Review: The Architect

✮✮✮✮ Bird song, distant applause, a urinal next to a lorry next to a flower bed. The residents of Eden Court, Leo Black’s idyll of a Council Estate, modelled on Stone Henge, award-winning even, are calling for its demolition. Naively optimistic, he defends his architecture. Around him, his family fall apart.

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Review: Blood Wedding

✮✮✮ On the whole the works of Lorca tend to be characterised by their musicality and their poetic nature. Treves’ vision of Blood Wedding captures this well, and the focus is constantly drawn to the lines between song and speech; dance and movement; and verse and voice. The original score written for the production, combined […]

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Preview: The Architect

Dom Applewhite (The Pillowman) continues his voyage into experimental theatre with a novel approach to fending off the critics.  Intrepid reviewers were welcomed into the troubled household of the Black family, the cast of 7th week’s The Architect, directed by Sam Ward.   Tensions run high in this suburban 2 up 1 down, as parents Leo […]

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Preview: Captain Amazing

Captain Amazing is invincible – a run in with the sun causes him no more than a “light tan” and no villain can out smart him. Each bedtime, Mark recounts the adventures of his superhero self, Captain Amazing, to his daughter Emily. But as Mark tells these stories to Emily, he gradually “fools himself into […]

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Preview: Richard Parker

Two men are stranded out at sea, nursing starved stomachs and contemplating their potentially imminent deaths, by starvation, by sharks, even by each other. Richard Parker 2 (Ieuan Perkins) wolfs down his hidden stash of sardines, whilst Richard Parker 1 (Jake Boswall) pours out his fears of death. Imaginary shark fins are created in a […]

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Notes from the Dressing Room

Next up, Assassins, the O’Reilly’s penultimate Michaelmas show and it’s Sondheim, so you know it’s going to be a banger. So far the process has been as far a cry from Jerusalem as you could imagine: (a) All my limbs are, at the moment, fully-functioning (touch wood); (b) I actually know what the costumes are […]

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Notes from the Dressing Room

So this is one absolutely harassed costume designer reporting from the frontline of what may be this term’s craziest production: Will Felton’s interpretation of the Butterworth/Rylance smash hit, Jerusalem. There’s nothing quite like Show Week to get a costume designer at her (or his) wit’s end: no matter how many months you’ve spent preparing yourself […]

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Jerusalem: “a carnival of sensory delights”

✮✮✮✮✮ Barney Fishwick is Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Will Felton’s captivating adaption of Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem, an intoxicating concoction of debauchery, anarchy and allegory. It is St George’s Day in Flintock, Wiltshire, and the modern-day pied-piper, coaxing youths into the forest with alcohol and amphetamines, is facing imminent eviction from his static mobile home. […]

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