Category Archives: Opinion

Is a critic’s life worth living?

When is it time to move away from watching mediocre theatre?  Visitors to this site may have noticed a paucity in the number of my recent blog posts. Although this has been the effect of several causes, laziness has not … Continue reading

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Or Am I Alone? at #65 Toynbee Studios

Cardboard Citizens and the potential of forum theatre Cardboard Citizens is an established theatre group, comprised of members who have all experienced homelessness but who are now working as professional actors. With social issues at the heart of the work … Continue reading

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The Glass Menagerie at #62 The Young Vic

The dangers of an old favourite  Joe Hill-Gibbins’ new production of The Glass Menagerie is an escapist delight: Jeremy Herbert’s set transports us straight back to 1930s America and Laura Hopkins’ costumes are intelligently matched to their characters. With delectable … Continue reading

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Is a modern audience shock-proof? Blasted at the Lyric Hammersmith

Blasted It’s exciting when a rarely performed play of theatrical legend comes to a mainstream theatre. It’s even more exciting when that play is Blasted, and the production is almost as uncompromising as we imagine Sarah Kane would have liked … Continue reading

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If you want to get ugly, get really ugly

Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Ugly at Jacksons Lane A cleverly marketed play about the effects of climate change, Red Ladder’s Ugly is currently on a small-scale tour of the country. Set in a dystopian shell of the world we know, people … Continue reading

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‘A few technical hitches’: Secret Boulevard at #55 The Courtyard

How far should we let logistical errors influence our judgement of a production? Tucked away in a Hoxton side street, The Courtyard is an inviting venue comprised of one main performance space and a smaller studio theatre. Secret Boulevard, Dylan … Continue reading

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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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