Tag Archives: Arcola Theatre

The Cunning Little Vixen

Arcola Theatre, London (***)

© Robert Workman, Alison Rose as the Vixen

© Robert Workman, Alison Rose as the Vixen

Even if Czech is not your first language, nor Leos Janáček’s music for that matter, Guido Martin-Brandis, Oliver Till and The Opera Company’s chamber version, part of the Arcola’s excellent Grimeborn festival, will still touch you in unexpected places. Continue reading

These Trees Are Made of Blood

Arcola Theatre, London (****)

© Helen Murray, Alexander-Luttley-Anne-Marie-Piazza-Rosalind-Ford-and-Eilon-Morris

© Helen Murray, Alexander-Luttley-Anne-Marie-Piazza-Rosalind-Ford-and-Eilon-Morris

It began 40 years ago, the Mothers of the Disappeared, the `madres of the Plaza de Mayo’, circling the square, in white head scarves demanding answers as to why their children had `disappeared’. Continue reading

Combustion

Arcola Theatre, London (***)

© Talula Sheppard, the company, Rez Kempton (Ali), Mitesh Soni (Faisal), Beruce Khan (Shaz), Shireen Farkhoy (Samina)

© Talula Sheppard, the company, Rez Kempton (Ali), Mitesh Soni (Faisal), Beruce Khan (Shaz), Shireen Farkhoy (Samina)

In Hassan Abdulrazzak’s Love, Bombs & Apples, Asif Khan became a mesmerising shape-changer, adopting different Muslim and Jewish personas as varied as pugilistic to down-trodden. Continue reading

Richard III

Arcola Theatre, (****)

© Alex Brenner, Greg Hicks as Richard III

© Alex Brenner, Greg Hicks as Richard III

This was a huge undertaking for somewhere like the Arcola. Big cast plays don’t often surface so it’s a coup for the ever enterprising Mehmet Ergen to not only do one of the most famous Shakespeare History plays but secure Greg Hicks in the leading role. Continue reading

The Plague

Arcola Theatre, London (****)

© Alex Brenner, Sara Powell (Dr Rieux)

© Alex Brenner, Sara Powell (Dr Rieux)

Albert Camus wrote La Peste in retrospect, 1947, after the time when Europe had been convulsed, mown over by Fascism and Nazi Germany. It was an immediate success. Continue reading

New Nigerians

Arcola Theatre, London (***)

© Alex Brenner, Patrice-Naiambana- (Greatness Ogholi) Tunde-Euba (Danladi Musa)

© Alex Brenner, Patrice-Naiambana- (Greatness Ogholi) Tunde-Euba (Danladi Musa)

`You cannot make dodo without frying plantain’. Though some in the audience may not get the exact reference, Greatness Ogholi knows politics can be a rough old game and that sometimes you have to crack a few eggs to make the omelette! Continue reading