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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.

Latest review:

We might be a generation obsessed with selfies and instragramming absolutely everything we eat, but that doesn't mean we're not eisoptrophobes too. A flattering angle here, a filter there... Don't we look fabulous? The problem with mirrors in their purest form is that they force us to see who we really are, and sometimes we're not ready to deal with the non-photoshopped reality of our lives. Just ask Snow White's stepmother - a mirror can drive you crazy on a bad day. Siobhan McMillan's one-woman show Mirrors examines female self-worth with a feminist bent, first through her portrayal of modern day vlogger ShyGirl and then fairytale witch Shivers.

McMillan is a talented storyteller, moving between registers quickly and making effective use of pauses to create side-splitting laughter. She's undeniably at her best as a fed up witch offering a sarcastic and at times self-pitying commentary, tracking down beauty rivals like Bitch Face and struggling to figure out who has usurped her as fairest of them all. When Shivers lashes out verbally, McMillan provokes her biggest roars from the audience. Whilst the more honest among us will admit to regularly experiencing similar angry inner monologues, McMillan's writing is sharp enough not to have to rely on our recognition to prompt our laughter.

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