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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

Raz

Trafalgar Studios, London (****)

© Oliver Rosser, James Cartwright (Shane)

© Oliver Rosser, James Cartwright (Shane)

As of old, Jim Cartwright’s Raz packs a punch. `Out on the raz’, `getting hammered’, `Friday night is binge night’, they certainly know how to do it `up North’ if Cartwright’s racey homage to an end-of-week night out is anything to go by. Continue reading