Alistair Beaton’s stage adaptation of Hans Fallada’s critically acclaimed novel Alone in Berlin makes its world premiere at the Royal and Derngate.
Anne Reid and James Bolam star Alistair Beaton’s environmental black comedy FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD on tour.
Fracking is something of a contentious subject in West Sussex, so where better to stage Alistair Beaton’s new comedy Fracked! (or: Please don’t use the word). Littered with references to very recent events (including Boris Johnson and Southern trains) you can’t help but feel the playwright is hidden in the theatre somewhere
You can trust Alistair Beaton to keep a cast learning last-minute lines. Here, just as grace-notes alongside the main theme, are jokes about Brexit, Southern Rail, and the new Foreign Secretary. His central theme, though, in this new satiri-polemico-sitcom, is the cynical, corrupt, socially divisive hypocrisies, political manoeuvring and reasonable anxieties surrounding the technology of shale gas extraction: fracking.
You can blame The Thick of It – Mark Ravenhill’s ferociously foul-mouthed opener revived from 2007 in which a young soldier’s wife deflects the news of his death with c*nt after c*nt really c*n’t hold a candle to the wit and venom of Malcolm Tucker.
A short evening of satirical swipes at politicians, plotters and prophets is only fitfully funny and occasionally sharp.
Hats off to Out of Joint, for bringing politics into the heart of the West End. Political satire is meant to be provocative – and it certainly provoked me!
Here’s a sharp one, beautifully suited to what is not only a Referendum season but one in which both main political parties are more than likely to do mischief to their leaders. We can’t rely only on nervous broadcasters and weary quiz-teams for performed political satire, so hats off to the Arts: whose historic shabbiness pleasingly channels a nicely threadbare Corbyn vibe.
Alistair Beaton, the author of The Accidental Leader, one of five short plays now running at the Arts Theatre in London under the collective title A View from Islington North, wonders whether previews have had their day. And hopes they haven’t.
Casting has been announced for A VIEW FROM ISLINGTON NORTH, an evening of imaginative, provocative and hilarious political satire from some of the UK’s most celebrated playwrights, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, playing at the Arts Theatre in London from 18 May until 2 July 2016, with a press night on 24 May.
Jonathan Church and Alan Finch announce the Chichester Festival Theatre 2016 season – the last under their leadership as Artistic Director and Executive Director.