My Country: A Work in Progress is an oral tapestry woven by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy from knitted squares of conversation collected by National Theatre researchers from pockets of population across the country around the Brexit referendum in June 2016.
The theatre element of the Edinburgh International Film Festival got off to a cracking start on Thursday, with This Story of Yours the first of three one-off rehearsed script readings in Traverse 1. In This Story of Yours, film director Gerard Johnson links up again with Peter Ferdinando – who stared in his films Tony (2009) and Hyena (2014).
Said it before so let’s say it again and this time hope they put it on the posters: “Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam is the best ‘gay play’ since My Night With Reg” – a clever sharply-observed comedy riffing on gender fluidity with dry wit and crackling dialogue and which has now set new standards for the genre.
Miller’s 1949 depiction of the ageing, failing salesman Willy Loman as he struggles to comes to terms with the death of his dreams – and perhaps of The American Dream itself – has only gained in stature over the years. What some regarded as a merely a Marxist- derived critique of the US way of life has come to seem as much like high tragedy as anything English-speaking theatre has produced in the last century.
Let’s make one thing clear: this show is epically crazy. Jim Steinman’s rock musical is like nothing else currently on any West End stage. It feels like a rollercoaster ride where things are constantly being thrown at you from every direction: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly sides of rock music are all thrown together to create a show like no other.