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HEDDA GABLER, National Theatre - Review

Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler is not an 'easy' play. On the surface its central character exhibits anti-social tendencies, but her actions in the latter half of the play are unconscionable. But nothing exists in a vacuum and the reasons for her 'lack of empathy' provide illuminating psychological insights.

Author's review: 
4

The Collective Project 2016, Tristan Bates Theatre - Review

A parliament of owls, a kindle of kittens, a bevy of ladies, a worship of writers. The collective names for animals and types of people are fascinating and often very funny. Using this as an inspirational jumping off point, the Pensive Federation's Collective Project  offers a diverse selection of humorous and thought-provoking short plays that comment – directly or indirectly – on the nature of groups.

Author's review: 
4

The Snow Queen, Theatre N16 (London) - Review

Certain classic children’s stories automatically make one think of winter or Christmas – John Masefield’s The Box of Delights, Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince, and Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Girl to name but a few. Using another classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale as a jumping off point, Theatre N16’s version of The Snow Queen – which is adapted and directed by Tatty Hennessy with co-direction by Scott Ellis – follows the familiar route of Greta making a northbound trek to try and find her missing brother Kay.

Author's review: 
4

Day Job, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

Devised by female-led Fanny Pack Theatre, and written and directed by Evi Stamatiou, Day Job is a comedy that beneath its humour has some serious comments to make about society’s relationship to work, especially if you’re a woman. Using the bus ride to/from work as a focus point, four women attempt to reconcile the practicalities of work with their long-term aspirations – or at the very least muse over the matter.

Author's review: 
4

Her Aching Heart, Hope Theatre - Review

A successful playwright for the past 40 years, Bryony Lavery needs little introduction. While her plays often having underlying feminist themes and rich in female roles, Lavery's Her Aching Heart (which was originally written in 1992) is a light-hearted affair, perfect for this time of year.

Author's review: 
5

Response to Removal Men Open Letter

Every day our news feeds are dominated by images of suffering. Twenty first century journalism can creep into every dark corner of the world. Where has this left us? I think, in a state of ‘removal’, in a state of numbness. It is saturating our capacity to feel anything. Never has this world needed more the disgusting absurdity of 2016 represented on a stage. And that is why Removal Men is happening.

Author's review: 
0

Flag, Rich Mix - Review

Performance artist Katy Dye explores the thorny issue of patriotism and the layers of meaning associated with the Union Jack – especially in post-referendum Britain.

Author's review: 
4

January listings 2017

The following events in January 2017 are on the whole either written by, organised or directed by women or gender equal productions…

Author's review: 
0

Love, Sex and Other Apps, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

It's been quite a while since I've come across a brand new writer (at least on my radar) who has impressed me with their originality and 'voice'. Michelle Sewell is such a person. Her double bill of plays at Bread & Roses Theatre makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking 90 minutes. I half-expected the evening to jump straight into a play about dating apps, but I was very pleasantly surprised to be confronted by a play that looked at 'love' from an unconventional angle – and something very topical to boot. Both plays were directed by Lydia Parker.

Author's review: 
4

Women Centre Stage: Power Play - New Women, Hampstead Theatre - Review

The early evening slot of Women Centre Space at Hampstead Theatre on 20th November 2016, saw even more people turn up for inspiring, new female-led theatre. The New Women programme featured three very different pieces, but each were as remarkable  as they were entertaining.

Author's review: 
4

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