It is still a shock to discover the history lesson that Daniel York Loh has in store for us in Forgotten 遗忘 at the Arcola Theatre.
Thanks to two blisteringly good performances from Kae Alexander and Kirsty as the two sisters, the key themes of faith, loyalty, and the role of sacrifice and self-sacrifice for the ones we love, are dramatised beautifully by director Indu Rubasingham who builds up the tension wonderfully in The Great Wave.
Based on the eye-opening true stories of Japanese people abducted by the North Korean regime, in order for them to train spies and saboteurs, Great Wave expresses thrilling feelings of loss, guilt and partial redemption. The Great Wave really roars.
I’m fully on board with Yellow Earth Theatre’s objectives of identifying and investing in British East Asian emerging and established actors, writers and directors, so it does pain me a little that their production of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine didn’t quite do it for me.
PLAY – The Subterranean Season takes in plays 23-26 in their ever-growing programme of short plays, devised in just two weeks by a collaboration of writers, directors and actors up for the challenge of creating something sparklingly, spankingly, brand new and fresh.
Established now as one of the major arts festivals in London, VAULT Festival returns from 25 January to 5 March 2017 at its original home beneath Waterloo Station and, for the first time, at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley College.