I leave the auditorium feeling undecided about all of the characters. Who I like, who I dislike, why. I think in the end that’s what is really interesting about this magnificent magnifying glass onto fractious family life, that no character is good or right or easy to understand.
I’ll hesitate to say that, in the first moments of Sleepless, I misjudged the capability of the enthralling company and the mysteries they have to tell us.
There were humorous one liners and the beginning was very touching but Turf spun too far away into the ridiculous to be particularly entertaining.
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.
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.
Hamilton and Norris discuss theatre, and particularly touring, as “a way of connecting communities and sharing stories we’re passionate about.”
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.
#Haters tells the true story of a stabbing in Hackney in 2014 and the internet furore that occurred in its wake. As a commentary on the futility and brutality of knife crime among young people, it was heart wrenching, but some aspects really let down the piece.
The already highly-anticipated transfer of Michael Mayer’s production to the Savoy Theatre may perhaps extend across the pond… Sheridan has played her cards right and it has Broadway written all over its parade.
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.