Will Power, Theatre N16
Toby Boutall’s story of repressed male emotion is ironically stifled by its inability to speak truth to its audience.
This Is Not Culturally Significant, Vaults Theatre
Naked Man. Naked Britain? Adam Scott-Rowley’s one man League of Extraordinary Genitals takes a stripped back view. Ed got an eye full.
The South Afreakins, Vaults Theatre
Robyn Paterson’s one-woman show is a touching story about a pensionable South African couple with contrasting visions of the future.
Are period dramas and BME performers incompatible?
Julian Fellowes has defended the all-white casting on Half a Sixpence by stating “It is in keeping with period”. Whilst Fellowes justification may make sense to him it sounds ridiculous to everyone else when the National Theatre have cast British-Tanzanian Lucian Msmarti as the Italian Salieri in Amadeus, full period costume and all. Fellowes later…
Mental, Vaults Theatre
Kane Power’s one-man show looks at his mother’s bipolar disorder and the pathology of his pain. It’s an illuminating evening.
Hip, Vaults Theatre
Jolie Booth’s one-woman show attempts to tell two stories – her own and that of a dead woman. But is either true?
Getting involved: Immersive Theatre
I am both repulsed and fascinated by the concept of immersive theatre in equal measure. On one hand, I like traditional theatre for its passiveness. I can go alone, lose myself in the play and know other audience members are doing the same but immersive theatre doesn’t allow that, however small it is you are…
Naomi Westerman On Sex in Theatre
It’s a warm evening in September and I am watching one of my closest friends give his wife (also a good friend) a good seeing-to over a chair. It is their first wedding anniversary. The enthusiastic audience hoots and cheers. I smile and go back to reading the ‘dogging’ section of a popular UK swingers forum.…
Highs and Lows; theatre in 2016
This blog has only been going since April 2016 so it isn’t a comprehensive look at the hits and misses of the year. I saw 80 shows this year, across London and the South East of England. Highlights Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court Upstairs a play that should have transferred and I hope it still does.…