2010’s

Suzy Storck

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London ****

© Helen Murray, Jonah Russell and Caollfhionn Dunne - Hans Vasilly and Suzy Storck, falling into child-bearing with terrible consequences...

© Helen Murray, Jonah Russell and Caollfhionn Dunne – Hans Vasilly and Suzy Storck, falling into child-bearing with terrible consequences…

Some of the most viscerally shattering productions I’ve seen in recent years have turned up at the tiny Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Magali Mougel’s Suzy Storck is no exception. Continue reading

The Seagull – Stage Russia – Satirikon Theatre, Moscow

Pushkin House, London ****
(filmed and recorded before a live audience at Satirikon Theatre, Moscow)

© Ekaterina Tsvetkova, Satirikon company, ensemble of the highest order, Act 2

© Ekaterina Tsvetkova, Satirikon company, ensemble of the highest order, Act 2

What extraordinary actors the Russians produce and what a revelation is this newly filmed version by Moscow’s Satirikon Theatre uncomfortable, disturbing, unsettling though it also is. Continue reading

Anything That Flies

Jermyn Street Theatre, London ****

© Robert Workman, Clive Merrison (Otto) and Issy van Randwyck (Lottie), serving his every need with quiet patience...

© Robert Workman, Clive Merrison (Otto) and Issy van Randwyck (Lottie), serving his every need with quiet patience…

When I read that Anything that Flies was her debut play by writer, Judith Burnley, I naturally assumed it was a young playwright being given a big chance by Jermyn Street’s new artistic director, Tom Littler. Continue reading

Bitched

Tristan Bates Theatre, London  ***

© Helen Murray, Shireen Farkhoy (Ali), Darren Douglas (Rob) - contemporary marriage under strain

© Helen Murray, Shireen Farkhoy (Ali), Darren Douglas (Rob) – contemporary marriage under strain

Considering the number of theatres and companies supporting new writing, it’s still a bit of a mystery as to why so few plays by women playwrights still find their way into the mainstream or fringe theatres. Continue reading

A Woman of No Importance

Vaudeville Theatre, London ****

© Marc Brenner, Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and Gerald, her beloved if judgemental son - Harry Lister Smith

© Marc Brenner, Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and Gerald, her beloved if judgemental son – Harry Lister Smith

From running one of London’s smallest but boldest new writing fringe theatres, the Bush, to Shakespeare’s three-tiered Globe, Dominic Dromgoole is now set on a new departure – nothing less than bringing proscenium style theatre back to proscenium theatres! Or rather, celebrating a style of performance that in any other theatre would starchy, arch and horribly out of date. Continue reading

The Lady from the Sea

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Manuel Harlan, Finbar Lynch (Doctor Wangel) and Nikki Amuka-Bird as Ellida - a marriage trying to find a new way of being...

© Manuel Harlan, Finbar Lynch (Doctor Wangel) and Nikki Amuka-Bird as Ellida – a marriage trying to find a new way of being in 1950s Caribbean…

Past productions of The Lady from the Sea have often portrayed Ellida, Ibsen’s eponymous protagonist, as half-mad with barely comprehensible yearnings. Continue reading