Nine Night

Nine Night

There’s little to evoke more anxiety and dread than the phrase ‘Traditional Family Christmas’. Three words that used individually may suggest happiness, take on a whole new meaning with the memories that come when strung together... 

John

John

UK theatregoers may be playing catch-up when it comes to playwright Annie Baker. Whilst her first major work, Body Awareness, premiered off-Broadway at the David Mamet and William H Macy founded Atlantic Theatre Company almost a decade ago, it was only 2016's The Flick here at The National's Dorfman that seemed to get most of us talking... 

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

When the voice of Bryony Kimmings - writer and director of this piece and "performance artist by trade" - asks at the start "how could you make a show about illness and death without risking no one coming?", the cynical answer may be "easily, it's a worthy idea that's been done all over the Edinburgh Fringe for starters"... 

Sunset at the Villa Thalia

Sunset at the Villa Thalia

Calling the run-down Greek shack that acts as the entire setting of this play a 'Villa' and then naming it after Thalia (representing comedy as the Greek Goddess of Festivity), American Government Agent Harvey tells his new friend - British playwright Theo - that it should be his muse to "write something provocative, satirical and funny"... 

The Flick

The Flick

Over three hours into Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning comment on the everyday existence of the everyman, The Flick, one of the characters says that (his) “life may be depressing but there's some really good stuff in it”...