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Life of Galileo

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

Clever programming from David Lan has delivered exactly the right kind of play at the right time. Whatever you may think about Bertolt Brecht’s more doctrinaire views, here’s a play in Joe Wright’s visually spectacular, star-gazing production that says exactly what needs to be said for a society reeling from and dominated by self-interest and finance

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The Nest

The Maria, Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© David Sandison, Caoilfhionn Dunne (Martha), Laurence Kinlan (Kurt)

© David Sandison, Laurence Kinlan (Kurt), Caoilfhionn Dunne (Martha),

It’s funny the way some productions just stick with you. A couple of decades ago at least, I saw a production of Schiller’s The Robbers at the Gate Notting Hill. I think there was also a Buchner’s Woyzeck there at about the same time (though my own records don’t go that far back or if they do, they’re currently inaccessible). Continue reading

A Man of Good Hope

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Keith Pattison, Isango Ensemble - the company

© Keith Pattison, Isango Ensemble – the company

As fourteen children from the Calais `jungle’ arrive at Croydon for `processing’, one can only imagine some of the journeys and experiences that have brought them to this point. But that imagination will be helped on its way by viewing A Man of Good Hope, the latest and perhaps most remarkable music theatre from South Africa’s Isango Ensemble. Continue reading

Blue/Orange

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Johan Persson, Luke Norris (Bruce), David Haig (Robert), Daniel Kaluuya (Christopher)

© Johan Persson, Luke Norris (Bruce), David Haig (Robert), Daniel Kaluuya (Christopher)

Sixteen years on from its premiere, Joe Penhall’s explosive exposé about race and mental health has, sadly, lost none of its relevance. People from a black African or Caribbean background are still disproportionately likely to be `sectioned’ – detained without their permission.  Continue reading