The Cane

The Cane

‘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

Hole

Hole is a piece of theatre that has been in incubation for a long time. 

The Prudes

The Prudes

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… 

Grimly Handsome

Grimly Handsome

At times I question The Royal Court for programming plays aimed solely are the pretentious and the seasoned theatre critic. 

Goats

Goats

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 Roads

Bad Roads

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… 

Road

Road

Bad times make for good drama. 

Anatomy of a Suicide

Anatomy of a Suicide

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 a Suicid… 

Killology

Killology

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… 

The Ferryman

The Ferryman

If populism breeds cynicism, then there’s a high quota of cheap shots that could be made towards the Royal Court’s latest offering. 

Nuclear War

Nuclear War

Nuclear War is Simon Stephens’ experimental foray into contemporary movement and dance. 

Wish List

Wish List

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… 

The Children

The Children

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. 

Torn

Torn

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. 

Minefield

Minefield

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… 

Human Animals

Human Animals

A bird crashes through the window and meets a brutal end, its blood smeared across the living room carpet. 

Cyprus Avenue

Cyprus Avenue

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… 

I See You

I See You

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… 

Yen

Yen

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 … 

Escaped Alone

Escaped Alone

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 …