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Country Music


Omnibus Theatre, London ****
Runs: 90 mins without interval
Box Office: phone: 0207 498 4699

Review of performance seen June 11, 2019:

Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie...

© Bonnie Britain, Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie…

Marie McCarthy’s Clapham Omnibus venue never ceases to surprise. Dedicated, as befits its previous life as a library, to story-telling in all its various forms, Scott Le Crass’s revival of Simon Stephens’ Country Music is itself a revelation. Continue reading


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


Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse, London) – Carole Woddis

**** (four stars)

Last week Glasgow was chosen as one of the UK’s cultural must-sees. London didn’t get a look-in but for any theatre buff considering coming south for a quick New Year fix, you could do worse than land at Waterloo and walk along the south bank to London Bridge. Continue reading