2000’s

Tarell Alvin McCraney interview

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TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY – (1570 words)

For THE STAGE, 2007

Q&A:

1) WHY DID YOU WRITE THE BROTHERS SIZE

It was something I was inspired to do by some African myths that I had read and also another play I had read about some brothers. I decided I wanted to write something about what it means to be a brother. Continue reading

Stallerhof

Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse, London) – Carole Woddis

**** (four stars)

Last week Glasgow was chosen as one of the UK’s cultural must-sees. London didn’t get a look-in but for any theatre buff considering coming south for a quick New Year fix, you could do worse than land at Waterloo and walk along the south bank to London Bridge. Continue reading

The Great Game

Tricycle Theatre, London

What more is there left to say about Nick Kent and the Tricycle Theatre? Having blazed a trail over the past decade with his tribunal stagings and support for black British, American and South African theatre, Nick Kent has now devised a mammoth festival around the subject of Afghanistan that is simply gobsmacking in its scope and reach. Continue reading

Called to Account

Tricycle Theatre, London

The interesting thing about Nick Kent and Richard Norton-Taylor’s latest tribunal hearing is that although it is ostensibly an investigation into the record of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair and his guilt or not in an act of `aggression’ in invading Iraq with the US in March 2003, you can’t help but draw the conclusion that the unsolved mystery still lurking at the heart of one of Britain’s worst foreign `adventures’ in modern times lies at the door of the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith. Continue reading

Topless Mum

Tricycle Theatre, London

Ron Hutchinson has been fighting the British establishment a long time now. Topless Mum, his latest, about press cynicism and manipulation is, however, quite reminiscent of an earlier play, Rat in the Skull (1984) in which he pitted the ideologies of a Protestant RUC officer and a Catholic terrorist suspect against each other. A fierce dialectical debate, it showed Hutchinson’s remarkable ability to get inside the head of both protagonists and the singular symbiosis of their relationship. Continue reading