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Last Orders


Old Red Lion Theatre

Last Orders

Last Orders

Old Red Lion Theatre

Reviewed – 10th October 2019



“Believer or not, this was thoroughly anxiety-inducing”


Since 1415, the Old Red Lion pub has been a notorious hangout for highwaymen, a popular billiards venue and, as of 1979, also a small studio theatre. The walls of the Old Red Lion have seen many things and Last Orders by The Knock Knock Club explores the pub’s exciting and chequered past with the hope of communicating with some of the pub’s supernatural inhabitants along the way.

In July 2019, Reece Connolly, Christopher Keegan and Caroline Buckley – a believer, sceptic and agnostic respectively – spent a night in the Old Red Lion with Twilight Ghost Hunts and its founder Laura Goff. From midnight to 6am, the team explored the three floors of the pub theatre, using both old – a planchette to facilitate automatic writing and a ouija board – and new – EMF meters, audio recordings and infrasound monitoring – methods to communicate with any paranormal residents. In Last Orders, the trio present their findings from this night to try and answer the ultimate question: are ghosts real?

Connolly is the star of the show. He is engaging, funny and keeps the play moving forward. Keegan and Buckley do at times fade into the background, especially the latter who due to being ‘on the fence’ about the supernatural often does not have much to contribute to the debate. Regardless, the chemistry between the group is strong and they are all confident in their deliveries.

The play begins with Connolly telling a ghost story with a candle illuminating his face. This happens two more times throughout the play with Buckley and Keegan taking the lead instead. These scenes unfortunately come across as weak filler to bulk out a lack of actual findings from the real-life ghost hunt. Interviews with staff past and present (including the pub dog Rolo) shed some light on the pub’s mysterious goings-on but apart from some anecdotes about sockets being unplugged in a locked room there is little concrete evidence for a haunting.

The performance’s best (and most frightening) scene is when the team re-enact their exploration of the building’s cellar which used to be a morgue. The stage is plunged into complete darkness and the trio flash torches randomly to prevent the audience’s eyes from adjusting. This also builds a great sense of dread. Down in the cellar, Connolly and Buckley claim that they saw a full-bodied apparition which Goff encouraged to come towards them, and the audio of this moment is played as the audience sit in darkness. Believer or not, this was thoroughly anxiety-inducing.

The staging is simple but, in most instances, effective. Malicious words such as ‘HANG HIM’ are scrawled in red across the theatre walls and a battered sign for the Old Red Lion hangs in the centre of the stage. For most of the play, a white sheet is hung from the sign to be used as a backdrop for a projector which displays images and videos relating to the ghost hunt. This use of multi-media was a nice idea but with the lights still on it was often hard to see the apparitions that apparently lurked in the displayed photo. This however did give Connolly an opportunity to show his passion for the paranormal as he offered to show audience members any photos or videos in the pub after the performance.

Last Order’s greatest merit is sparking the audience’s interest in the extraordinary history of the buildings around us but actual ghost hunting will have to be left to the professionals.


Reviewed by Flora Doble


Last Orders

Old Red Lion Theatre until 26th October as part of London Horror Festival


Last ten shows reviewed at this venue:
Indebted to Chance | ★★★★ | November 2018
Voices From Home | ★★★½ | November 2018
Anomaly | ★★★★ | January 2019
In Search Of Applause | ★★ | February 2019
Circa | ★★★★ | March 2019
Goodnight Mr Spindrift | ★★ | April 2019
Little Potatoes | ★★★ | April 2019
The Noises | ★★★★ | April 2019
Flinch | ★★★ | May 2019
The Knot | ★★★★ | June 2019


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Review of Grab ’em by the Pussy – 3 Stars

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Grab ’em by the Pussy

The Space

Reviewed – 12th July 2017





“A great show in terms of individual performances and musical talent”



Grab Em’ By The Pussy is a comedy musical. It explores a young girl’s sexual awakening and the confusing and at times bizarre relationship society draws between sex, consent and desirability resulting in the normalisation of sexual harassment. Written by Caroline Buckley and directed by Bence Kalo, the production was comical and raised some interesting questions and perspectives.

Alice Wolff-Whitehouse who played the protagonist Maisie, provided a sincere and honest performance; the character was misguided yet relatable. She successfully portrayed the objectification young girls feel, and the peer pressure they are under, when experimenting with how to conduct themselves around men.

The acting was strong across the cast if not at times slightly exaggerated, although this could have been due to the tongue in cheek musical style. Alasdair Melrose stood out playing the awkward love-sick suitor. The music, composed by Josh Wells fitted perfectly with the excellent vocal arrangement. Some of the songs were comical and raucous and demonstrated the performers’ strong vocal ability.

Unfortunately, at times, I felt the message was misconstrued by bizarre interludes and I was often lost. The production seemed to tackle too many issues and character threads and often lost sight of the message by veering off on strange tangents. The issues delved into during the performance were important and at times well communicated, but I felt the absurd nature of some scenes detracted from the production’s aim.

A great show in terms of individual performances and musical talent but it did not quite reach the point it was trying to make.


Reviewed by Olivia Ellison

The Space



is at The Space until 16th July and at The Monkey House as part of Camden Fringe from the 9th to 12th August



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