Dominika Fleszar

Creative and enthusiastic arts journalist and theatre critic, based in London. Delivering prompt, in-depth articles to entice and entertain audiences.


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Helium - The Space, London

Helium eats into the memory like acid into metal, but the overall impression is one of clumsiness and gaucherie. The story is dark and serious, with mental health struggles at its heart. We follow the two young couples as they attempt to cope with feelings of hopelessness and despondency with a help of a certain “death dealer”. Helium aims to explore their motivations and rationales, but it doesn’t always live up to its high hopes. All actors are quite brilliant – their bodies and voices are a

V&V | VAULT Festival 2020

Through the intricately balanced language of finely crafted letters and no less exquisitely crafted Whatsapp messages, Sprezzatura Productions brings to the VAULT Festival a wonderful new queer play, “V&V”. One storyline, told purely via the art of epistolography, revolves around the famous affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West – two exquisite women, confined by the social bonds of their times. The other one is a contemporary romance involving Mia and Lottie, two young ladies...

Dumbledore is so Gay | VAULT Festival 2020

Bright, genuinely funny and completely naïve – “Dumbledore Is So Gay” by writer Robert Holtom and director Tom Wright is where Harry Potter meets The Butterfly Effect. Jack is a young man. Jack (Alex Britt) is a Pottermaniac (and not-so-proud Hufflepuff). Jack is also gay, and has a big crush on his best friend. But life is brutal, especially for young boys with a non-mainstream sexual orientation. At school and at home, he is expected to be someone quite different...

Fanny A New Musichall | VAULT Festival 2020

The Unruly Regiment, consisting of mother-daughter duo Carolyn Scott-Jeffs and Lizzie Wofford brought to the VAULT Festival an engaging and engaged new musical. And it is absolutely stunning. Fanny wants to sing in music halls. Given she possesses the unbelievably strong voice of Lizzie Wofford as well as her charismatic stage presence, she may well succeed. But Fanny feels she needs to tell a story – a story of her friend Elsie who, as her cabaret counterpart, also “wasn’t what you call...

Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands | VAULT Festival 2020

Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands brought to the VAULT Festival by Papercut Theatre takes itself perhaps a bit too seriously – but is powerful nevertheless. Lou is not exactly mentally stable. In fact, she is pretty much mentally unstable – but not in a pretty Hollywood way. She does not suffer silently. She is not a hero. She is not a delicate flower. When faced with the world that thinks of her as simultaneously dangerous and pathetic, Lou starts questioning if her problems do not...

Buzzing | Bread and Roses Theatre

Julie (Debbie Bird) is a woman. 50 (or approaching). Divorcee. Not much of sex life. And she is – buzzing. Julie did not have much luck with love in her life. Newly out of a loveless (and mostly sexless) marriage, she now strives to find herself in a new life. Introduced by her daughter to a fun Tinder world of “swipe right” and “swipe left”, Julie goes on her little Odyssey in a quest for new sexual adventures to validate her own attractiveness. There is something amazingly fascinating about...

Rebirth is Necessary — A Review

Rooted in various conventions of African cinema, Jenn Nkiru’s 2017 short documentary / video art Rebirth is Necessary explores afro surrealism and afro futurism in a way that is both intellectual and entertaining; both avant-garde and relatable; both personal and deeply engaging. Rebirth is Necessary is roughly ten minutes long — it is ten minutes full of wonder. Directed by Jenn Nikiru, female artist and filmmaker from Peckham in London, Rebirth is Necessary tells a powerful story of female....

Sydney Watson: “Both sides think the other side is crazy”

Sydney has a YouTube channel. Sydney has political views deemed by some as controversial. Sydney talks about arguments, not people. Sydney dislikes certain notions, not certain people. Sydney Watson’s YouTube channel happened by accident. ‘I converted a Facebook page I had into a political page, made a video for YouTube and then posted it to both platforms. It went insane overnight. I never really planned to make anything out of what I did, but seeing the response I got....

Great Expectations | Playground Theatre

Theatre Lab Company brings to the Playground Theatre their gothic twist on the classic Charles Dickens’ tale, Great Expectations. The well-known to British audiences tale of love, loss and journey from rags to riches got some intensive and extensive tuning. While retaining the main, basic plotline, Theatre Lab Company’s adaptation completely changes perspective and load factor, shifting attention to a more feminine point of view. Cleverly adapted by Lydia Vie...

Joan of Leeds - New Diorama Theatre

Joan of Leeds is currently the most fabulous fringe show in London. This crazy, heretical and absolutely hysterical new production by Breach Theatre celebrates queer voices, rewrites history, and offers a meta variation on various theatrical conventions all at the same time. ‘Though this be madness, yet there’s method in’t’. Or, to use a more fitting quote – ‘Get thee to a nunnery!’ Based on the medieval story that came to light at the beginning of this year...

Cinderella - The Rockin' Panto at artsdepot

Cinderella – The Rockin’ Panto does all the things that good pantomime should do. Staged in northern London’s theatre hub artsdepot (in association with The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich) – it’s fun, funny, full of catchy tunes, not so refined humour and lots of opportunities for the audience to participate. And it’s acted so incredibly well. Being the Mayor of Finchley, Baron Hardup has it really tough. His fortune is mostly imaginary...

Life at the edge

A BENCH AT THE EDGE: Tristan Bates Theatre First staged back in 1981, Luigi Jannuzzi’s A Bench at the Edge – now brought to London by Off The Cliff Theatre – draws inspiration from Theatre of the Absurd and surrealism. Though not as conceptual as some Pinter-y plays, it does what absurd theatre does best – it reconcile contradictions. In this very case – life and death. Number One (Meg Lake) has seen it all. Seated on her bench for 25 years, she saw “bullets” – people “diving” into...
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