Arousing and disturbing in equal measures, English Touring Theatre’s production of Equus stirs the senses as much as engages the brain.
Katherine Parkinson was not a surprising choice for the joint venture by Avalon and BBC Arts whereby seasoned creatives were sponsored to write for the stage. Although her script for Sitting was the only actually successful project, seen last year on the Edinburgh Fringe and now refreshed and revived at the Arcola.
Emma Dennis-Edwards has created a character that gets under your skin in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre. You laugh with her, feel for her and desperately want someone to ask the right questions and be there for her.
Director Josie Rourke ends her tenure at the Donmar Warehouse with a hip revival of Sweet Charity that pushes Anne-Marie Duff out of her comfort zone and shows a new side to Adrian Lester.
In Dougie Blaxland’s fascinating new play, The Long Walk Back, currently on a national tour, we see former England cricket international Chris Lewis (Martin Edwards) contemplating his life from his prison cell alongside his cellmate/angel/devil on his shoulder (Scott Bayliss).
Overall, All You Need is Love might not offer any major surprises, but it is still a warm and nostalgic show that will be enjoyed by fans of The Beatles.
Night of the Living Dead is an instantly recognisable title; George Romero basically kick-started the zombie genre in his 1968 flick, though they were just ‘ghouls’ then, a moniker adhered to in this: Night of the Living Dead Live.
Angelique’s story in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre is one that demands action and puts accountability on adults who work with young people. An excellently written, important story for our times.
Following Melly Still’s moving and visually stunning production of The Lovely Bones last year, I had high hopes for her latest literary adaptation, Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994).
Amelie is a magical show; with puppets, flying lampshades, a singing gnome and terrifying figs. I couldn’t fault it, and judging from the audience reaction, they couldn’t either.