All three plays in Chris Bush’s Rock/Paper/Scissors triptych run in Sheffield Theatres’ three spaces simultaneously with one cast. The overall piece is a logistical coup-de-théâtre. It’s also a perfect coming together of space and place in three funny, achingly profound and heartful plays about a city and its people on the cusp of change.
Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play is a raw and physical exploration of how motherhood can be tough, and how some mothers can be failed by the system set up to protect their children.
Following on from the brilliant Emilia, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Mum is a powerfully bracing experience at the Soho Theatre.
There were four wins for Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre at this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The winners were revealed in a lunchtime ceremony at London’s Guildhall.
Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play Machinal may be the story of one woman battling societal pressure but Natalie Abrahami’s production for the Almeida Theatre teases out a more elemental struggle, one which stretches over the majority of the 20th century and by extension, even further.
Machinal is the type of production that only the Almeida seems able to produce, with an inventive vision that simultaneously draws you into the story while still keeping you at arm’s length.
Directed by Natalie Abrahami, Machinal is one of those rediscoveries that reflects the zeitgeist. Written in 1928 by Sophie Treadwell – eight years after all women in the US were allowed to vote – Machinal doesn’t take the plight of women for granted.
Wertenbaker’s play is set on the Winter Hill of the near future, as opposed to the not-so-near past, where a chunk of the land has been sold to developers who are constructing a luxury skyscraper hotel there, set to completely alter the way that the hill dominates the landscape and the town of Bolton below it.