Tag Archives: Young Vic Theatre

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

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Young Vic Studio, London (****)

© Corn Exchange

© Corn Exchange

 

There’s a nice congruity about A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’s world premiere being at the Samuel Beckett Centre two years ago because the influence of Beckett runs through it like a seam of rock – under the surface but indisputable, undeniable. Continue reading

Battlefield

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Simon Annand, (left to right) Sean O'Callaghan, Jared McNeill, Ery Nzaramba,  Carole Karemera and Toshi Tsuchitori

© Simon Annand, (left to right) Sean O’Callaghan, Jared McNeill, Ery Nzaramba,
Carole Karemera and Toshi Tsuchitori

An encounter with the theatre of Peter Brook these days is not so much an escape as an audience with the Master, such is the reverence in which understandably he is now held. You have to pinch yourself that at 91, amazingly, he is still making international theatre. The kind of theatre Brook makes, too, is unique: as pure as a child’s soul, as wise as the oldest guru. Continue reading

La Musica

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

© David Sandison

© David Sandison

 

In her lifetime, the French writer, Marguerite Duras was a literary titan, famous for her novels, plays (the RSC produced at least two of her works, Days in the Trees with Peggy Ashcroft, 1966 and Suzanna Andler,1973) and screenplays (Alain Renais’ luminous 1959 film, Hiroshima Mon Amour). Continue reading