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Interview: Clare Barron talks Dance Nation

The playwright discusses the UK premiere of her latest work at the Almeida Theatre. Read my full Islington Gazette interview here Advertisements

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Engaging comment on liberal guilt

Post-colonial turmoil, rival militias, and a fought-over mineral key to mobile phones and computers: just some of the complex problems in the Congo tackled by Adam Brace’s educational if sprawling three-hour play. It intelligently reframes the region as far more … Continue reading

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Sensational staging is a creative triumph

If the Matilda team felt pressure to repeat their success – and live up to Harold Ramis’s beloved Bill Murray-starring film – there’s no sign of it in this sensational adaptation of Groundhog Day, easily the best new home-grown musical of recent times. Read my full Islington Gazette review

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Smart dialogue, but too much millennial self-analysis

Not content with playing narcissistic misfits in Hollywood movies like The Social Network, actor-turned-writer Jesse Eisenberg is creating them for himself. In his third play, he’s a weed-smoking failed filmmaker, loafing around the swanky Manhattan apartment his father bought him … Continue reading

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Dark portrait of addiction

Emma lies, professionally and pathologically. She’s a struggling actress, and her zeal for living lives other than her own is the biggest barrier to her recovery from drugs and alcohol addiction. Duncan Macmillan’s searing piece, which transfers after a sold-out … Continue reading

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Pit drama is grim but gripping

Three plays, three families, three hours of DH Lawrence. If that fills you with dread, I have good news: Ben Power’s skilled melding of this trio of mining dramas, unperformed in Lawrence’s lifetime, creates a spellbindingly intimate epic. Read my … Continue reading

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The Gathered Leaves, Park Theatre

It’s a family affair, with real-life mother and daughter Jane Asher and Katie Scarfe joining Alexander Hanson and son Tom in Andrew Keatley’s – appropriately enough – family-centric saga. Read my full Islington Gazette review here

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The Trial, Young Vic

Judgement is inescapable in Richard Jones’s punishing version of Kafka’s novel. Miriam Buether’s striking design makes the audience a voyeuristic jury, ranged on benches in the queasily lit courtroom, with the accused toiling before us on a rolling travelator. It’s … Continue reading

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Savile victims honoured in chilling story

How did he get away with it? That’s the question Jonathan Maitland’s controversial new play addresses, juxtaposing national treasure Sir Jimmy Savile, feted by monarchs, prime ministers and cardinals, with the thuggish serial abuser. Savile’s cheeky asides – the knighthood … Continue reading

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A poignant take on a post-apocalytic world

The Sydney Theatre Company team had an appropriately Beckettian experience while mounting this new production: the first few weeks of rehearsal were spent waiting for a director who never appeared. Company director Andrew Upton eventually took over from absent Tamás … Continue reading

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