Author Archives: Carole Woddis

Flamencura

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London (*****)

© Yolanda Osuna (foreground), Charo Espino (behind) and musicians

© Yolanda Osuna (foreground), Charo Espino (behind) and musicians

I reckon this should be on a drip-feed so flamenco aficionados can get a daily fix of the artistry, beauty and passion that is Paco Peña and his company of dancers, singers and guitarists. Continue reading

The Cunning Little Vixen

Arcola Theatre, London (***)

© Robert Workman, Alison Rose as the Vixen

© Robert Workman, Alison Rose as the Vixen

Even if Czech is not your first language, nor Leos Janáček’s music for that matter, Guido Martin-Brandis, Oliver Till and The Opera Company’s chamber version, part of the Arcola’s excellent Grimeborn festival, will still touch you in unexpected places. Continue reading

Bodies

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (****)

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

It’s a very strange feeling when you come across two new plays with almost identical themes – a zeitgeist moment where an idea floating in the ether gets picked up by two playwrights in close time proximity. Continue reading

Touch

Soho Theatre, London (****)

© Helen Maybanks, James Clyde as `smoothie' Miles, Amy Morgan (Dee)

© Helen Maybanks, James Clyde as `smoothie’ Miles, Amy Morgan (Dee)

If there was such a thing as `chick-lit’ in theatre, this would be the nearest thing to it.

But that would neither be respectful nor entirely accurate. The phenomenon that has become Vicky Jones, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the company they formed, DryWrite, carries far greater weight than that slightly disreputable moniker would suggest. Continue reading

Death of a Salesman

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford (****)

© Manuel Harlan, Nicholas Woodeson as Willy Loman

© Manuel Harlan, Nicholas Woodeson as Willy Loman

You can never tire of Arthur Miller’s great elegy to the ordinary working man, crushed by the system, Death of a Salesman (1949). Continue reading

Ink

Almeida Theatre, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb, newly recruited Sun editor and Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, plotting and setting his sights on winning...

© Marc Brenner, Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb, newly recruited Sun editor and Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, plotting and setting his sights on winning…

He likes his politics and history does James Graham who has given us some cracking examples of the unholy alliances that pass for politics in this and probably every country, starting with Eden’s Empire a decade ago and leading up to the blissfully funny The Vote (Donmar) on Election Night 2015 and This House, now setting off on a national tour. Continue reading