Rocky Rodriquez Jnr’s Bed Peace is a potentially fascinating area of examination, but unfortunately, Rodriquez’s production is all a bit of a mess.
Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever, a dark look at the bureaucracy of being poor and vulnerable, is not an easy watch.
Killymuck, looking at life for a Northern Irish working-class woman living amongst the Troubles, isn’t just a moving portrayal of the past but a worrying reminder of how little has changed for those facing poverty.
Lionel Bart’s love letter to Liverpool is an interesting choice of revival. Originally performed at the Adelphi in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania and the Merseybeat, Bart claims he came up with the concept before anyone had even heard of the Beatles.
Romance Romance, the all-male gay musical which opened at the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall, is a beautiful and ornate chocolate box of a production.
There’s something very timely in Angry Alan, Penelope Skinner’s portrait of a lost man finding refuge in the “men’s rights movement”.
Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners is rightly regarded as a classic, so we must give thanks for Ayesha Casley-Hayford and Kudzanayi Chiwawa coming along and giving The Importance of Being Earnest a new lease of life, with the backing of Two Gents Productions and Tara Arts.
A fixture in London and the Edinburgh Fringe, Austentatious is an eight-strong troupe of comic improvisers, creating a fully improvised story at each performance in the style of Jane Austen.
Belarus Free Theatre’s immersive adaptation of Counting Sheep provides a truly emotional, interactive and interesting story whether you lived through it or you are learning about this for the very first time.
Michael Barry’s celebration of a great interrogative intellect, The First Modern Man, can only work if the central performance manages to convey the imagined charm of a florid and thoughtful writer, with enough biographical detail and introspection to round out the thinker. It succeeds.