Tag Archives: identity

Tree

Young Vic Theatre, London ****
Runs: 1hr 30mins without interval
Review of perf seen Aug 6, 2019:

© Marc Brenner, Alfred Enoch and the `ancestors' ensemble drawing him back into the present...

© Marc Brenner, Alfred Enoch and the `ancestors’ ensemble drawing him back into the present…

There are some mighty aspirations driving Tree. And, after all the controversy, it turns out to be a theatrical spectacle that only the most hard-nosed sceptic would be unable to completely resist. Continue reading

Child of the Divide

Polka Theatre, London (and on tour) ****

© Katherine Leedale, Diljohn Singh as Manohar, Pali's father, Karan Gill as Pali, Devesh Kishore as Shakur

© Katherine Leedale, Diljohn Singh as Manohar, Pali’s father, Karan Gill as Pali, Devesh Kishore as Shakur. Divided loyalties and identity, divided by a border…

Partition, seventy years on and perhaps only now, to a completely different generation, is the full horror of that appalling event becoming apparent and felt by audiences beyond the Indian diaspora. Continue reading

After the Rehearsal/Persona

Barbican Theatre, London (***)

© Jan Versweyveld, Marieke Heebink, Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Gaite Jansen, locked in destructive embraces...in Persona

© Jan Versweyveld, Marieke Heebink, Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Gaite Jansen, locked in destructive embraces…in Persona

Having excavated Visconti (Ossessione), Ivo van Hove has now moved on to Ingmar Bergman. Much as I admire van Hove – and I do – I am a little perplexed as to why he’s involved himself quite so much in transferring the inscrutable into the literal. Continue reading

Wild

Hampstead Theatre, London (****)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Jack Farthing as Andrew

© Stephen Cummiskey, Jack Farthing as Andrew

Wild by name and wild in execution. The prolific Mike Bartlett (credits and awards piling up, most recently for the clever, futuristic King Charles III, currently in film production and on tv, Doctor Foster), has done it again. Continue reading

Hard Graft

Ovalhouse, London

© David Sheppeard

© David Sheppeard

What an amazing institution the Ovalhouse has become. Now in its fifth decade, like the Windmill theatre of old, it never seems to close, even under the most trying of circumstances. Recently, like the Battersea Arts Centre it’s suffered a major fire requiring complete replacement of its electrical and computer equipment, floors and acting spaces. Continue reading