2009

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

Stovepipe

Unit 19, West 12 Centre, Shepherds Bush, London

A stone’s thrown down from The Bush theatre stands the West 12 Shopping Centre. Dwarfed by its pushy new arrival, Westfield, Unit 19 West 12 is now playing host to an unlikely nightly bombardment set in motion by the Bush’s enterprising Josie Rourke in collaboration with the National Theatre. Continue reading

Seven Jewish Children

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London

Yes, you read it right. 10 minutes, the length of Caryl Churchill’s `response’ to Gaza. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, `quick response’ could be applied as much to the Arts as to the emergency services. Now a quick theatrical response is rare. It evidently takes something traumatic to fire the imagination of artists and writers these days. Gaza has clearly been one of them.

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