2018

Misty

Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1, London *****
Review of performance seen Sept 13, 2018:

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist - ain't easy...

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist – ain’t easy…

Sometimes you just know you’ve seen the future. I missed seeing Misty at the Bush. I can only imagine that for once, the transfer has settled it into an even better, more appropriate venue. For this mostly solo tour de force and `force of nature’ as he has already been dubbed expands to fill the larger Trafalgar Studios space as if built for it. Continue reading

Missing

Battersea Arts Centre, (BAC), London ****

© Robert Golden, Anna Finkel (mother)  as remembered by her daughter, Lily.

© Robert Golden, Anna Finkel (mother) as remembered by her daughter, Lily.

I have a recollection of first seeing Gecko and Taylor’s Dummies, their first show, originally in Edinburgh. But then again, I may be mistaken because my memory of that performance, nearly 15 years ago, contains images of masks and a sense of seeing something so original the echo of it stayed with me a very long time. Continue reading

Midsummer

The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival 2018 ***
Review of performance seen Aug 22, 2018:

© Peter Dibdin, L to R Benny Young, Eileen Nicholas, Sarah Higgins, Henry Pettingrew

© Peter Dibdin, L to R Benny Young, Eileen Nicholas, Sarah Higgins, Henry Pettingrew

I love the work of David Greig. I’ve seen a few by now, all shapes and sizes from the historic – Dunsinane, his reworking of Macbeth - to Damascus, his moving account of western confusion in and about the Middle East. Continue reading

McMafia – Misha Glenny

Misha Glenny – McMafia – Seriously Organised Crime
Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh
Performance seen Aug 21, 2018   ****

McMafia book cover, pub by the Bodley Head, 2008

McMafia book cover, pub by the Bodley Head, 2008

It’s hard to know what to call Misha Glenny’s McMafia. Lecture-demo? Performance? What you can be sure of is that Glenny, a specialist in organised crime, the Balkans and author of the best selling book, McMafia on which the drama tv series was based, tells a grim story. Continue reading

Emilia

Shakespeare’s Globe, London ****

© Helen Murray, Vinette Robinson as Emilia 2 with some hard choices to make…

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Aug 15, 2018:

Following hard on the heels of Othello in this year’s season, you’d think that Michelle Terry’s new commission, judging by its title, would be a play based on Iago’s wife, Emilia, the one who too late realises what a villain her husband has been – a kind of complementary companion piece to Shakespeare’s. Continue reading

Aristocrats

Donmar Warehouse, London ***
Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Aug 10, 2018:

© Johan Persson, David Ganly (centre), Aisling Loftus (right), Emmet Kirwan (Eamon) - picnic, Ballybeg Hall style...

© Johan Persson, David Ganly (centre), Aisling Loftus (right), Emmet Kirwan (Eamon) – picnic, Ballybeg Hall style…

Amazing to think it’s nearly forty years, 1979, since Brian Friel wrote Aristocrats and thirteen years (2005) since the National revived it in a Tom Cairns production which included a budding Andrew Scott. Continue reading