For three years, #ReadaPlayaWeek was a, well, weekly feature of our blog. Starting out as a way to familiarise myself more with the canon, long-established and establishment writers were a regular feature.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
At its’s best Fiona Doyle’s text is an ambitious, theatrically exciting and fast-moving panorama which conveys something of the breath-taking scope of contemporary migration, as well as details of its horrors.
Artistic director Edward Hall has announced Hampstead Theatre’s spring/summer season, comprising three premiere plays: The UK premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s darkly comic post-truth play Describe the Night will be directed by Lisa Spirling. The world premiere of Jemma Kennedy’s blisteringly entertaining Genesis Inc. will be directed by Laurie Sansom. The world premiere of Fiona Doyle’s haunting and provocative new drama …
Abigail has just opened at The Bunker, London’s newest theatre in the heart of London Bridge. Despite having been open for just four months 110 seat venue has already made an impressive splash in the Capital’s theatrical scene.
Fractured timelines can be an interesting way to tell a story – fragmented shards of drama shuffled in a non-linear narrative, forcing audiences to piece together a throughline to the truth, such as it may exist. But in these cases, we are very much at the mercy of playwrights actually providing enough information to reconstruct enough of a plot. And sad to say, I’m not too sure that Fiona Doyle’s Abigail actually does that.
This world premiere production leaves the audience with more questions than answers and looks at the lengths people would go to for control. There is certainly a lot of freedom to explore the many different directions this intense, gripping but not straightforward play by Fiona Doyle.
A brand new theatre, named The Bunker, is opening in a former underground car park in Southwark Street, with an inaugural season that includes new drama from Philip Ridley and a world premiere British musical, Muted.