Chasing Bono is inspiring, beautifully told and full of heart. Inspired programming and highly recommended.
We’re counting down to the long-overdue West End premiere of William Gibson’s 1958 Broadway hit Two for the Seesaw, which starts performances at Trafalgar Studios 2 care of Buckland Theatre on 12 July. Sneak a peek into rehearsals with stars Charles Dorfman and Else Bennett and director Gary Condes with our gallery below – and then get booking!
Bursting into The Vaults following a run at the Watermill Theatre and a short UK tour, Tristan Bernays’ musical Teddy transports the audience back to Elephant & Castle in 1958 for a rip-roaring adventure with the Teddy Boys and Girls.
The ridiculously talented duo Molly Chesworth (Josie) and George Parker (Teddy) take on this unique script with such ease and grace that it seems they were born to play the roles.
Set in a hotel room in 1954, the play brings together The Professor, The Senator, The Actress and The Ballplayer. None are actually named (“There’s a price to pay for fame; your name’s the price.”)
Terry Johnson’s Insignificance didn’t happen, but it could have done, such is his attention to detail and understanding of the characters’ intrinsic behavioural patterns.
The script is beautifully crafted, moving at a pace that flits between thundering forward to reflect the fast passage of time and pulling back to uncover a multitude of truths.
Through both characters’ alternating monologues, the audience is given an insight into the harsh reality of George’s calculating, pathological agenda, juxtaposed against Adelaide’s innocence and optimism, which made me want to shout ‘No!’ in warning at the stage.
All The Little Lights is intrinsically sinister, more so when considering the age of the characters involved. These girls are embroiled in a menacing world of prostitution and gang violence, a world that has taken its toll on the older in the bunch.
Thirty years ago in the USA, the parents and grandparents of today’s Twitter trolls and YouTube conspiracy video makers had no choice but to call up their local talk radio station if they wanted a mass audience for their hateful and/or mad views.
Director Gary Condes and actor Charles Dorfman honour the original era and setting of LUV, reiterating its message in a theatre scene where traditional absurdist plays are seen less and less often.
New immersive experience tells its story of people trafficking with considerable power and imagination.
For anyone in doubt of how immigrants would go to start a new life in a different country need to get themselves to the Arcola Theatre to see this brutal and horrifying play….
Does Neil McPherson, artistic director of this fringe venue, have a direct line to the North Korean capital? In an uncanny coincidence he is opening In-Sook Chappell’s new play about everyday life in the Big Brother state in the same week as North Korea has announced that it has tested a hydrogen bomb. Similarly coincidental is the fact that Mia Chung’s You for Me for You, another play on a very similar subject, is still running at the Royal Court. Both of these studio plays paint a very similar picture of the deprivations visited on ordinary citizens.
Sometimes the thing you didn’t want to cross town to see becomes the play you absolutely must recommend. Until they open the new venue in Balham, Theatre 503 is the most tedious fringe journey for me, involving at least two trains and a circuitous bus, but And Then Come the Nightjars was more than worth […]
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