Julius Caesar at the Courtyard Theatre is a muddled attempt to shock that quickly wears thin – and doesn’t seem to have anything to say.
The Courtyard’s revival of Roy Mitchell’s Care, last produced in 1983 at the Royal Court Upstairs and now presented by the Angus McKay Foundation, interrogates a fraught young couple living in Birmingham in the 1970s. Childlike in their domestic play – bouncing between football, music, comic books and sex – each lover attempts to survive the other’s presence over a long Easter weekend.
Three young women, three short solo performance pieces, three stories of vulnerability make bare., a thematically linked evening of new writing. Each of the three mini-plays has a distinct style and is performed by the writer. They vary in the quality of writing and inventiveness, and feel very new – more like scratch performances rather than finished pieces.
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You know when you’re fumbling in the dark with the theatre programme and holding it up to the stage light to find the bit that says ‘based on a true story’ ? Well, that. Death Row Cowboy has such a realistic feel of documentary or journalistic theatre that I wondered for a moment why I’d […]
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