It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme accordingly.
In the case of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, #TimesUp, the BBC pay gap furore and all related issues around sexual misconduct and gender inequality, I imagine we’ll see many more responses in the year to come. I don’t think the powers-that-be behind these five shows could have predicted when they were planning just how much they would tap into this fast-moving zeitgeist.
Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, here are my thoughts (filmed on 27 January 2018) on new all-female musical Oranges and Elephants, headlining Hoxton Hall’s Female Parts season and the Almeida’s West End transfer of Mary Stuart, as well as three other female-led productions: the first London revival in 15 years of Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite; Out of Joint’s headline-grabbing (for all the wrong reasons) 35th anniversary revival of Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too; and Anoushka Warden’s playwriting debut My Mum’s a Twat.
And here’s a little bonus video on Oranges and Elephants, in which I patently fail to offer you a singsong sample (but at least you’ll get a taste of the cheeky lyrics)…
… to warm you up, here’s a little taster. (Apologies, not actor-muso-singer myself, this is more like a poetry reading!)@OrangesElephant runs @HoxtonHall til 10 Feb: https://t.co/M5NPPRPIwv pic.twitter.com/aLXLABVc4y
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) January 26, 2018