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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

Diary of a Madman

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London (****)

© Iona Firouzabadi, Guy Clark (Matthew White), Liam Brennan (Pop Sheeran)

© Iona Firouzabadi, Guy Clark (Matthew White), Liam Brennan (Pop Sheeran)

Bumptious, mouthy, cheeky – Al Smith’s adaptation of Gogol’s short story, Diary of a Madman is all these things and then some. A metaphor that rages about Scottish independence, national identity and corporate take-over wrapped up in the story of a humble man driven mad by loss, Christopher Haydon’s sparky, irreverent production understandably set tongues wagging during its initial run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Continue reading

The Iphigenia Quartet

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (****)

© Helen Murray, Susie Trayling (Clytemnestra), Anthony Barclay (Agamemnon), Shannon Tarbet (Iphigenia)

© Helen Murray,
Susie Trayling (Clytemnestra), Anthony Barclay (Agamemnon), Shannon Tarbet (Iphigenia) in Iphigenia by Suhayla El-Bushra

The Gate Notting Hill’s dynamic artistic director Christopher Haydon has taken a mighty gamble with this commission, Iphigenia at Aulis reflected through a fresh, contemporary prism from the point of view of each protagonist: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and the Chorus. Continue reading

In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises)

Gate Notting Hill, London (****)

© Bill Knight with Alex Waldmann as Man, Adelle Leonce as Woman

© Bill Knight with Alex Waldmann as Man, Adelle Leonce as Woman

 

Like David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole at Hamsptead Theatre, Nina Segal’s In the Night Time initially offers us a domestic scenario: a couple and a child. Continue reading

Medea – after Euripides

Gate, Notting Hill, London (****)

© Ikin Yum

© Ikin Yum

Two Medeas closely allied in time – the Almeida’s last month with Kate Fleetwood in Rachel Cusk’s über-feminist version, now the Australian Kate Mulvany with director Anne-Louise Sarks in another radical re-appraisal. Before that last year, we had Helen McCrory in Ben Power’s updated version at the National Theatre. Continue reading