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The Woods

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London ***
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Sept 21, 2018:

© Manuel Harlan, Tom Mothersdale (Wolf), Lesley Sharp as Woman aka a mother suffering from severe post natal depression

© Manuel Harlan, Tom Mothersdale (Wolf), the great Lesley Sharp as Woman aka a mother suffering from severe post natal depression

The woods and a character called Wolf. Well, you’re into the land of fairy-tales, aren’t you. And in this instance, grim ones, as if there are any others! Continue reading

Gundog

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

© Manuel Harlan, Ria Zmitrowicz (Becky), Alec Secareanu (Guy) - it's tough out there on the land...

© Manuel Harlan, Ria Zmitrowicz (Becky), Alec Secareanu (Guy) – it’s tough out there on the land…

How lost can you feel in the countryside? According to Simon Longman’s new play, Gundog, a good deal. Longman’s rural family of shepherds are a sad lot. There’s Becky – school drop-out, couldn’t see the point of learning anything, `they don’t do lessons in shepherding’ – Anna, her older sister, quiet, monosyllabic, dependable.  And Ben, their angry, troubled brother, who turns up from time to time having been away but forced to return. He has no skills, other than being on the land. Continue reading

The Fall

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

© Oscar O'Ryan, Ameera Conrad, Back: Cleo Raatus, Oarabile Ditsele, Thando Mangcu, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi

© Oscar O’Ryan, Ameera Conrad, Back: Cleo Raatus, Oarabile Ditsele, Thando Mangcu, Tankiso Mamabolo, Sizwesandile Mnisi

Sometimes a production just knocks you for six. This must have happened for many people when The Fall first appeared in the UK at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival. The story of the South African student movement for decolonisation, the #RhodesMustFall Movement, written and devised by those involved is a lesson to us all, in politicisation, finding one’s voice, discrimination and much more besides. Continue reading

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