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Bodies

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (****)

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

© Bronwen Sharp, Salma Hoque as the Indian surrogate mother, Lakshmi

It’s a very strange feeling when you come across two new plays with almost identical themes – a zeitgeist moment where an idea floating in the ether gets picked up by two playwrights in close time proximity. Continue reading

Nuclear War

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

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

There’s something refreshingly anarchic about Simon Stephens. In his very long preface to the printed text of Nuclear War, Stephens talks at length about the process of writing this play and how the origination of it came from his interest in writing a piece of text for movement/dance after director Ramin Gray brought in choreographer Hofesh Schechter to work on his 2006 play, Motortown. Continue reading

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)

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

© Stephen Cummiskey, Gershwyn Eustache Jrn (B), Lashana Lynch (A)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Gershwyn Eustache Jrn (B), Lashana Lynch (A)

Seeing Caryl Churchill in the audience this week for debbie tucker green’s latest is to be reminded of the enormous influence and legacy Churchill has bequeathed, is bequeathing to British theatre. Continue reading

The Sewing Group

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, (***)

© Fiona Glascott (left), Jane Hazlegrove , John Mackay (background), Sarah Niles (right)

© Fiona Glascott (left), Jane Hazlegrove , John Mackay (background), Sarah Niles (right)

Maybe one should always beware plays with letters as cast members. It never bodes well. E V Crowe has been steadily building a reputation as a writer of taut, stringent control since her debut, Kin (2010) followed by the positively garrulous  (by her standards) but impressive Hero (2012) with Daniel Mays. Last year, Brenda, a study in mystery and abuse, premiered at the High Tide festival and certainly took no prisoners. Nor does her latest, The Sewing Group.

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Torn

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (****)

© Helen Maybanks, Adelle Leonce (Angel)

© Helen Maybanks, Adelle Leonce (Angel)

For some bizarre reason, the design credits for Torn include designer, assistant designer, set construction and three scenic artists for a production which appears to be simply a stack of chairs in a circle with a tea/coffee table at the side. Continue reading