Review

LOVE, National Theatre - Review

Over the past year there has been a public debate about the relevance of theatre to people in the UK today, especially for the disenfranchised and given the way the referendum turned out. On the evidence of LOVE, theatre is more relevant than it has ever been, across all stratum of society.

Author's review: 
5

LAURA, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” So goes the old adage.

Author's review: 
0

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

The Snow Queen - Review

“All you need is your heart”

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

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