Tag Archives: legal

Consent, National Theatre

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: “I’ve been raping pensioners.” What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones – it’s barrister … Continue reading

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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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An Audience With Jimmy Savile, Park Theatre

Seldom has there been such impassioned debate about whether a play has a right to exist. Writer Jonathan Maitland faced a barrage of criticism, with many accusing him of exploitation; others felt it was too soon for freshly unveiled horror … Continue reading

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Swimming pool tale unafraid to tackle horror in deep end

A kiss is an innocent thing. So claims Brandon, the swimming coach accused of inappropriate contact, but in Josep Maria Miró i Coromina’s unsettling Archimedes’ Principle at Park Theatre, innocence is constantly reframed by context. Are we more likely to … Continue reading

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Skimming the surface

Playwright Nick Payne set an astronomically high standard with last year’s award-winning quantum-physics romcom Constellations, but his follow-up, The Same Deep Water As Me, a jocular dig at the ‘no win, no fees’ claims culture, is disappointingly slight in comparison. Inspired by … Continue reading

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Law and disorder

The legal world has always been a tempting source for dramatists, with its high stakes, opposing narratives, shocking twists, theatrical arguments and compelling conflicts building to a thrilling climax. Jabine Chaudri’s site-specific My Daughter’s Trial, relocated from the Soho Theatre to Browns Courtrooms, is … Continue reading

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