Ella Road’s resonant new play about genetics, The Phlebotomist, is mostly well-written and gets an exciting staging.
Cougar, a new two-hander about an older woman and a younger man is a bit sketchy, but its theatre form is thrilling.
Tobacco Factory Theatres have well served Bristol festive audiences over the years, including one bona fide theatrical masterpiece in Sally Cookson’s Olivier Award-winning Cinderella. Alas, not every show can have Cookson and not every show can fly, and so it proves with The Borrowers, which resolutely stays grounded.
For his last show at the Bush, Madani Younis has chosen a project close to his heart, Vinay Patel’s An Adventure, an epic reading of one Asian family’s global migration story.
With its great mix of pointed exchanges, convincing plotting, relevant issues, sense of learning from experience and emotional integrity, this is a brilliant production of a truly wonderful play.
Parenthood can be both empowering and fragile and Georgia Christou’s debut Yous Two at the Hampstead Theatre is thrilling for its potential. Definitely a name to watch.
Characterisation from each member of the cast felt natural, beautifully synchronised and there’s a strong sense of unity amongst the ensemble – even when characters’ paths are divided.
The late Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic has a great title for a 1980s feminist drama. In three words she presents the emotional landscape of her play: uncertain, edgy, angsty.
New captive drama is well-written in a symbolic vein that helps to humanise the story behind the headlines.
Scottish Gogol adaptation is a thrillingly contemporary account of damaged masculinity and national identity.