Preview: The Effect

The Effect is intense. The play deals with a number of people involved in a clinical trial of mood-altering drugs. A relationship forms between two of the participants, and events spiral out of control as emotions run high, and it becomes harder and harder for the characters to distinguish between their own emotions and those […]

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Treasure Island isn’t quite gold

The National Theatre’s child-friendly Christmas offering of ‘Treasure Island’ is impressive and polished, but lacks originality. Director Polly Findlay successfully delivers Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic to a new generation, and the adaptation is in the safe hands of Bryony Lavery, but it would be inaccurate to describe the production as ground breaking.

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Verbatim theatre: plays without playwrights

Imagine a play without a playwright, a story without anything imaginary. The increasingly popular genre for experimental plays, verbatim theatre, has realised this subversive vision for contemporary plays. Just as the recent popularisation of reality TV reflects the modern phenomenon of seeking entertainment, or even art, from the everyman, the verbatim genre recounts the words […]

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Preview: Assassins

Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is set to arrive at the O’Reilly with a bang in 7th week. First performed off-Broadway in 1990, the revue-style musical presents nine would-be assassins in murderous attempts (only three of which are successful) spanning two centuries of American history.

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