Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
With its almost unbearable ending, Dennis Kelly’s play is a wonderful mix of hilarity and horror. Carey Mulligan is simply brilliant, totally at home on stage in Lyndsey Turner’s well-paced, absorbing and finally utterly compelling production.
This lively revival of Steven Berkoff’s 1975 modern classic is energetically sweaty, if a bit messy as well.
The Treatment has often been ignored, perhaps on account of its large cast, or because of its large scale. Now that the Almeida Theatre has decided to stage this story of how art cannibalises life we have the chance to judge its relevance some 25 years after its premiere.
Updating the classics is not without its pitfalls. How can a modern audience, which has a completely different set of religious beliefs, relate to a 17th-century morality tale in which the lead character behaves badly, and I mean really badly, but gets his comeuppance by being roasted in hell fire?
Despite this, and the freezing temperature of the venue, the Styx, I was struck by how well the work has endured, and how recent global disasters (Syria, Brexit, the refugee crisis) have only served to increase its relevance.
One of the reasons that Philip Ridley is the crown prince of imaginative playwriting is that he came at theatre from leftfield. In the 1980s, he didn’t go to drama school — he went to art college instead. This freed his mind from following established theatre conventions, and so anything was possible.
Latest trio of monologues from Philip Ridley are performed in the dark: both chilling and humorous.
Jamie Lloyd tackles Philip Ridley’s 1991 modern classic — with terrifically immersive results.
Philip Ridley’s 2015 Edinburgh hit comes south trailing clouds of exquisitely excruciating agony.
New short play about sex and shame is partly a campaign tool and partly a plea for openness and understanding.
Twentieth-anniversary revival of 1990s zeitgeist play is flashy, loud and fun, but also lacks emotional connection
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New play about the friendship between two young binge-drinking women is full of vigour, but lacks drama.
A powerful account of the realities of FGM is brilliantly written and superbly staged as an urgent piece of new writing.
New play about a deranged Ulster loyalist begins in hilarity and ends with some horrific violence.
New play from Jack Thorne about one couple’s tragic loss is both excruciating and oddly uplifting
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