Dark Sublime is a rare personal drama about an older gay woman trying to find her place and identity in a changing world, with plenty of laughs – particularly aimed at the world of showbiz – and some interesting questions about the nature of fandom.
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland has picked out her Top Picks from the last week including Anne Cox’s thoughts on Present Laughter, while Aleks Sierz reports from Bitter Wheat.
Dark Sublime is a long play and while it contains some really good material it would benefit from being trimmed back to make it slicker and more focused.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Tuesday 23 July 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock is at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios for the acclaimed new production of Peter Shaffer classic Equus, transferred from the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Got any questions?
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (2-9 June 2019). Amidst her top choices are Maryam Philpott’s journey back to a time of political optimism in The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Education, Education, Education at Trafalgar Studios.
Riotous in tone, occasionally chaotic but with an inventive playfulness Education, Education, Education successfully captures the optimism of the time but it isn’t just nostalgia.
Remember D:Ream’s “Things Can Only Get Better”? I was bopping along in my seat to that New Labour anthem and so many other chart-topping hits from my youth before curtain up at Education Education Education last week at Trafalgar Studios.
With the horrific news this past week of the lesbian couple who were taunted and physically attacked by a group of male teenagers on a London nightbus, the themes discussed at Terri Paddock’s recent post-show Q&A – including the urgent need to for LGBT+ inclusivity education in schools – become more worryingly timely than ever…
Warm and delightfully nostalgic, The Wardrobe Ensemble’s comedy effectively reveals just how issues in education have evolved and changed since 1997.
However light its frame, ultimately Education, Education, Education has serious points to make about the short-termist approaches to education funding used cynically as a political tool to win voters.