Quincy meets Crossroads as the latest adaptation of a Peter James thriller, Not Dead Enough, hits the King’s Theatre. Literally. There’s a killer on the loose in Brighton.
After a successful run at the Camden People’s Theatre in 2016, CTRL+ALT+DELETE by Emma Packer returns as part of FIRST Festival of Solo Performance 2017 at the Tristan Bates Theatre. Exploring the myth that mothers are all-loving and protective of their children, which serves to isolate us from the truth and the harsh realities of life, the show suggests that maybe things aren’t as they first appear.
Directed once again by David Mercatali, assisted here by Flore Vialet, the play is currently previewing at the Leicester Square Theatre in their lounge space, ahead of playing the French Fringe Festival in Avignon in the summer. And these previews offer a striking opportunity – not just for the Francophone population in London, but for any fans of Philip Ridley.
In his playtext introduction, Nuclear War writer Simon Stephens talks about the tyranny of authorial intent, sharing the responsibility of interpreting the text amongst the cast, and “kicking the shit out” of what’s been written to produce something like a true artistic collaboration; a licence to free associate on paper and on stage.