Recalling the year past, which is de rigueur for those of us who have spent too many nights in darkened rooms, I’m struck again by the richness and talent of so many shows I’ve seen, particularly in the smaller and Off-West End and Fringe venues.
I started the year intending to see fewer shows than in 2015, when I made 304 visits to the theatre – but, somehow, I seem have crept up to 332 for 2016. The only consolation is that it is still some way off the high water mark of 2014… 383.
Ahead of rounding up various publications #theatre2016 highlights, I’m taking a moment to reflect on my own theatregoing year and my favourite plays, musicals, performances and other events.
Owen Sheers’ acclaimed play about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pink Mist, launches a two-month tour in the new year. The production will open on 23 January 2017 at Bristol Old Vic, where the play first premiered in 2015 before a transfer to London’s Bush Theatre.
The plays I like to direct tend to feature people being forced by their natures and circumstances into a conflict they can’t avoid. Since, one way or another, life seems sooner or later to plonk most of us into that boat, it feels natural to conclude that one reason we go to the theatre is to bear witness to the tough stuff of being human.
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Some personal play recommendations – plus thoughts, tweets and a few #theatreselfies: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National, Rabbit Hole at Hampstead, Pink Mist at the Bush and One of Those at Tristan Bates.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss new plays: Pink Mist at the Bush, Yen at the Royal Court Upstairs, Iphigenia in Splott at the National and One of Those at Tristan Bates Theatre.
New Welsh monologue focuses on the sacrifices demanded from its young female heroine, but what are its politics?
Verse play about British soldiers returning from Afghanistan is harrowing and moving, but perhaps a touch too polished.