Author Archives: Carole Woddis

These Trees Are Made of Blood

Arcola Theatre, London (****)

© Helen Murray, Alexander-Luttley-Anne-Marie-Piazza-Rosalind-Ford-and-Eilon-Morris

© Helen Murray, Alexander-Luttley-Anne-Marie-Piazza-Rosalind-Ford-and-Eilon-Morris

It began 40 years ago, the Mothers of the Disappeared, the `madres of the Plaza de Mayo’, circling the square, in white head scarves demanding answers as to why their children had `disappeared’. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Suicide

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

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O'Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O’Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

Love her or hate her, Katie Mitchell is surely our most bravely iconoclastic theatre director working in Britain today. If Robert Lepage is the magician who smoothes the cracks between technology and stagecraft, Katie Mitchell is the one who adds tough edginess. Almost nothing she does fails to carry a febrile sense of dramatic unease about it. Continue reading

Combustion

Arcola Theatre, London (***)

© Talula Sheppard, the company, Rez Kempton (Ali), Mitesh Soni (Faisal), Beruce Khan (Shaz), Shireen Farkhoy (Samina)

© Talula Sheppard, the company, Rez Kempton (Ali), Mitesh Soni (Faisal), Beruce Khan (Shaz), Shireen Farkhoy (Samina)

In Hassan Abdulrazzak’s Love, Bombs & Apples, Asif Khan became a mesmerising shape-changer, adopting different Muslim and Jewish personas as varied as pugilistic to down-trodden. Continue reading

Richard III

Arcola Theatre, (****)

© Alex Brenner, Greg Hicks as Richard III

© Alex Brenner, Greg Hicks as Richard III

This was a huge undertaking for somewhere like the Arcola. Big cast plays don’t often surface so it’s a coup for the ever enterprising Mehmet Ergen to not only do one of the most famous Shakespeare History plays but secure Greg Hicks in the leading role. Continue reading

All Our Children

Jermyn Street Theatre (****)

© Camilla Greenwell, Colin Tierney as Victor Franz, Consultant Paediatrician of a euthanasia clinic...a doctor in distress...

© Camilla Greenwell, Colin Tierney as Victor Franz, Consultant Paediatrician at a children’s euthanasia clinic…a doctor in distress…

In a climate of rising harshness towards the most vulnerable in our society comes Stephen Unwin’s lucid, timely reminder from history about where regarding people as `productive tools’ leads. Continue reading

Life of Galileo

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

Clever programming from David Lan has delivered exactly the right kind of play at the right time. Whatever you may think about Bertolt Brecht’s more doctrinaire views, here’s a play in Joe Wright’s visually spectacular, star-gazing production that says exactly what needs to be said for a society reeling from and dominated by self-interest and finance

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