Is new writing becoming increasingly literary? Recently, some of the language being used by younger playwrights seems to me to be becoming too subtle, something to be savoured on the page rather than strongly felt in a live performance. Certainly, this is true of Ava Wong Davies’ Graceland, which won the 2022 Ambassador Theatre Group Playwright’s Prize, having been developed as part of an Introduction to Playwriting group at the Royal Court, where it gets a studio production.
Do these two pieces push the idea of audio theatre to its limits? Probably and the results are highly pleasing
Rime of the Second Sister, a sensitive and imaginative audio adventure as part of the Written on the Waves second season, is a wonderful way to complete the series.
What is it? I Will Still Be Whole (When You Rip Me In Half) by Ava Wong Davies, and is part of a double bill at the Bunker Theatre.
Following the success of his first season at The Bunker, artistic director Chris Sonnex’s new season cements his vision for the theatre, representing and sharing the stories of its community.