At 53, Simon Evans isn’t so different from circuit comedians half his age – a rhetorical stream of invective squirted squarely at current events, with the exception that he speaks entirely in well-honed sentences, not an er, ah or um in sight
Simon Evans and David Aula have written and are performing in not one but two shows back to back at the Fringe: The Vanishing Man and The Extinction Event.
Not content with performing one play at the Edinburgh Fringe director/performers Simon Evans and David Aula are performing two – back to back. The two plays – The Vanishing Man and The Extinction Event – are described as a ‘marriage of poignant theatre and spellbinding close-up magic’.
Brendan Coyle will star in the Donmar Warehouse production of St Nicholas, a chilling one-man play by Conor McPherson, directed by Simon Evans, marking the first time McPherson and Coyle have collaborated since The Weir, for which both received Olivier Awards.
Arguably, the revival of a 25-year-old script is done for one of two reasons; either its excellent writing simply entertains, or it is pertinent to today’s societal trends. With Killer Joe, the rationale is unclear.
Killer Joe is definitely not an easy watch but thanks to the solid chemistry and performances from the cast it is a compelling production to watch that leaves the audience feeling on edge. Gripping, thrilling and powerful from beginning to end.
For Tracy Letts’ first play, it is almost perfectly structured and paced. Each dark twist in Killer Joe is unravelled delicately, each scene is a steadily heating pressure cooker. And the dialogue! Cutting, mean-spirited and genuinely witty.
Details have been revealed of the full cast joining Hollywood star Orlando Bloom who will star as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic thriller Killer Joe in the West End.
Orlando Bloom returns to the West End after more than a decade to star as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in a new production of multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ blackly comic 1993 thriller, Killer Joe. The production, directed by Simon Evans, will run at Trafalgar Studios 1 for 13 weeks from 18 May to 18 August 2018, with a press night on 4 June.
Although The Best Man’s message — that being defeated can be a victory of sorts — is appealingly paradoxical, it is unlikely to make your heart race very fast.