Comedy

Hamlet, Rose Playhouse, Bankside - Review

Arguably the most widely performed play in all the world, Hamlet has seen a myriad interpretations over the years. The present production at the Rose Playhouse, Bankside is directed by Diana Vucane, bringing with it the opportunity to revisit this most famous of plays with a feminine perspective.

Author's review: 
4

Goodnight Polly Jones, Theatre N16 - Review

Written by Andrew Sharpe and directed by Lana MacIver, Goodnight Polly Jones is a play that revels in ambiguity. Ostenisibly about a man who 'crosses the line' with a young woman after a work-related event, the play zips back and forth in time, as we see the events that led up to the incident and the subsequent ramifications.

Author's review: 
3

SKIN A CAT, Vaults Festival - Review

One of the joys in reviewing fringe theatre is coming across up-and-coming talent and championing their work. When there's a lot of good theatre around, this can lead to having new 'favourite' writers every week. This week, my new 'writer to watch' is Isly Lynn. She's been around for some time and had her work performed at most of the mainstream and 'big' fringe venues that you can think of, but for the life of me I've no idea why her plays haven't been on my radar until now. Lynn's Skin A Cat is the first show I've seen at the Vaults Festival in Waterloo this year and I have to say that the rest of the plays there have their work cut out to tick all the boxes like this play does.

Author's review: 
5

COVERAGE, Courtyard Theatre - Review

Over the past couple of weeks, the Courtyard Theatre has hosted a series of plays to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The plays, interestingly, have for the most part explored Shakespeare's women and gender identity – very topical subjects indeed. This week, Riot Act Theatre's latest play runs within the Courtyard's studio space. Written by Ashley Pearson and directed by Whit Hertford (who also directed Dottir) Coverage is a modern transpostion of the play Julius Caesar to contemporary America. Cassius, Senna and Brutus etc, are now U.S. senators, but much of the play is from the point of view of the news networks and the 'office politics' there.

Author's review: 
4

E15, Camden People's Theatre - Review

E15 (which took place last weekend at Camden People's Theatre as part of its Whose London Is It Anyway? season) the tone was one of frustration and urgency. Taking on the form of a march/rally, the room was energised where we felt anything could and would happen.

Author's review: 
4

Shakespeare As You (Might) Like It - Theatre Review

Shook up Shakespeare

A light hearted quadcentenary wake, with games, music, song, poetry and plays, in memoriam of William Shakespeare who shuffled off this mortal coil in 1616.

Author's review: 
3

February Listings 2016

The following productions in February 2016 are on the whole either written by, and / or directed by women or gender equal productions.

Author's review: 
0

CLICKBAIT, Theatre503 - Review

"I'd like to start by saying thay I identify as feminist. For the record, for you all, for posterity, for women: I am a feminist."
Nicola Barker, Clickbait.

Author's review: 
4

AFTER THE BLUE, Jermyn Street Theatre - Review

Written by Natalie Stan, After The Blue is very much a labour of love for Eloise Oliver, who produces and stars in the production. With Matilda Velevitch co-producing the play and Nichole Bird also on stage, After The Blue is very much a female-led production.

Author's review: 
4

January Listings 2016

The following productions in January 2016 are on the whole either written by, and / or directed by women or gender equal productions.

Author's review: 
0

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