City of Glass

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London (***/*)

© Jonathan Keenan, L-R-Mark-Edel-Hunt-Daniel-Quinn-and-Jack-Tarlton-Stillman-

© Jonathan Keenan, L-R-Mark-Edel-Hunt-Daniel-Quinn-and-Jack-Tarlton-Stillman-

Well, this is a piece of work and for once, I truly don’t know where to start. First off, Paul Auster – shame on me – is not on my check list of much loved authors or cultural icons. That says more about me than him, a best-selling author with novels translated into 40 languages. Where have I been all my life – a rhetorical/metaphysical question that Auster’s own characters such as Paul Auster/Quinn, of City of Glass and his New York Trilogy would no doubt understand and appreciate! Continue reading

Obsession

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

Ivo van Hove is simply everywhere at present, the wunderkind of international theatre and opera. It’s understandable why he is so much in demand. He has a way of envisioning that is either truly spectacular or passionately intimate, as was the case with his award-winning production of A View from the Bridge for the Young Vic. Continue reading

Nuclear War

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, Upstairs, London (****)

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

There’s something refreshingly anarchic about Simon Stephens. In his very long preface to the printed text of Nuclear War, Stephens talks at length about the process of writing this play and how the origination of it came from his interest in writing a piece of text for movement/dance after director Ramin Gray brought in choreographer Hofesh Schechter to work on his 2006 play, Motortown. Continue reading

Spring Offensive

Omnibus, London (***)

Victoria Willing as April in melt-down...

© Peterjones.photography, Victoria Willing as April in melt-down…

You lose some, you win some: two former libraries now turned into arts centres-cum-community spaces-cum theatres plus Bunker’s Theatre takeover of an underground car park in Southwark Street. No one could say that south London isn’t teeming with theatrical enterprise. Continue reading

Home Truths

Bunker Theatre, London (****)  HOME TRUTHS  RUNS AT THE BUNKER THEATRE 17 APRIL TO  13 MAY (2).

Cardboard Citizens are a remarkable success story, especially dealing as they do with those at the sharp end of society, the ones who have fallen through the cracks. For 25 years, Adrian Jackson, CC’s founding father has pioneered theatre that will not let us forget what it is like to be homeless, to have lost everything including your dignity and identity. Continue reading

The Hearing Trumpet

The Old Library, Southwark, London (*** text; ****whole project)

© Dirty Market, the company with foreground, inmate Marian Leatherby and the company of inmates working up a storm with brushes, sweeping, sweeping...

© Dirty Market, the company with foreground, inmate Marian Leatherby and the company of inmates working up a storm with brushes, sweeping, sweeping…

Surrealism never quite dies. It goes quiet for a while before popping up in times of absurd turmoil and stress to poke fun at and point a delicate, macabre or shocking finger at our absurd and distressed world. Continue reading