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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

Counting Stars

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

© Scott Rylander, Estella Daniels (Sophie), Lanre Malaolu (Abiodun), making light of hard lives

© Scott Rylander, Estella Daniels (Sophie), Lanre Malaolu (Abiodun), making light of hard lives

Success has come early to young playwright Atiha Sen Gupta whose What Fatima Did, written at 21, was nominated for Most Promising Playwright by the Evening Standard and John Whiting awards. Continue reading

Antigone

Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London

© Robert Day

© Robert Day

Greek tragedies have a way of speaking to us in ways that constantly surprise by their apparent contemporary relevance – none more so than Antigone, the sister who is driven to follow her instinctive desire to bury a dead brother despite an interdict declaring him a traitor and therefore unworthy of a proper burial.

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