For anyone who has been under a rock for the last couple of years in London theatre, this stripping back to the essence of a classic is one of Marianne Elliott’s (many) talents. And here with Death of a Salesman, with co-director Miranda Cromwell, the play is written again from the ground up. Without changing a word.
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It is not to diminish the historical elements, the research and indeed the politics of the play, to say that its power and its joy is in storytelling.
I thank all the theatre I’ve endured that has perhaps made me a better person, but in future I’ll be asking first just how much joy it’s going to bring me, and if I’m perhaps better off elsewhere.
On the top layer, Waitress is sweet and fun with beautiful ingredients in the form of a stellar cast. But dig a little deeper and we find there are a lot more layers to the pie.
I could have written a rave review of Come from Away. But what I couldn’t get out of my head was how important a piece it feels in terms of recording history. As a former history teacher, and as an academic who looks at theatre’s response to real-world events… I wrote an essay instead.
Fascinating All About Eve is, engaging perhaps not always. But anyone hoping for the same level of emotional payoff that Anderson’s other stage roles have demonstrated will likely end up frustrated with Eve.
I’ve spent this last couple of weeks thinking about Rent a lot. It’s not unusual to think about Rent. For me it’s always kind of there, in the background.
I wanted to record all the productions in 2018 that had had a profound impact on me, so here is the collection that will be with me for a long time.
Emily Garside rounds up her Top 10 shows of 2018.
The Other Room has established itself as the Channel 4 of Christmas in Cardiff, with its alternative Christmas show. And this year, up and coming company Big Loop is resident with Cheer.
Directed with intelligence, and a clear passion from Matthew Holmquist and with writing that balances a particular brand of Cardiff humour with universal themes and important questions, Cardiff Boy is an engaging yet emotional piece of work that is beautifully created and performed.
Tuck takes us on a journey of sequins and glitter that eventually blur through tears. It’s fierce and fabulous and goes out fighting.
The moment Company opened younger audiences who had never seen it before similarly lamented that it could ever have been done with a man. ‘But it’s a woman’s story’. And for 2018 it is. It could only be.
If Isley Lynn’s Skin A Cat teaches us anything it’s to be bold in talking about everything about sex, especially for women.
Eugenius! manages that perfect balance of pop music and musical theatre- storytelling through song but with an infectious and catchy side.
Allan Neve’s play is an exploration of a father-daughter life over the decades. Starting when daughter Lucy (Georgia Theodoulou) comes home to look after her father Charlie (Keiron Self), a series of intertwined monologues tell their story of past and present.
This reading of The Destiny of Me was a rare (especially for a Brit) opportunity to see this rarely performed play. The fact Kramer has done re-writes gives me hope there will be a production somewhere, sometime in the future.
The Boys in the Band is known for being the “first gay play”. Obviously not the first by any stretch it was, however, the first commercially successful, and if you will ‘mainstream’ gay play. It also was one of few to reach that status before the AIDS epidemic hit and changed the gay community.
I like to spend time unpacking a play and in particular the writing a little more. So here is my not-review of Brad Birch’s new play Tremor at the Sherman Theatre.
What the discussion about Julius Caesar led me to conclude was that in fact, the best thing about this production was that it offered you a choice. A means to experience this semi-immersive production, even if being ‘immersed’ is not your thing.
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