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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

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