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Whether you normally look down from the cheap seats in the gods, or sit up close in the front row, there's so much happening on the London performing arts scene and comedy circuit, it can be difficult to decide which shows you should spend your cash on and which shows should quite frankly, pay you for turning up.

At Views from the Gods, we review all the latest London talent, from West End plays to emerging comedians. We hope our site helps introduce you to some new performers.

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Do you even know how much a stamp costs these days? To be perfectly honest, I can't remember the last time I sat down to write a letter by hand of any description, let alone a meaningful one in which I laid open my innermost feelings. Technology moves on, we move on and our thoughts are captured in 140 characters or fewer. Possibly with an emoji thrown in for good measure. Because, that's practically poetry by modern standards, right? One Last Thing (For Now) explores the significance of exchanging handwritten letters during wartime in different cultures, languages and time periods. Part written by director Lilac Yosiphon and also part devised by the company, it's a show inspired by real life, but not beholden to it.

Although they say everyone has a story in them, Yosiphon must have about a million. As the driving force behind this piece, her recognisable style and ambition are evident throughout. The contrast of the past and present day work well, as does the fairytale feel evoked by Angus McRae's playful score. The most successful arc is undoubtedly between military girlfriend Rosie (Josephine Arden), who has grown up in the background of her father's sacrifice and just like her mother, has found herself in a relationship with a soldier (Cole Michaels). Arden's portrayal really packs a punch; her character is all kinds of adorable and excitable, making the audience instantly emotionally invest in her. Michaels' character, Rob, is far more restrained, making his eventual outburst all the more powerful.

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