Review: Sea Wall

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall is raw and devastating. This one-man play begins lightly, Alex (Andrew Scott) chatting amiably about his father-in-law, holidays in the South of France, and his deep affection for his wife and daughter. Yet, strung through this narrative is a tension that tightens as the story unfolds. The audience are constantly on edge, watching as Alex circles closer and closer to the painful story aching at the play’s centre. Continue reading Review: Sea Wall

Review: A Taste of Honey @ Trafalgar Studios

A Taste of Honey, Shelagh Delaney’s debut play (written when she was just 19 years old), proves that being a product of its time does not stop art from being important to contemporary audiences. Bijan Sheibani’s current touring production, for the National Theatre and showing at Trafalgar Studios in London this holiday season, only serves to reiterate this point. When the play premiered at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1958, it was considered part of the post-war ‘kitchen sink’ genre because of how it revolutionised British theatre by questioning class, race, gender and sexuality in mid-20th century Britain. Continue reading Review: A Taste of Honey @ Trafalgar Studios

Review: CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION @ Exeter Phoenix

Climate Change Theatre Action is a series of worldwide readings and performances of short climate change plays with the intention of raising awareness through a new platform. The performance promised readings of short plays focusing on climate change by a panel of climate scientists from the Met Office and the University of Exeter, in partnership with Agile Rabbit.   Continue reading Review: CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION @ Exeter Phoenix

Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

There’s a little bit of Fleabag in everyone. It was this, as well as an increased obsession with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s written genius that I took away from the NT production of “Fleabag” on 12 September. Being a student, I couldn’t afford the £70 train down to London, as much as I wanted to; instead I watched the live streaming at my local cinema. The experience was nothing short of captivating. It was in Phoebe’s use of minimalistic visuals, a single chair encapsulated in darkness with one interrogative yet feeble light above her, that Fleabag’s garish anecdotes invited almost a safe space, for the audience to laugh both at her, and in reflection, at their own selves, with the comfort of knowing that being a ‘greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist’ is okay. Continue reading Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

I entered the M&D room with little idea of what to expect, however, EUTCO’s The Shape of Things took me by surprise. For most of its two-hour duration, the play is an intense and voyeuristic examination of two couples, along with the diverse and ever-changing relationships between the four individuals. However, the final scene unravels much of what the audience has come to believe to be the truth about the characters. Facades crumble, lies emerge, and the audience is left questioning the truth of their own life, just as much as the truth of the play. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

Review: Education, Education, Education

It’s Friday, 2nd May 1997. The teachers of a British comprehensive school are jubilant with optimism, fuelled by the prospect of a newly-elected Labour government injecting the education system with some much-needed cash. A beaming headmaster, Hugh Mills (Tom England), shows newbie assistant teacher from Germany, Tobias (James Newton) around his school, the immense ability of its students proudly on display. Everyone should be in … Continue reading Review: Education, Education, Education

The West End Comes to Exeter

Laura Wade is best known for her play Posh which gained critical acclaim during its West End run. The playwright now brings her work to Exeter with a brand new play, Other Hands. The play looks at the reliance on technology in the modern world, and how this quick-fix attitude cannot be applied so easily to personal life. It tells the story of a high-flying businesswoman, struggling … Continue reading The West End Comes to Exeter

Play Without Words

Play Without Words is one of renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne’s most successful pieces. Created in 2002, the dance work received critical acclaim during its first showing which was produced by the National Theatre. Play Without Words went on to win the 2003 Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer and has proved popular with audiences as well as critics. The piece is set … Continue reading Play Without Words