Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
Ruby Thomas’ experimental debut play Either is an intriguing questioning of gender identity that retains an air of politeness.
The Paines Plough Roundabout is the most reliable, new writing venues at the fringe. With a collection of work that represents the width and breadth of the UK both geographically and thematically, this year’s offerings are universally strong.
An Honourable Man, the debut play from Westminster insider Michael McManus, is undoubtedly “a political play with a difference”, declares Terry Eastham in his four-star praise for the premiere production at the White Bear Theatre. What have other critics – including Mates Libby Purves (Theatre Cat), Anne Cox (Stage Review) and Emma Clarendon (Love London Love Culture) – been saying? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights below. Time to get booking!
After a try-out in June, the Popular People’s Movement has returned to the White Bear Theatre en route to Westminster (or perhaps the West End?) care of An Honourable Man, a frighteningly timely new political drama written by Parliamentary insider Michael McManus. Check out our first-look production photos gallery – and then get booking!
Populism, patriotism, political theatre, predictions for Brexit and the fast-paced nature of life-imitating-art-imitating-life were amongst the topics covered in an incredibly good-natured discussion across a wide partisan spectrum at the post-show debate I chaired for the premiere production of An Honourable Man.
Politics seems crazy everywhere at the moment. How much crazier could it get here in the UK? Political adviser and author Michael McManus’s debut play An Honourable Man considers how populism might upend everything. In the first instalment of a featured video series, watch our interviews with McManus and director Jolley Gosnold. Time to get booking!
Political adviser and author Michael McManus makes his playwriting debut with An Honourable Man, the story of how Momentum’s attempt to deselect a mainstream Labour MP unleashes a populist uprising. The up-to-the-minute play, that has Westminster commentators buzzing, gets its world premiere this month at London’s White Bear Theatre.
Covering both contemporary experience and historical background, debbie tucker green’s Ear for Eye at the Royal Court feels like an instant classic. But it’s not an easy watch.
Using the word ‘strong’ to describe women and girls is redundant. Putting up with all the trash that women have to deal with as a result of their gender, on top of everything else life throws at them, makes them strong by default.
There are great intentions at work here, but the initial concept is flawed – ultimately it undermines the power that the internet and technology gives to the alt-right.
Quiz transfers to the Noel Coward from Chichester Festival Theatre’s increasingly successful and relatively small Minerva Theatre. Sadly, there is a sense that something is lost in the upscale.
In his audacious new play Devil With The Blue Dress, Kevin Armento examines five women’s accounts leading up to – and resulting in – President Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.
With its episode of a game of blind man’s bluff being both very funny and rather horrible, this is a Birthday Party for a generation brought up on The League of Gentlemen.
The sickly, yellow lights of a featureless meeting room are making Serge thirsty. He just wants some water, to tell his story and get back home to Streatham.
A second, transatlantic viewing proves just how thoroughly the production theatricalises addicts’ experiences in order to generate audience empathy with the struggle to overcome addiction.
This pro-immigration, hip-hop reinvention of the all-American musical about a country gaining independence from a distant, tyrannical overlord resonates rather differently in Brexit Britain than it does in America. Forget the NHS bus – could Hamilton be the new symbol of the Leave campaign?