Category Archives: 2020

The Canary and the Crow

Arcola Theatre, London *****
Runs: 1hr 10 mins without interval
Box Office:  020 7503 1646

Review of perf seen Feb 3, 2020:

© The Other Richard, Daniel Ward (centre), with Rachel Barnes and Laurie Jamieson (cellos and actors) – marvellous multi-skilling…

There have been many plays about racism over the past half century but I don’t remember any that hit so hard, so fluently or so entertainingly as the Hull-based company, Middle Child’s The Canary and the Crow written by Daniel Ward. Continue reading


Riverside Studios, London ****
Runs: 90 mins no interval.
Box office: 020 8237 1010

Review of perf seen Jan 30, 2020:

© Pamela Raith, Alice Krige as Alma, Nobuhle Mngcwengi as Elizabet – the tables are turned from carer to be cared for…

There’s a sense of déjà vu about Persona launching a new era at Riverside Studios.

Six years after it closed for refurbishment, here is Riverside – once the home of an eclectic range of home grown and touring work, and run for a number of years with great elan by Peter Gill – back in business. Continue reading


Soho Theatre, London ****
21 Dean Street
London W1D 3NE
Runs: 60 mins no interval

Review of perf seen Jan 29, 2020:

© Matt Spike, Alexis Gregory and Jonny Woo tasting forbidden fruit before the Fall…

Audacious, sexy and stylish, Alexis Gregory’s Sex/Crime has arrived at Soho, finishing almost as soon as it has begun. No doubt this will not be the last it is seen. Rumours abound of further performances deservedly being planned over the pond. Continue reading

Beckett Triple Bill

Jermyn Street Theatre, London  ****
Review: of perf seen January 17, 2020:

© Robert Workman, James Hayes in Krapp’s Last Tape, recalling a moment of bliss on a tape thirty years ago…another haunting…

Krapp’s Last Tape/Eh Joe/The Old Tune
By Samuel Beckett

Memories, decay and the voices that play in our heads. Beckett, the master of the interior monologue, that voice that never lets you still, waking or even sleeping. Continue reading