Arnika at the Bridewell Theatre offers a cultural bridge to the perspectives and performing styles of a European theatre we are in danger of forgetting, along with much else. Théâtre Volière just needs to strip it back and give their physical theatre skills room to breathe.
After Chivaree Circus’ No Show last year which highlighted the frustrations of female circus artists, the presence of such skilled performers in Becoming Shades at the VAULT Festival, a piece devised for them, feels like the future of circus.
What makes KEN really work is the feeling that we have been granted a genuine glimpse of the real Ken Campbell, a rare insight into why he mattered. Johnson’s play at The Bunker does not just tell us that he was special, he convinces us.
Jessica Lazar’s production of East is imaginatively directed, satisfyingly choreographed and acted with commitment by a talented cast within the tight boundaries of the King’s Head Theatre’s postage stamp stage.
The action is tightly choreographed, with the nine-strong cast playing multiple characters in a black and white world, wearing black and white costumes and performing in black box speckled with white stars and occasionally, on a television set.
Blanche McIntyre’s production features a fine performance from David Troughton in the title role. His performance as Titus, intensely watchable, is wracked with grief and both real and staged insanity.
Albion has strong writing, intriguing characters and one barn-storming lead role. However, it is also flabby, predictable and clichéd so, despite its various strengths, it amounts to a frustrating evening.