It's the end of year theatre review time and thought I'd kick off with my favourite fringe plays of 2019.
Some of these may well end up on my final top 10 list but this is my way of cheating highlighting some more great theatre.
In no particular order (links are to my original reviews):
David Thame's sexy spy thriller is elevated by emotional depth. It was just as much a play about loneliness and connection as it was about a hitman and his target.
Can't wait to see what he writes next.
This made a lot of what is on stage in London look stodgy and staid. A fresh and achingly contemporary play that cleverly and boldly tackled social media and what it reveals about modern society.
It's been a year of important theatre which unashamedly and provocatively addresses racism and prejudice.
Uncomfortable viewing, as it should be, but more than that it was cleverly put together and brilliantly performed.
A play which mixed the colourful, camp and different genres of storytelling with harsh realities of life in Iran. It was clever, powerful and entertaining and I'm sure it will be back on stage.
A poignant and sharp comedy about trying to turn childhood dreams into a reality. It had shades of Fleabag in its portrayal of modern women and I hope it gets a longer run somewhere.
Have you got a favourite fringe play of 2019? Would love to know what I missed, leave your thoughts in the comments.
Coming soon...least favourite plays of 2019 and my 10 favourite plays overall.
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