A finely tuned, rapid fire and utterly compelling 100 minutes of theatre. The Cane challenges, provokes and entertains
In my round-up of theatre in 2017, I warned 2018 that it had “big shoes to fill”. Not only did 2018 not need the door to be opened, but it also didn’t even need anyone to hold its coat.
Chasing Bono is inspiring, beautifully told and full of heart. Inspired programming and highly recommended.
Lisa Carroll’s Papatango shortlisted debut Cuckoo has the subject of identity stamped on its DNA. It raises questions about the value of where you are from and what does moving away from there do to you.
Whilst Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s latest offering yields many strong and a couple of exceptional performances, the ambition and scale never really extends beyond the four pillars of the theatre.
Touching The Void is a theatrical triumph. David Greig, Tom Morris and the team have created a piece of theatre that excels beyond mere adaptation.
The Jungle is theatre at its best: transformative and wholly enveloping. It sucker punches you whilst it is happening and it blooms long after you have left the makeshift Jungle. I was a late arrival. Don’t miss the boat. It’s beautiful.
For a feelgood, heart-racing, toe-tapping story to feel so joyless, despite the best efforts of the cast, seems like a huge wasted opportunity. Reach for the DVD rather than your dancing shoes.
This is an extraordinary theatrical experience given in kindness, strength and bucket loads of humanity that provides a platform for change. Take it up. We need Notes From The Field now more than ever.
In the hands of Sally Cookson, A Monster Calls is an instant classic: a show that transforms both hearts and minds through the magic of authentic storytelling. Go with someone and join the masses who rose to their feet and hugged those near them.