murder. A gripping, agonisingly tense collission of subordination, aspiration and insanity. Atthe Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Thursday 19th July 2012 Read more...
Utopia

A frenzied and comical foray into the many-armed school of thought surrounding the concept of Utopia. Comedy greats and playwrights create a variety show of clowning, episodic ecounters and jaunty tunes. Utopia is a foray into world where suicides are noble, game shows take place in space and, perhaps most alien, people welcomingly talk to one another on the tube... At the Soho Theatre.

Monday 25th June 2012 Read more...
Tender Napalm

Phillip Ridley alloys fantasy, horror and tenderness as he pits a couple against each other as their love, future and past is torn apart. Powerful performances and an exceptional script explore the remenants of what once was through aggressive fantasy and blissful escapism. At the Southwark Playhouse.

Wednesday 13th June 2012 Read more...
Faith

In Faith the actors perform zealously with a script that constrains action rather than facilitates it. Despite great performances and well-oiled direction and dialects, Faith fails to deliver as an urgent, moral battle. At the Courtyard Theatre.

Saturday 26th May 2012 Read more...
Denial

In Denial, playwright Arnold Wesker addresses an aberration to the usual sexual abuse thriller: Jenny Young, as a result of manipulation from her therapist, falsely recollects that her father Matthew, her mother and her grandfather molested her as a child. The scenario unfolds with harrowing execution as the fallibility of memory and trust is explored. At the King's Head.

Thursday 24th May 2012 Read more...
Antigone 2012

Antigone 2012 teeters on the border of pathos; physicality, characterisation and drama are palpably disjointed in a production that has plenty of style but no substance or poignancy. At Theatro Technis.

Wednesday 25th April 2012 Read more...
The Dark Room

‘There’s no muzzle like fear’ rue-filled Madeleine MacMahon proudly exclaims as she plays conniving new-girl-at-school Ruth. The vengeful glee and ice-cold conscience with which the words are delivered adequately summarise the victory of retribution and chilling pursuit of student-body popularity presented in The Dark Room. At the New Diorama Theatre.

Monday 16th April 2012 Read more...


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