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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

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

Chichester 2005 – July 7

The Government Inspector/Lee Miller, Chichester Theatre

The Government Inspector\Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester) – Carole Woddis

*** (three stars\****)four stars)

It was a strange day to be seeing anything, never mind a double bill in West Sussex. How could anything, even Gogol’s gloriously ripe social farce or a musical about an American social rebel from upstate New York have anything useful to say about the reality of mayhem brought to one’s own backyard. On 7\705, I left London with a strange sense of unreality and returned at midnight with even stronger feelings of misgivings to a reality I really didn’t care to be returning to. Continue reading