Monthly Archives: September 2010

Surprises and disappointments: Clybourne Park at the Royal Court and Estate Walls at #54 Oval House Theatre

When it pays off to explore the Fringe I’d been looking forward to seeing Clybourne Park for a while. I’d heard several glowing reviews and, after all, everyone loves the Royal Court, don’t they? On this occasion it seems that … Continue reading

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Interminable intervals: The Aliens at #53 The Bush

How integral should an interval be? Annie Baker’s new play The Aliens, directed by Peter Gill, is an easy watch – a little too easy. It’s a reasonable night out, but probably not a memorable one. The play runs at … Continue reading

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Maurice at #52 Above the Stag

Written for  Maurice This is the second run Roger Parsley‘s adaptation of EM Forster’s Maurice has had at Above the Stag, and it’s easy to see why. Adam Lilley‘s honest and intricate portrayal of Maurice Hall, a young man … Continue reading

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Spare at the New Diorama

Written for Total Theatre Magazine Almost as bewildering for its audience as it must be for its actors, Sebastian Rex’s Spare harnesses the latent discomfort we feel when confronted with ambigiously abusive sexual encounters. Cast completely at random every performance, … Continue reading

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Lovers Walk at Southwark Playhouse

Written for  Lovers Walk, a sweet yet not sickly promenade performance by HighHearted Theatre for Southwark Playhouse, is the perfect cure to sedentary theatre-going. The story of Matt and Rosie’s relationship may be familiar, but it is told in … Continue reading

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When the personal gets political: Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

A drama in that which is silenced is that which speaks loudest (photo Richard Hubert Smith) Blood and Gifts, J T Rogers’ new play about the American, anti-Soviet involvement in Afghanistan from 1981-1991, is complex and disorientating. If you’re not … Continue reading

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How huge is Hugh Hughes? The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes at the Barbican

The emergence of a theatrical persona Hugh Hughes is attracting something of a cult following. On Saturday, myself and an audience of dedicated Hughes followers spent almost 8 hours at the Barbican as part of what is being termed the … Continue reading

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