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The Children

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (****)

&copy' Johan Persson, Deborah Findlay as domestic `goddess', Hazel...

&copy’ Johan Persson, Deborah Findlay as domestic `goddess’, Hazel…

Dystopian scenarios are becoming ever more frequent. And for good reason. Writers and artists are often the ones who can see further ahead than the rest of us, who can predict the coming storms. Continue reading

Faith Healer

Donmar Warehouse, London (****)

&copy, Johan Persson, Stephen Dillane as Frank, the faith healer

&copy, Johan Persson, Stephen Dillane as Frank, the faith healer

Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (1979) is regarded as one of his best, if not the best of an amazing body of work. With its shaggy dog tales, its incantatory, metaphorical dream-like quality, guilt and exploration of the strange alchemical process that can produce miracles – spiritual or creative – its own magic lies in the close proximity of word and character with atmosphere. Continue reading