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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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After all the indulgences of Christmas, January is always a bit of a detox month. And when it comes to theatre, you can't pare things back much further than a simple monologue without any fancy-pants props. Now in its fifth year, The One Festival is a truly special celebration of theatre at its purest, showcasing new writing as brought to us by a veritable army of playwrights, performers and directors. December feels like a long time ago, however when monologues are as good as these, it's a bit like Christmas all over again.

The longest monologue in the programme and the standout highlight is Eyes to the Wind. Writer David Hendon doesn't give us a fleeting glimpse into a character's life or share an isolated thought; his monologue is a self-contained thoroughly gripping piece of intrigue with plenty of subtle foreshadowing woven into the dialogue. Daniel (Samuel Curry) speaks with a smooth, undeniably upper-class accent and moves with a natural elegance. His simple, casual sportswear and gold chain seem at odds with what we assume and soon confirm of his boarding school upbringing. With Daniel's current do-gooder lifestyle, perfectly sculpted cheekbones and so-trendy-it-hurts bleach blond hair, it comes as a shock to see the cancerous imperfections to his life revealed. Everyone, it seems, is capable of hiding a dark secret.

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