Ought To Be Clowns barely saw 250 shows this year, quiet by his standards. And as is the way of these things, here’s a rundown of some of the productions that moved me most…
In the space of just three shows, Out of the Forest Theatre has indisputably become a no-questions-asked do-what-you-can must-see company for me and so by extension, for you too. Now it is the turn of Call Me Fury to weave its theatrical magic at the Hope Theatre.
Call Me Fury is a wonderfully poetic disembowelling of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, as told by the women who were accused of “witchcraft” during the Salem witch trials of 17th century.
Call Me Fury tells what we know of the stories of these women (although there were some men, too). The four-strong cast swoop amongst us in the small, thrust space playing judged and jury, witch, priest and puritan villager.
One of the most successful playwrights in the interwar years, Aimée Stuart has recently been ‘rediscovered’ – leading to Nicolette Kay’s revival of the 1940 play Jeannie.
It has been nearly 80 years since Aimée Stuart’s enchanting and whimsical comedy, Jeannie, has been performed in London so thank god for the Finborough Theatre in staging a revival.