Tag Archives: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Anatomy of a Suicide

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London (****)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O'Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O’Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

Love her or hate her, Katie Mitchell is surely our most bravely iconoclastic theatre director working in Britain today. If Robert Lepage is the magician who smoothes the cracks between technology and stagecraft, Katie Mitchell is the one who adds tough edginess. Almost nothing she does fails to carry a febrile sense of dramatic unease about it. Continue reading

The Ferryman

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London (***/*)

© Johan Persson, Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney and Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney...

© Johan Persson, Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney and Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney…

Already sold out before it had even opened and announced to be transferring to the West End in June, the combination of Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Mojo amongst others) and director Sam Mendes seems to have set the public imagination alight. Continue reading

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

Unreachable

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (****)

Unreachable by Anthony Neilson, Royal Court Downstairs, July 2016

© Matt Humphreys, Richard Pyros (Carl), Matt Smith (Max)

What an irritatingly liberating playwright Anthony Neilson is. There’s something irredeemably adolescent about his writing, as though unwilling to let go that side of himself that is forever young, anarchic, rebellious and in tune with what it is to be teen and twenty. Continue reading