Review: Surprise

✮✮✮✮ A middle-class dinner party farce. Monkey suits. Zorba the Greek. It all sounds like comedy by the book, but James P Mannion’s electric script and a confident cast propel Surprise into a league of its own; it’s a chaotic descent into hallucinogenic insanity in which the pace never flags for an instant. As a […]

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Review: Waiting for Godot

✮✮1/2   “Why people have to complicate a thing so simple I can’t make out,” remarked Beckett on the multitude of different interpretations which sprang from his play. Perhaps so, but as this two-and-a-half hour whale swims interminably along, it’s difficult not to find its religious and sociological overtones a little tiresome. The fine cast […]

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Interview with Lee Hall

You’ve adapted a stage play for the screen, and now vice versa – what are the challenges of adaptation?  Adapting something is pretty much like writing anything only someone else has done 80% of the work. Thinking up a story, inventing characters and dramatic situations is the hard bit. Adapting something is really employing the […]

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Review: The Collaborators

✮✮✮ ‘Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.’ The words of Albert Camus echo with special resonance after John Hodge’s 2011 play Collaborators, which dances as much in the infinitude of space between truth and fiction as did its protagonist, Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov, in his […]

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Review – Lord of the Flies

✮✮✮✮✮ The first thing the audience sees as they get in are white cubes: a simple and majestic scenography for indeed a powerful play, though anything but simple. The number of meanings, allegories, and symbolic allusions is impossible to count. But what makes the play so great is that it embraces and at the same […]

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