Theatre

Confessional, Southwark Playhouse - Review

There's something about plays set in pubs/bar that naturally brings with it a sense of melancholy and a gathering of disparate characters. Tennessee Williams – long known for writing some of the stage's most iconic female characters – like most artists had his successes and works that were less performed during his lifetime. Tramp Theatre Company have taken Confessional, one of Williams' lesser works – and transposed it to a coastal town in Essex. Starring Lizzie Stanton, she plays Leona Dawson, a beautician who has more than her hands full with her Bill (Gavin Brocker), her fella with the roaming eye. If he wasn't enough to contend with, the play takes place on the anniversary of Leona's brother's death, someone she was once very close to. Still wrought at his passing, she plays Tchaikovsky's Serenade Melancholique on the jukebox because it reminds her of his talents as a musician.

Author's review: 
3

A Taste of Honey.

Formed in 2012 with the vision of bringing celebrated plays to a wider audien

Author's review: 
5

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

Footloose – Musical Theatre Review

One young man’s battle to bring the boogie back to Bomont...

Author's review: 
3

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

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