Benedict Lombe’s new play Lava is semi-autobiographical and full of activism and difficult moments, alongside a story railing against Kafkaesque bureaucracy.
The latest example of this problematic switch from stage to screen is the strongly acted Shook, Samuel Bailey’s debut play, which won the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize and had a run at the Southwark Playhouse in November of that year.
Following a critically acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse, a transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios was in progress when lockdown intervened. Shook has now emerged in a filmed version so we can see what the “noise” was all about. And it’s a noise that is well worth your time.
Sarah Kosar’s new play Armadillo at the Yard Theatre, about guns and power, is an edge-of-your seat experience which is both frightening and troubling.
New play Eden at the Hampstead Theatre, about corporate capitalism and local resistance, is let down by poor and unbelievable writing.
Philip Correia’s Hyem is a haven for those who don’t belong, pre-judged by their inability to fit in. Mick (Patrick Driver) is one such individual, ostracised by his community because of the abnormal household he keeps.