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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.

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People deal with grief in different ways. Some cry, some shut down completely... some visualise Oscar Wilde. When her girlfriend Nina (Mayra Stergiou) is killed, Lilly (Lizzie Buckingham) finds it difficult to cope and finds comfort in the words of the famous writer and his own struggles. Oscar is a brand new devised work-in-progress by Vertebra Theatre featuring music, dance, video imagery and puppets. At only half an hour long, it sure does pack in a lot of different styles and techniques.

Although it's clear that Nina meets her end far too soon, what's not obvious is that she's apparently gunned down in a gay nightclub. Given the Orlando shootings, this could be a really relevant and chilling setting, but the finer detail is lost and along with it, much of the emotional impact. We see Lilly reading from a book whilst Nina is still alive and realise from her repetition of lines from De Profundis that the man who visits her (a male puppet manipulated by Stergiou) must be Oscar Wilde himself. However, it does seem surprising that it's a manifestation of Wilde who visits Lilly rather than a vision of her dead lover. Kelly Frost's gorgeously crafted puppet is so simple and yet expressive that we are reluctant to dwell on this, eager to accept any tenuous reason to work it into the show.

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