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The Contingency Plan

Bush Theatre, London

London: The Contingency Plan : In repertoire to June 6, 2009

Posted by : Carole Woddis on May 10, 2009 – 13.50pm London

The Contingency Plan

On the Beach; Resilience

Bush Theatre,
Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8QD
7.30; 2.30 & 7.30 Sats for both plays: see website for details

On the Beach runs 2hrs incl one interval;
Resilience runs 2hrs 15 mins incl one interval.

Signed perfs 9 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm Audio Described perfs Sat, 16 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm Captioned perfs Sat, 23 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

TICKETS: 0208743 5050
In person: Mon– Sat
On-line: www.bushtheatre.co.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen May 7, 2009

Steve Waters has been brewing up for something special for a while now. Continue reading


Donmar Theatre, London ****

Runs: 2hrs 20 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen July 1, 2019:

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) - immigrants and residents clashing up against each other...

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Ron Cook (fret), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) – immigrants and residents clashing up against each other…

How fascinating to see David Greig’s Europe again twenty-five years on from its premiere. What was Greig thinking about, I wonder, when he first wrote Europe in 1994? – a landscape so far distant from our own in 2019 in terms of optimism in a play also now so prescient of the violence that immigration has unleashed on Europe reigniting the rise of neo fascism barely fifty years after the war that many must have thought had crushed it forever.  Continue reading

They Drink It In The Congo

Almeida Theatre, London (***)

© Marc Brenner, (centre), Sule Rimi (Oudry) and cast

© Marc Brenner, (centre), Sule Rimi (Oudry) and cast

Adam Brace’s Stovepipe, about the `reconstruction’ of Iraq after the war, was one of the highlights of 2009. Brace, a former journalist, wove a compelling picture of characters drawn to `theatres’ of war, the dirt, the dust and the human mess of it all. I loved Michael Longhurst’s promenade production, too, and his subsequent work with Nick Payne’s Constellations, Linda and Remembrance Day all at the Royal Court. Continue reading


Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London (****)

© Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

With extraordinary, even eerily apt timing, in the week that a judge ruled that a woman who felt she had lost her sparkle at 50 had a right to refuse life-saving dialysis treatment, the Royal Court’s latest deals precisely with the invisibility felt by older women. Continue reading


Unit 19, West 12 Centre, Shepherds Bush, London

A stone’s thrown down from The Bush theatre stands the West 12 Shopping Centre. Dwarfed by its pushy new arrival, Westfield, Unit 19 West 12 is now playing host to an unlikely nightly bombardment set in motion by the Bush’s enterprising Josie Rourke in collaboration with the National Theatre. Continue reading

Bad Jews

St James Theatre, London


Bad Jews

© Robert Workman

Some title. Nobody not of the persuasion could possibly have come up with such a barbed description. Nobody else could have got away with writing such a withering – and yes, shocking – account of Jewish family dynamics than someone deeply embedded in its layers of acrimony yet still have the chutzpah to call it `a comedy’.

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