Reviews

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

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Aug 5, 2013
At  the CLF Art Café, The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15

You don’t have to go all the way to Edinburgh to get the full flavour of a heady Celtic night. 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