Classic or contemporary, current theatre in London, on the Fringe and across the UK could never be accused of not tackling current political and social topics, and in the current climate we need that kind of debate more than ever.
It makes us appreciate the intelligent analysis of our contributors at My Theatre Mates, those 40-plus affiliated bloggers who cover such a wide range of locations and styles. From cabaret to circus, from straight drama to musical theatre, from immersive theatre to opera and dance.
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (2-9 June 2019). Amidst her top choices are Maryam Philpott’s journey back to a time of political optimism in The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studios and Emma Clarendon’s visit to the emotionally raw Custody at the Ovalhouse Theatre which looks at police treatment of black males.
Elsewhere, Shanine Shalom, Anne Cox, Michael Davis, Liz Dyer and Daniel Shipman also offer us their reflections on writing which thankfully asks questions about age-old society problems which constantly need addressing.