Tag Archives: Trafalgar Studios

Vincent River

Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, London ****
Runs: 1hr 20mins without an interval

Review of perf seen May 21, 2019:

© Scott Rylander, Louise Jameson as Anita and Thomas Mahy as Davey, both on a path to redemption, a son murdered, a lover lost and cowardice redeemed...

© Scott Rylander, Louise Jameson as Anita and Thomas Mahy as Davey, both on a path to redemption, a son murdered, a lover lost and cowardice redeemed…

Philip Ridley is nothing less than a creative phenomenon. I’ve only come across him through his stage plays for adults but a quick glance at his Wiki entry shows those to be merely the tip of a gigantic iceberg of creativity that stretches across theatre – for children as well as adults – literature (especially for children) – Art, photography and film – and music as a lyricist with notably Nick Bicât. Continue reading

Misty

Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1, London *****
Review of performance seen Sept 13, 2018:

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist - ain't easy...

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist – ain’t easy…

Sometimes you just know you’ve seen the future. I missed seeing Misty at the Bush. I can only imagine that for once, the transfer has settled it into an even better, more appropriate venue. For this mostly solo tour de force and `force of nature’ as he has already been dubbed expands to fill the larger Trafalgar Studios space as if built for it. Continue reading

Speech & Debate

Trafalgar Studio 2, London (***)

© Simon Annand, Tony Revolori (Solomon), Patsy Ferran (Diwata), Douglas Booth (Howie)

© Simon Annand, Tony Revolori (Solomon), Patsy Ferran (Diwata), Douglas Booth (Howie)

It’s funny how Time can render things. Stephen Karam, a Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle and Obie award winner (for The Humans) in 2016, wrote Speech & Debate as a workshop piece in 2006. Continue reading

Hamlet

Trafalgar Studios, London (****)

© Robert Workman, the remarkable Mark Arends as a fiercely tormented Hamlet

© Robert Workman, the remarkable Mark Arends as a fiercely tormented Hamlet

When it comes to radical rethinks of Shakespeare, sometimes you find it in the most unexpected places. Kelly Hunter’s Hamlet is one that hammers on the eyelids. Ferocious and deeply moving, it harbours an incendiary central performance from Mark Arends that at times makes you fear for his life, so emotionally tethered is it to its character’s nerve endings. Continue reading

Buried Child

Trafalgar Studios, London (****)

© Johan Persson, Ed Harris as Dodge, in the dying throes of...

© Johan Persson, Ed Harris as Dodge, in the dying throes of…

There are some classic lines in Sam Shepard’s brilliant 1978 Pulitzer prize winner, Buried Child. `We can’t not believe in something – we just end up dying if we stop. Just end up dead’. Continue reading