The Writer makes a strong case for theatre as a place to debate the most urgent issues of the day and prove that, for some women, experimenting with form is not an option, but a necessity.
The Writer is and should be a show that will divide audiences, but while the piece is pointed social commentary, it also has dramatic flaws that start to put out its own fire.
In The Writer the bastards (the patriarchy) are also in charge of the arts: ruining creative women’s holy myths by mentioning squalid things like the need to sell tickets for the Sacred Space that is Theatre.
Samuel West, Michael Gould and Lara Rossi will join the previously announced Romola Garai in the world premiere of Ella Hickson’s The Writer at the Almeida Theatre, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
Thinking about this most well-received of plays, it is the role of Aunt Maggie Faraway who lingers most in my mind, the elegiac beauty of her speeches an elegant way of folding in traditions of Irish storytelling and emphasising the deep bonds of family.
Helen Edmundson’s play is a study in humanity’s need for dominance, especially as much as it is a historical romp.
Emma Cunniffe and Romola Garai star in Helen Edmundson’s play Queen Anne. The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Natalie Abrahami, continues at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket until 30 September 2017. Here’s what critics have been saying about it.
Edmundson’s delicate rhythm and powerful bursts of monosyllable (“What mean the Scots? What irks them now?”) are as fresh and sharp as ever. Don’t miss it.
The full cast has been announced today that will join, Romola Garai (as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough) and Emma Cunniffe as the eponymous monarch in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne in the West End.
Romola Garai will star as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough alongside Emma Cunniffe as the eponymous monarch in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Queen Anne in the West End.
Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran today announced the company’s winter 2017 season, including the world premiere of Imperium, an epic, two-part page-to-stage adaptation of Robert Harris‘ best-selling novels about Roman politician Cicero, adapted by Wolf Hall‘s Mike Poulton and directed by Doran, and the West End transfer of Helen Edmundson‘s new play Queen Anne, starring Romola Garai and Emma …
This week the AULTP bloggers discuss two Measure for Measures, at the Globe versus the Young Vic, Trevor Nunn’s revival of Shakespearean epic The Wars of The Roses, and new comedy Dinner with Saddam.
Shakespeare’s strangest and nastiest play is a kind of black farce where the reckless dash to redemption makes the redemption itself – forgiveness, reconciliation, all is sort of forgiven – seem like an afterthought. Joe Hill-Gibbins is having none of it and dives into the play’s intractable vision of a city, a culture, a world, caught in a spiral of skewed morality with almost indecent relish. It’s all noise and garage music and a tangle of exhausted blow-up sex dolls. And it moves so fast (1 hour 50, no interval) that the lines between sin and retribution and perpetually blurred.
Sex is at this play’s core. But it’s not sexy in the slightest. It’s a means of leverage, abuse, it’s a crime, a threat. Each of the 50 or so plastic sex dolls strewn across the stage make you want to stew in hot bleach. You can taste the immorality of this Vienna.
The Young Vic has today (14 August 2015) announced new casting for several of its upcoming productions, including: John Heffernan as Macbeth, Anna Maxwell Martin as Lady Macbeth in Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin’s production Paul Ready and Zubin Varla join Romola Garai in Measure for Measure directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins – additional performances on sale now Emily Barclay and …