Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Monday, 31 March 2014
Radio review: Hamlet (Radio 4)
Tiny Hamlet" from a few years ago. They're about to send it on a global tour, so I can't see them planning another production any time soon. So this may be the best alternative we get - as part of a Radio 4 season on the best-loved fictional characters, they ran a serialisation of Shakespeare's longest tragedy every afternoon last week in an audio production directed by Marc Beeby. Hamlet is the story of the young prince who discovers his uncle murdered his father, stealing his wife and crown and swears revenge; but is racked by existential questions that delay him carrying it out. Anastasia Hille played Gertrude, Paul Hilton Claudius in a production that despite the lack of visuals could be safely described as being period-set, thanks to the occasional sound effects of horses and carts clattering past the castle.
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Theatre review: BASH latterday plays
Friday, 28 March 2014
Theatre review: See How They Run
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Theatre review: Fatal Attraction
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Theatre review: Other Desert Cities
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Theatre review: A Study in Scarlet
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Theatre review: Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Theatre review: I Can't Sing!
PREVIEW DISCLAIMER: No idea when the producers are going to risk letting the critics in for this one.
Friday, 21 March 2014
Theatre review: Two Into One
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Theatre review: Blithe Spirit
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Theatre review: Away From Home
The Pass looked at what that kind of life might do to the closeted player himself, Rob Ward and Martin Jameson's Away From Home looks at the effect on someone who loves him. Jameson directs, and Ward plays Kyle, a Liverpudlian rent boy who narrates the story of the last couple of years of his life, to someone he's just slept with. A football fan himself, he's shocked to find his latest client is a well-known footballer who's just signed for his team's local rivals, so will be around in the city a lot for the foreseeable future.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Theatre review: Chewing Gum Dreams
riverrun, is a lot more down to earth and a lot closer to home. Hackney, to be precise, where Michaela Coel grew up, and where she sets Chewing Gum Dreams, which she also performs. Coel plays Tracey, a 14-year-old girl dealing with friends, school and her budding love life, as well as the way these elements come together when her best friend ends up in a relationship with an abusive older man, and the knock-on effect colours the way Tracey herself is perceived. As with most monologues written by actors to perform themselves, there's more than a suggestion of Chewing Gum Dreams being primarily a showcase for Coel's talents. It does at least do this pretty effectively and organically, a variety of characters and emotions on display.
Theatre review: riverrun
Monday, 17 March 2014
Theatre review: Good People
Friday, 14 March 2014
Theatre review: The Boy Who Cried
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Theatre review: Visitors
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Theatre review: I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole
by recent standards) title of I'd Rather Goya Robbed Me Of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole, Rodrigo Garcia's play, translated here by William Gregory, is a surreal nocturnal ride through Madrid. The title is a bit of a mantra for a man, played by Steffan Rhodri, driven to distraction by insomnia. Rather than be kept awake by the financial and social worries of modern life as he is now, he decides to spend his savings on a wild night culminating in a trip to see Goya's Black Paintings, housed in a museum two blocks away. When he proposes this to his sons though they'd rather go to Disneyland Paris, although for an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old their reasons for wanting to go are rather existential. Not that that's all that's unusual about them.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Theatre review: The Act
Monday, 10 March 2014
Theatre review: Versailles
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Theatre review: The Hard Man
French Riviera exploits it shares a stage with, the Finborough's current alternate show takes us to a Scottish prison cell in the 1970s. One of the writers of The Hard Man, Jimmy Boyle, was still in jail when it was first produced, and when he collaborated with playwright Tom McGrath on what is clearly an autobiographical story. Johnny Byrne (Martin Docherty) narrates the first act from his prison cell, as he goes over his teenage years. Growing up with no prospects, he and his friends Bandit (Adam Harley) and Slugger (Jack McMillan) graduate quickly from petty theft to catching the eye of a local criminal who offers them jobs in his illegal after-hours bars. By the time they're 16 they're well into Glasgow's underworld and Johnny in particular thinks they've outgrown their henchman roles and should be running things - he's also acquired a liking to marking anyone who crosses him by slashing their face with a straight-razor.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Theatre review: Unusual Unions
The Mistress Contract. Inspired by that piece's unorthodox relationship, five writers have been asked to come up with something on the theme of Unusual Unions, and each one of them has contributed, in my opinion, something far superior to the main event. The way this promenade show works is actually very similar to I Do: The audience is colour-coded into "teams," who are led round the building to various areas, so the order anyone saw the plays in is fairly arbitrary and varies from group to group. So, as part of the green team Phill, Andy and I started by being taken to an unused Downstairs dressing room, for Rebecca Lenkiewicz's Anhedonia, directed by Simon Godwin. We meet a girl (Rona Morison) wearing a hijab, although not for the reasons we might expect. A violent incident has left her in a very dark place and interestingly, in contrast to the dramatic cliche, her encounter with the friendly foreman (Nathan Osgood) of a building site she's walked into doesn't leave her in a good place exactly, but it does make her that one step closer to coping. The subtle use of changing pronouns is a clever way of showing how the story develops in Lenkiewicz's powerful little piece.
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Labels: Adele Thomas, Alan Williams, Brian Ferguson, Caroline Steinbeis, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Kieran Hurley, Rachel De-lahay, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Richard Rankin, Sarah Lam, Sarah Ridgeway, Simon Godwin, Tom Wells
Friday, 7 March 2014
Theatre review: Analog.Ue
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Theatre review: Urinetown
PREVIEW DISCLAIMER: I think the press night for Urinetown is sometime next week.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Theatre review: I Do
The Pass' set represented a number of them, but Dante or Die's I Do follows the example of The Hotel Plays and takes us to the real thing. This time it's the Hilton Docklands, and although once again the audience visits a number of rooms, there's one story being told overall: As the title suggests, the rooms have been taken for a wedding, that of Georgina (Rachel Drazek) and Tunde (Tas Emiabata.) On arrival, the audience are split into six groups according to the colour of their lapel rose. This determines the order in which they visit each of the six rooms - the bride's, the groom's, the best man's, the mother of the bride, her grandparents and the honeymoon suite itself, which should be empty - but actually ends up seeing a lot of traffic.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Theatre review: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915
PREVIEW DISCLAIMER: The Bush invites professional critics in tomorrow. Photos below are from the show's rehearsals.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Theatre review: The A-Z of Mrs P
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Theatre review: Variation on a Theme
A Taste of Honey, enjoying a major revival at the National right now, what better time to reevaluate whether Rattigan's offering deserves its ignominious place in history.
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