Folk by Nell Leyshon tells the true story of Cecil Sharp, the musicologist and collector of English folk music at the turn of the 20th century who was responsible for kick starting the revival of interest in traditional songs.
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Two intricately constructed online pieces from Chronic Insanity push at the current boundary definitions of theatre.
Sometimes good things DO come in small packages – a pair of mini musicals, Suddenly and Cells, make a pleasurable watch.
A Killer Party is a camp musical comedy murder mystery based around the world of showbiz – what’s not to like?
For The Secret Connection Dr Will Houstoun has taken his act online and threaded together various tricks and illusions to baffle and delight.
Philip Ridley’s Tarantula is another stunning showcase for a young actor who commands the stage and leaves the viewer exhausted – in a good way.
The practice of “greenwashing” is examined in Money, a pertinent interactive drama from new company represent.
The vibrant culture of the Notting Hill Carnival is celebrated and examined in Yasmin Joseph’s play about three young women, J’Ouvert.
Adam by Frances Poet was originally commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland and is now showing as part of the BBC Lights Up Festival.
Both Benedict Salter and Joshua Oakes-Rogers have created complex characters and handle the cut and thrust of Barry McStay’s dialogue with aplomb in Vespertilio.
Having missed the National Theatre production of Medea in the theatre I was pleased to catch up with it and, especially, Helen McCrory’s performance for she was on blistering form.
On World Earth Day today this new piece from the creative collective GymJam, Anthropocene: The Human Era, makes its points in an unusual way.
Harm by Phoebe Eclair-Powell was due to run at London’s Bush Theatre last spring but has now been remade for the small screen.
Writer/performer Jack Holden’s full on powerhouse performance in Cruise will hold you in awe for 90 minutes.
Directors Sid Phoenix and David Alwyn have delivered the goods once again for CtrlAltRepeat with The Temporal Society providing a mind-blowing evening which more than stimulates “the little grey cells”.
Written skilfully by Katherine Parkinson, Sitting thankfully mixes up the monologue format a little to provoke interest and show that there’s life in the formula yet.
Lights Up has performed a valuable service in rescuing David Ireland’s latest piece Sadie from oblivion.
Julia Grogan’s Playfight, the winner of the 2020 ETPEP Award, is given a rehearsed reading online directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Thirty-eight Shakespeare plays in a year, that was the aim, and the project is completed by The Two Noble Kinsmen as performed at the Globe Theatre in a 2018 production helmed by Barrie Rutter.
Two horror based audio plays/experiences, Monster and Hairy Hands FM, use sound to full effect to creep you out.
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