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The March on Russia

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (****)

© Helen Maybanks, Ian Gelder as former miner, Mr Pasmore and politician daughter, Wendy (Sarah Belcher)

© Helen Maybanks, Ian Gelder’s wonderfully hollowed out former miner, Tommy Pasmore and politician daughter, Wendy (Sarah Belcher)

For several decades, David Storey was a titan of working class political realism, garlanded with awards for films such as This Sporting Life and The Changing Room. On stage, plays like The Contractor, In Celebration and for Storey, the unusually more abstract, Home with Sir John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, charted the dying chords of a post-war generation, family life and Britain’s changing industrial landscape. Continue reading

While We’re Here

Bush Theatre Studio, London (****)

© Mark Douet, Andrew French (Eddie) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Carol)

© Mark Douet, Andrew French (Eddie) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Carol)

Walking back from the Bush the other evening, I glanced back at the Green and remembered the years when the one-room `Bush’ hovered above a far from welcoming pub, up some uncomfortable and cranky stairs. For years and years. Continue reading

German Skerries

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (***)

© Manuel Harlan George Evans (Jack Williams), Howard Ward (Martin Jones)

© Manuel Harlan
George Evans (Jack Williams), Howard Ward (Martin Jones)

Robert Holman has long been a favourite, ever since seeing Making Noise Quietly and Other Worlds in the early ‘80s. So Orange Tree and Up in Arms revival of one of his very early works is very welcome. Continue reading