The Height of the Storm

Wyndham’s Theatre, London *****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 9, 2018:

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward's handsome set, contemplating life, last night's storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers...

© Hugo Glendinning, Jonathan Pryce as Andre in Anthony Ward’s handsome set, contemplating life, last night’s storm, and the storm of his life with Amanda Drew as his daughter, Anne, beginning to sort through his many papers…

French playwright, Florian Zeller is definitely the playwright do nos jours. If Pinter at one time could do no wrong in certain eyes and in the autumn of his years, could expect several of his plays to be running somewhere simultaneously, Zeller too now carries a similar halo. After huge UK successes with The Father, The Mother, The Truth and The Lie, now comes The Height of the Storm, once again in the limpid, easy-on-the-ear translation of Christopher Hampton. Continue reading

To Have to Shoot Irishmen

Omnibus Theatre, Clapham Common, London ****
Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 5, 2018:

&copy, Mike Massaro, Elinor Lawless as Hanna (centre), Gerard Kearns (on piano above), Russell Richardson (left) on violin in designer Rachel Rooney's approximation of a destroyed Dublin and Hanna's dwellings by British soldiers...

© Mike Massaro, Elinor Lawless as Hanna (centre), Robbie O’Neill (back left), Gerard Kearns (on piano above), Russell Richardson (left) on violin in designer Rachel Rooney’s approximation of a destroyed Dublin and Hanna’s dwellings ransacked by British soldiers…

In a comparatively short space of time, Lizzie Nunnery has certainly made her mark. Singer-songwriter as well as playwright, her plays – of which, Narvik, her award-winning evocation of the North Atlantic, the sea and wartime love is one of the most recent – mixes all these elements into dramas that defy total categorisation. Continue reading

The Woods

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London ***
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Sept 21, 2018:

© Manuel Harlan, Tom Mothersdale (Wolf), Lesley Sharp as Woman aka a mother suffering from severe post natal depression

© Manuel Harlan, Tom Mothersdale (Wolf), the great Lesley Sharp as Woman aka a mother suffering from severe post natal depression

The woods and a character called Wolf. Well, you’re into the land of fairy-tales, aren’t you. And in this instance, grim ones, as if there are any others! Continue reading

Foxfinder

Ambassadors Theatre, London ***

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Sept 14, 2018:

© Pamela Raith, Iwan Rheon as the young ideologue, and foxfinder, William Bloor

© Pamela Raith, Iwan Rheon as the young ideologue, and foxfinder, William Bloor

Timing is everything. When Foxfinder opened at the Finborough in December 2011, it was hailed as `darkly thrilling’ new voice and subsequently earned its writer, Dawn King a glutful of awards from the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright scheme to a Pearson Award Playwright-in-Residence bursary. Continue reading

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