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Oslo

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London (****)

© Brinkhoff Mögenburg, Toby Stephens (Terje Rød-Larsen), Lydia Leonard (Mona Juul), projections by 59 Productions

© Brinkhoff Mögenburg, Toby Stephens (Terje Rød-Larsen), Lydia Leonard (Mona Juul), the personal dwarfed by the public and political. Projections by 59 Productions

J T Rogers is not new to British audiences. Anyone who saw his Rwanda-based The Overwhelming (2006, with Out of Joint and the NT) or Blood and Gifts (part of Nicholas Kent’s extraordinary and impressive survey of western involvement in Afghanistan – The Great Game in 2009) or the later Madagascar (at Theatre503 in 2010) will know that he’s a writer who lacks to tackle big political subjects. Continue reading

My Country: a work in progress

Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London (****)

© Sarah Lee, Penny Layden (Britannia)

© Sarah Lee, Penny Layden (Britannia)

A `Sacrament of Listening’ could be the subtitle for Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris’s post-Brexit project that opened three months ago at the National and which, caught now at the end of its UK tour with it’s almost white cast and similar audience, sits so oddly in a theatre normally packed with multi races and ownership. Continue reading

Lost Without Words

Dorfman, National Theatre (**)

© Atri Banerjee, Lee Simpson, Caroline Blakiston, Tim Preece, Anna Calder-Marshall, Phelim McDermott, Lynn Farleigh

© Atri Banerjee, Lee Simpson, Caroline Blakiston, Tim Preece, Anna Calder-Marshall, Phelim McDermott, Lynn Farleigh

`Good my lord…see the players well bestowed…let them be well used; for they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time; after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live…’ (Hamlet to Polonius). Continue reading

The Deep Blue Sea

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London (****)

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

Were Terence Rattigan alive now he would be amazed at the renewed interest and popularity of his work. How fashions do change. And how he might have been amused to have not just The Deep Blue Sea running at the National but also Mike Poulton’s doppelganger, Kenny Morgan, recently at the Arcola. Continue reading

The Flick

Dorfman, National Theatre, London (****)

© Mark Douet, JAYGANN AYEH (Avery), LOUISA KRAUSE (Rose)

© Mark Douet, JAYGANN AYEH (Avery), LOUISA KRAUSE (Rose)

Annie Baker’s The Flick is extraordinary, not least for its indulgence. A study in Time and Motion, imagine a `New Wave’ flick, one of the Antonioni, Alain Resnais films of the 1960s, the lingering long shots, the silence, the non-action, the residual imperative to take time just looking like the proverbial cows in the field. Few would dare to take such risks these days – particularly in this age of hyper-ventilating action. Continue reading