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On Bear Ridge

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Runs: 90 without interval
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Review: of perf seen Nov 4, 2019:

© Mark Douet, Rakie Ayola as Noni, and Rhys Ifans as John Daniel, a couple at the extreme but somehow finding resilience...

© Mark Douet, Rakie Ayola as Noni, and Rhys Ifans as John Daniel, a couple at the extreme but somehow finding resilience…and an actor at the height of his powers.

Some plays and productions cast a very special kind of spell. Theatre is all about suspension of disbelief, of the creation for a small amount of time, of a particularly hermetic, special kind of world. And within that particularity, if they get it right, is a universality, a paradox that never ceases to amaze. Continue reading

The Cane

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Dec 27, 2018:

© Johan Persson, Maggie Steed as Maureen, loyal but under the deputy headmaster's marital thumb, and Nicola Walker as the renegade daughter, Anna, now teaching in a hated Academy school...set by Chloe Lamford.

© Johan Persson, Maggie Steed as Maureen, loyal but under the deputy headmaster’s marital thumb, and Nicola Walker as the renegade daughter, Anna, now teaching in a hated Academy school…set by Chloe Lamford.

Mark Ravenhill made his name as part of the 1990s In-Yer-Face wave of young British dramatists with the play calculated to shock, Shopping and F**king. 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

How to Hold Your Breath

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London

Zinnie Harris is one of our most original, exciting dramatists. Her latest, How to Hold Your Breath doesn’t entirely succeed but is almost breathtaking in its ambition. An attempt to present the possible collapse of modern 21st century European life in terms of a grand metaphor, it ends in an image all too recognisable from the front pages – illegal immigrants failing to survive a sinking ship. Slipping and sliding down Chloe Lamford’s raised platform, it’s one that also powerfully recalls echoes of the Final Judgement.

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