Andrew Maddock is one of my favourite new writers. He seems to focus on people, rather than characters and stories over storylines. His new play He(art), produced by Lonesome Schoolboy, is about four people and two stories.
Thick and Thin’s comedy about a zombie outbreak and the pharma industry feels like an extended comedy sketch but it has a lot of potential to be a funny and clever look at healthcare in a capitalist world.MediBite provides expensive medicine to those who are desperate to avoid the ‘contamination’.
Shiny Pin Productions, in partnership with the Park Theatre’s The Albatross 3rd & Main is a gritty black comedy looking at US federal law, crime and golden eagles. Does it soar or is the turkey that surrounding the eagle?
Much like the play’s own traumatised characters, Stuart Slade’s BU21 feels precarious, but ultimately achieves great depth through cathartic honesty. The intimate six-hander, now playing at Trafalgar Studios after a successful run at Theatre503, tells the story of six people who have been scarred by a terrorist attack on flight BU21 (a fictional attack that takes place in the very-near future).
Veterans Day is appropriately timed revival that shows not much has changed when dealing with members of the armed services post-conflict.
The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Tony Harrison’s 1998 will either divide or conquer its audience with its intense performances and its rhyming couplets.
I failed to really research this production prior to seeing it. I waltzed in with my double G&T expecting an Edwardian drama about two Oxford dons in the Egyptian Desert I was soon surprised to get swearing, fake penises and rhyming couplets.
An Inspector Calls is a haunting look at the gaps in society and this production is a timely and important reminder that not much has changed since its 1912 setting, its 1945 premiere or even when it debuted as a production in 1992 at the National Theatre.
Much has, and will, be written about Riley’s performance, specifically her vocals, and rightly so. But this is no one-woman show. Director Casey Nicholaw has assembled a supremely (geddit) talented cast showcasing some of our best actors of colour.
The trust that runs Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre has announced best-selling Trainspotting author – and locally born – Irvine Welsh as its Patron. Welsh has issued a message of support for the theatre.
My blog has only been going since April 2016 so it isn’t a comprehensive look at the hits and misses of the year. I saw 80 shows this year, across London and the South East of England.
Kiki’s Delivery Service, based on Eiko Kadono’s novel and adapted by Jessican Sian, owes a lot to Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time but it is a fun, and times moving, piece of theatre.