‘Tell them…! Tell them…! Tell them…!’ Shouts Alun Armstrong, disgraced deputy headmaster Edward, as he brandishes the eponymous cane in one hand whilst walls close in aro…
Hole is a piece of theatre that has been in incubation for a long time.
About five minutes in to the therapy session cum comedy gig cum This Morning Celeb Interview that tonally is The Prudes, late 30s couple Jess and Jimmy inform the audience as their…
At times I question The Royal Court for programming plays aimed solely are the pretentious and the seasoned theatre critic.
Ukrainian playwright, Natal’ya Vorozhbit may be
one of the few global voices for a conflict many of us seem to have ‘forgotten’,
as though the Russian intervention happened…
Set in a village in Syria, Liwaa Yazji’s Goats
translated by Katherine Halls directs its focus on the struggles of a community
devouring state controlled propaganda deep within…
Bad times make for good drama.
Killology (by Gary Owen, writer of last year’s
award-winning play, Iphigenia in Splott) follows in a similar ilk to the likes
of recent pieces Upstairs at The Royal Court, Yen an…
First things first: if you’ve ever worried about
how a history of depression or suicide in your family could affect you or your
children, DO NOT go and watch Anatomy of
If populism breeds cynicism, then there’s a high
quota of cheap shots that could be made towards the Royal Court’s latest
War is Simon Stephens’ experimental foray into
contemporary movement and dance.
God life can be a depressing old thing can’t it?
When, through no fault of your own, you find yourself struggling to just exist
from one long unfulfilling day to the next – kno…
If the purpose of life is to continue its
perpetuity, the implication is that those of us who spawn children are
naturally superior to those who don’t.
In a charged, fraught episode – one of many in Torn – actor Roger Griffiths shouts that
this is the last chance to ‘salvage the wreckage’ of a family.
As I’ve said before, whilst important times in
history demand to be explored in theatre and film – and often bring raw emotion
with them the more recent the history is – subj…
A bird crashes through the window and meets a brutal end,
its blood smeared across the living room carpet.
It’s difficult for many people today – and not
just those whose lives weren’t directly impacted – to really understand
the common sense background to what my Mum (and the BBC…
What happens to your sense of identity when the
world in which that self was created dramatically changes? If you lived to
fight, what if the outcome of that fight wasn’t what yo…
When your life is borne of problems, pain and
lies, the longer you don’t – or can’t – do anything to improve it, the more you
may take an almost masochistic solace (from the …
Caryl Churchill rarely does interviews and never discusses the meanings
behind her plays (even her stage directions are scant) - so I would be building
myself up for a fall if I …
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