The Soul of Wittgenstein, by Ron Elisha, is a sensitive and clever two-hander set during the Second World War. A patient and his hospital attendant develop a deep relationship based on learning facts and discovering life.
Helen McCrory’s Hester leads the National Theatre’s The Deep Blue Sea through calm and tempest. I found reverie and respect, hurt and pining, and pin-pointed elegance in The Deep Blue Sea.
The multi-textured piece had the “suggestive power” of life at its most ephemeral and day-to-day, with its meaningless cut offs and meanings beyond words captured superlatively by Lovett and nuanced by his musical company.
There’s this base on Pluto. We’re stranded there. The world is set all wonky. Everything is very clean.
What a quiet triumph for Up in Arms. Hamilton’s production of German Skerries glows with a deep-felt respect and knowledge of a particular locale and its people.
It is a slick, seemingly simple production that Icke has given time to breathe for moments like lighting candles, pouring wine, cutting cheese and catching raindrops. But it is the human conflicts between these spaces of time that make it magical.
An abject examination of children, cruelty and families. I really didn’t like it but would urge everyone to see it. What a play.
Radar 2015 is the Bush’s signature, eclectic mix of new writing presented as a festival each year. Misty, written and performed by Arinze Kene, is one of those first look pieces. No More Worries is a two-hander co-production with The Albany, Apples and Snakes, and the Arc Stockton. Both of these small, brilliant, funny productions use poetic rhythms to create shows that tease out how we present theatre today.
Waste was written by Harley Granville Barker. He’s a key figure for the National Theatre, which he wrote the founding scheme for in 1907 alongside William Archer. Today, however, the stuffy over-pronunciation, elongated vowels, and twenties party politics in Waste don’t have the pace or drama to sustain our attention.
It all kicks off in triumphant, truly entertaining style as three students pack up their student house and prepare to burst out of the uni bubble for good. For any graduate, it will provide a blissfully entertaining barrage of unaaaay in-jokes and sometimes settle a little too close to home in its fearless ridicule of student oddities.