Charing Cross Theatre, London (*****)

© Annabel Vere, Scott Rylander, Sarah Saayeng (Sarah) and Ako Mitchell (Coalhouse Walker Jr)

© Annabel Vere, Scott Rylander, Sarah Saayeng (Sarah) and Ako Mitchell (Coalhouse Walker Jr)

You begin to run out of superlatives when it comes to Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento’s touch with small scale musicals. Continue reading

A Man of Good Hope

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Keith Pattison, Isango Ensemble - the company

© Keith Pattison, Isango Ensemble – the company

As fourteen children from the Calais `jungle’ arrive at Croydon for `processing’, one can only imagine some of the journeys and experiences that have brought them to this point. But that imagination will be helped on its way by viewing A Man of Good Hope, the latest and perhaps most remarkable music theatre from South Africa’s Isango Ensemble. Continue reading

One Night in Miami…

Donmar Warehouse, London (****)

© Johann Persson, Sope Dirisu (Cassius Clay), David Ajala (Jim Brown)

© Johann Persson, Sope Dirisu (Cassius Clay), David Ajala (Jim Brown)

Music can move mountains, although for Malcolm X it wasn’t moving fast enough. In Kemp Powers pulsating, extraordinarily topical account of four African-American legends meeting one night in a hotel room in Miami, the Black Power activist was calling out Sam Cooke, the singer-songwriter, later dubbed the `King of Soul’, for not putting his God-given gifts sufficiently at the service of `the movement’ for Civil Rights. Continue reading

No’s Knife

Old Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Manuel Harlan, Lisa Dwan

© Manuel Harlan, Lisa Dwan

There is Beckett, and then there is Beckett. There is the Beckett of Waiting for Godot and there is the Beckett of Not I and Footfalls; the one accessible, the others increasingly abstract. I remember sitting through Endgame at the Aldwych many years ago and wondering, `will this ever end?’ – heresy now for a man revered, honoured and much loved.  Continue reading


Soho Theatre, London (****)

© Creative Nation, Yvette  Boakye (Ruhab)

© Creative Nation, Yvette Boakye (Ruhab)

Theresa Ikoko’s debut play has already been lauded, first at the HighTide Festival where it launched this year but even before that, awarded the Alfred Fagon (2015) and George Devine (2016) awards. Continue reading


Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (****)

© Helen Maybanks, Adelle Leonce (Angel)

© Helen Maybanks, Adelle Leonce (Angel)

For some bizarre reason, the design credits for Torn include designer, assistant designer, set construction and three scenic artists for a production which appears to be simply a stack of chairs in a circle with a tea/coffee table at the side. Continue reading