The concept is like a Doctor Who plot opened up beyond the confines of a genre, to encompass limitless possibilities. It is both enthralling and disturbing.
Though a master of testing the theatrical limits of space and time, the first half of Alistair McDowall’s latest play unfolds like a straightforward Gothic thriller.
Bizarre, beautiful and breathtaking – time-travelling fantasia boasts a brilliant staging and a spoof playtext essay.
Alistair McDowall’s The Glow at the Royal Court is a play I’ve had to ponder – a lot – and I still don’t have any firm conclusions.
Flirting with darkness, Theatre Paradok’s production of Alistair McDowall’s Pomona is well performed, but ultimately more staid than it first appears.
Rare anniversary revival of Heathcote Williams’s 1966 short is very powerful, if a bit too shouty in parts.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
New play about a lost teenage youth has an impressive production, but is thin on plot and character.
Alistair McDowall’s follow up to his big 2014 hit Pomona is less dazzling, but more emotionally desolate and ambiguous.
Alistair McDowall’s Pomona was one of the best things I saw last year, after it transferred to the National. Like many others I eagerly awaited his latest work, X, at the Royal Court. Set on a research station on Pluto some time in the future after all the trees and birds have died on earth, the team of four (or is it five?) have been forgotten. Or maybe there’s been an apocalypse on Earth. Or they’ve been deliberately left. We never find out. When the clock they live their life by breaks, everything else around and within them collapses. The longer they’re out there, the less real things become.
Alistair McDowall’s new play has premiered at the Royal Court Theatre – what have critics made of it? X continues until 7 May 2016.
We are in the melamine mess-room of a space pod on the dead, black planet Pluto, with a crew of five. Unless one of them is a delusion of the nervy second-in-command Gilda (Jessica Raine). The captain is Darrell D’Silva, always a treat, especially here since he is the only one who remembers living trees and birdsong back on now-blighted earth.
In 2016 the Royal Court Theatre celebrates its 60th birthday by looking towards the future. The new season includes six world premieres, five UK and worldwide collaborations, one European premiere, a major collaboration with LIFT, a partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, the return of Open Court and ongoing work in Tottenham and Pimlico. Caryl Churchill starts the year with ESCAPED ALONE, …