David Mercatali’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf though long finds layer after layer in the lashings of marital discord.
Set in a hotel room in 1954, the play brings together The Professor, The Senator, The Actress and The Ballplayer. None are actually named (“There’s a price to pay for fame; your name’s the price.”)
While not Political Plays per se, over the past fortnight, I’ve seen several productions that have reminded me that theatre can play an important part in telling stories of resistance.
st as playwright James Graham has made a name with plays based on recent real events with a political dimension, similarly, a recurring theme within Terry Johnson’s oeuvre is the untold story of famous people
Terry Johnson’s play is a bit of a puzzler as it explores the science behind relativity, the perils of fame and their personal lives through a series of conversations that begin to feel increasingly muddled.
Insignificance radiates current themes. The age of nuclear dread is back, after all, and Einstein’s regret about what his discoveries led to, sharp at the play’s end, is for us too. America is again producing rightist thugs with a morbid dread of the unAmerican world; only instead of McCarthyist accusations today we have fake news.
How has our response to Philip Ridley’s rage-filled Tonight With Donny Stixx changed since the ‘halcyon days’ of 2015 when it was first staged? Ridley, director David Mercatali and star Sean Michael Verey discuss with Terri Paddock and the audience at the Bunker Theatre.
Sean Micheal Verey’s performance is outstanding, especially as he rattles through multiple characters in the blink of an eye. Recommended.
This revival of Caryl Churchill’s 1997 Royal Court original is another grand example of the astuteness of Paul Miller. A co-production this time with Bristol’s acclaimed Tobacco Factory Theatre, such collaborations have allowed him to take many more risks than would probably have been the case going it alone.
As part of her post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to award-winning playwright Philip Ridley about his explosive new one-man play TONIGHT WITH DONNY STIXX on Thursday 17 November 2016 – plus director David Mercatali and star Sean Michael Verey. Got any questions? Book tickets to join her via the links below.
Great revival of Caryl Churchill’s classic 1990s double bill is theatrically thrilling and emotionally true.
The Bunker Theatre in association with Metal Rabbit will present the London transfer of the critically acclaimed 2015 Edinburgh Festival sell-out To
New immersive experience tells its story of people trafficking with considerable power and imagination.
For anyone in doubt of how immigrants would go to start a new life in a different country need to get themselves to the Arcola Theatre to see this brutal and horrifying play….
Empathy is an important word in theatre. Compassion and human connection are at the forefront of what makes good theatre work, and my own starting point for any piece of theatre I may work on is ‘what does it make me feel?’ This was definitely the driving factor behind my decision to stage Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo at the Arcola this July.