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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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It's increasingly difficult to remember when the watershed is supposed to start, because what passes for appropriate for all ages seems to be a lot more hardcore these days. We've become a nation that's almost impossible to shock or offend. Originally written in the 1970s as a radio play, Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle got shelved for a decade due to its controversial content and although it is no longer contemporaneous, it remains challenging to stomach even for a present day audience. Now, that's really saying something given the kind of gore and filth we watch these days without so much as blinking. Brimstone and Treacle is certainly not a feel good play, but it's a very commendable production with some beautifully nuanced characterisation.

Once a vibrant young woman with an active social life, a hit-and-run accident has left Pattie (Olivia Beardsley) confined to a bed in her parents' living room, convulsing, screaming and unable to communicate. Her mother, Amy (Stephanie Beattie) cares for her day in, day out, never leaving her side, whilst her father, Tom (Paul Clayton) goes out to work. One day Tom literally runs into a young man called Martin (Fergus Leathem) who insists he knows the family from the happier days before Pattie's accident. If you thought things couldn't get much worse for the Bates, you would be wrong...

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