The Beginning

The Beginning

The beginning of The Beginning does in fact begin before you realise it. Michael Pinchbeck sits in a chair in front of a desk with an array of neatly arranged and labelled objects, upstage and visible but outside the stage marked out... 

There Has Possibly Been an Incident

There Has Possibly Been an Incident

A plane crash; tanks stopped on Tiananmen Square; a ruler standing on a palatial balcony; the interrogation of the perpetrator of a mass shooting. There Has Possibly Been an Incident consists of three monologues and one dialogue, fractured and woven together... 

A Conversation With My Father

A Conversation With My Father

Hannah Nicklin is a remarkably unpretentious, simple, intelligent theatre-maker. She’s also a regular protestor - and A Conversation with My Father sets out to show that these two roles aren’t all that different... 

The Emma Packer Show - What's the Point in Living If You Can't Cha-Cha-Cha?

The Emma Packer Show - What's the Point in Living If You Can't Cha-Cha-Cha?

The Emma Packer Show is audaciously bad. Packer certainly doesn’t lack confidence; she commits to each of her character studies to the point of aggression. During this uncomfortable and unstimulating hour Packer presents us with: Beverly a tight-dressed Essex girl; Margaret a severe etiquette-mistress; Kay Greenwood a Daily Mail toting pensioner; Amy Jones a chav; and Susan Cavanaug, an Australian saleswoman... 

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning does three things: it tells the story of Manning’s life; it calls into question the ethics of the army culture in which he found himself; and it seeks to provide an explanation for Manning’s temperament and actions by dramatizing his Welsh schooling... 

On the One Hand

On the One Hand

Paper Birds’ On the One Hand looks and feels a lot like a John Lewis advert. Four women, all at different stages of their lives are on stage, on a set comprised of dangling furniture, a neat red and white chequered floor and vibrant green grass... 

I'm With the Band

I'm With the Band

The best allegories can stand on their own two feet. You can read Animal Farm without much knowledge of the Russian Revolution and still learn a great deal about power, terror and totalitarianism... 

The Sleeping Trees' Odyssey

The Sleeping Trees' Odyssey

Sing, muse, of three sweaty men, dressed all in white; James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn are The Sleeping Trees and their Odyssey is lively, loud and ebullient... 

Real Horror Show

Real Horror Show

It is perhaps embarrassing how long into Colin Hoult’s The Real Horror Show it took me, until I realised what I was watching. The first section went by in a confused blur of clunky dialogue and terrible acting with very few laughs and more importantly, no scares... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

The Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group’s Romeo and Juliet is just the sort of production that can give Shakespeare a bad name. It’s vague, poorly acted, unimaginative, badly stylised and consequently incredibly tedious to sit through for anyone who isn’t a family-member or friend of the cast... 

Cut!

Cut!

Knee-high boots, a wayward German accent and a toothbrush moustache – major alarm bells for any production, but even more so for a one-man show. Especially one that isn’t about Hitler... 

Kubrick3

Kubrick3

Alan Conway spent several years pretending to be Stanley Kubrick, a man he knew very little about – and people believed him. This is a fun and fascinating starting point for a piece of theatre... 

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

There is much about Stephen King’s novella The Shawshank Redemption that is suited to a stage adaptation, the action taking place in the claustrophobic rooms of a prison, its narrative driven by the relations between inmates, guards, and parole officers... 

A Circus Affair

A Circus Affair

The big problem with A Circus Affair is that its performers, Sarita and Mr Kiko, spend too little time doing what they are good at (circus) and far too much time filling out the show into a woefully uninteresting love story... 

Voices Made Night

Voices Made Night

‘You can tell the bits, but can never complete the picture.’ The final sentiment of Magnet Theatre’s Voices Made Night reflects the nature of a show composed of fragmentary short stories...