Festival

OIL, Almeida Theatre - Review

Historically, epic tales that span many years and places are told from a male perspective. Yes, there examples to the contrary, but even with stories like Moll Flanders and Anna Karenina, they are examples of a woman not following the path of women in 'polite society'. Tracing the use of oil (as a global means of power from the late 19th - mid-21st century) Carrie Cracknell has artfully brought to life Ella Hickson's pioneering play, which tethers the rise and decline of this fossil fuel with civilisation – and more importantly, a mother's relationship with her daughter.

Author's review: 
4

Left Luggage, Space Arts Centre - Review

Written by Isla Gray, Left Luggage centres on two sisters who have to deal with the funeral arrangements of their late-grandmother.

Author's review: 
4

After Three Sisters, Brockley Jack Theatre Review

Wow! Fringe Theatre at it's best!

Author's review: 
5

A Guide To Second Date Sex, Bread & Roses Theatre - Review

"I would get you a glass but... they're still in the shops."

Author's review: 
4

Dr Faustus, Arts Theatre Review

2016 seems to be the year of Dr Faustus. With Jamie Lloyd’s production over the summer and the RSC’s version which later transferred to the Barbican, I was excited to see Theatrical Niche’s reworking of Marlowe’s dark and gruesome tale. A brave re-working of a traditionally dark and sinful production.

Author's review: 
4

The Autumn Garden, Jermyn Street Theatre - Review

"There are no second acts in American lives." So said F. Scott Fitzgerald. Written by Lillian Hellman, one of the 20th century's most successful female playwrights, The Autumn Garden touches on Fitzgerald's notion of midlife disillusionment – a show replete with a large cast, great female roles and a storyline that also alludes to many of the themes preoccupying the stage in post-War America.

Author's review: 
4

The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure, Bridewell Theatre - Review

There's something about watching a recreated 'wireless' performance performed live that is innately fun, transporting oneself to 70 years ago when radio broadcasters adopted cut-glass accents and Dick Barton: Special Agent was a firm favourite on the wireless. The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure is very much a parody of that phenomenon, replete with a 'knowingness' for a 21st century audience.

Author's review: 
4

Peta Lily: Chastity Belt, Lion & Unicorn Theatre - Review

Going to a Peta Lily show isn't like other. Whether she knows you or not, she'll make a point of saying hello to everyone. This isn't an 'audience'. This is 'friends and family' – some who were beforehand, some who will be by the end.

Author's review: 
4

Octopus, Theatre503 - Review

Ever since the Brexit vote earlier this year, the rise of race-related hate crime in the UK has increased exponentially. In conjunction with this, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has tried (albeit unsuccessfully) to get companies to declare how many non-British personnel they have working them... Afsaneh Gray's play Octopus, which is close to finishing its run at Theatre503 makes for unnerving viewing, as its satrical elements become more prescient by the day.

Author's review: 
4

Tanja, Camden People's Theatre - Review

One of the last times I was at Camden People's Theatre was for E15, a show about vulnerable mothers in Newham who are being rehoused outside of the capital. This week the venue has been home to Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre's show. With its use of verbatim theatre, its themes of the displacement of women and challenging the practices of the status quo, it certainly complements previous productions that highlight the plight of vulnerable women. Written by Rosie MacPherson and directed by Hannah Butterfield, Tanja tells the story of a woman, one of many who are 'housed' at Yarl's Wood detention centre in Befordshire for female asylum seekers.

Author's review: 
4

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