Ninagawa Company, Macbeth
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Macbeth

Famous improvisational troupe the Comedy Store Players play a game where they ask the audience to suggest styles of theatre for them to continue the scene. Invariably, someone will suggest “Noh theatre” - t...
After the Rehearsal/Persona Barbican Theatre
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After the Rehearsal/Persona

Remember that scene in Woody Allen’s time-travel comedy Midnight in Paris where the hero encounters Luis Buñuel, and pitches him what will become the plot for El ángel exterminador: a group of people having...
2.0★ ★

NSFW

NSFW stands for “Not Safe For Work”, a warning added to certain websites that you might want to think twice before viewing them in the office (and don’t pretend you didn’t know that...) It’s also the ...
3.0★ ★ ★

Chinese Whispers

If the phrase “Chinese whispers” describes the way a tale becomes distorted in the retelling, here we have deception of a more deliberate kind - though having said that, it seems legitimate to wonder to wha...
3.0★ ★ ★

right left with heels

If Christopher Isherwood’s novel about the rise of Nazism, “Goodbye to Berlin”, was later staged under the name “I Am a Camera”, here we have Francesca Isherwood tackling similar subject matter - but ...
2.0★ ★

The Passion of the Playboy Riots

You have disgraced yourselves again. Is this to be the recurring celebration of the arrival of Irish genius? WB Yeats’ famous words to the audience who rioted at the premier of Sean O’Casey’s “The Ploug...
3.0★ ★ ★

Aisha

It’s no insult to Aisha to say that it’s very much an issue play, concerning the forced marriage of young girls to much older men. The name is presumably a reference to the ever-controversial subject of the...
3.0★ ★ ★

An Octoroon

Is Boucsploitation a thing now? Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ relationship with Irish playwright Dion Boucicault is clearly a complex one, perhaps more complex than is conveyed by having them shout “Fuck you!” ...
Little Bulb - Extravaganza Macabre @ Battersea Arts Centre
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Extravaganza Macabre

What is the plural of euphonium? I never imagined I’d need to know, but Little Bulb Theatre’s show Extravaganza Macabre, which inaugurates Battersea Arts Centre’s new Courtyard Theatre, begins with three ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Eavesdropping

You could sit in Starbucks and secretly record the conversation at the table next to you. The dialogue would by definition be realistic, but would the result necessarily make a great play? No, because a play ne...