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Anyone who has ever visited small town Ireland will find much that is familiar in Enda Walsh’s newest offering. At times hilarious, although ultimately harrowing, the play boasts a tour-de-force performance from Cillian Murphy, bringing to life not only Thomas Magill, or ‘Misterman’, but the entire town of Innisfree. From the simple Eamonn at the [...]
Alexander Pope, according to Basil Spear, Master of English in David Hare’s South Downs, is the greatest English poet ever known and is responsible for removing from the poet any burden of originality. Call me crazy, and apologies to Mr Pope, but I don’t think that’s a good thing. Originality, imagination, new thinking and the [...]
We go to the theatre perhaps to escape and be drawn into another world, to think, to laugh, to cry. But occasionally we see something that breaks the mould and surpasses our expectations, staying with us long after we leave the auditorium.
War Horse has humble roots at the National Theatre, where it was so successful [...]
The Guardian recently ran an article listing the top five regrets of the dying and right at the top was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” You can almost picture the fairy tale old lady now – lying on her death [...]
Once, quite a long time ago, Ryan O’Neal tried to persuade us that “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Although I’ve never fully understood what was meant by this (and anyway, I disagree), the drive to explore what ‘love’ might be – how it works, what it means and how we can learn [...]
It’s coming up to Christmas – well its December anyhow – a time that makes each and every one of us wish we were five again and believed in Santa (or is that just me?). Watching kids films, eating so much chocolate I think I might be sick and dancing around to Mariah Carey is [...]
Milk presents weave a dark and twisted tale in a show that is creative, clumsy and chaotic – a reimagining of what we perceive to be the ‘average fairytale’.
Loosely based on the French literary folktale, the plot revolves around a charming nobleman wooing and marrying a young virgin girl, Pam, and inviting her into his [...]
Sitting in a room at the Theatre Royal Stratford East theatre, waiting to get aboard a minibus and start Roadkill, our usher stood up and made a safety announcement about the piece, finishing up by telling us all that she hoped we enjoyed it. The woman next to me chuckled in reply – “I’m not [...]
For the first time in over 25 years, Edward Bond’s Saved is on stage at the Lyric Hammersmith. Kate Richards attended an after-show Q & A to see if it would shed some light on some of the issues raised in this controversial play.
Saved is a play I didn’t think I would ever see on [...]
The story of a chain gang rebel
Cool Hand Luke tells the story of Lloyd ‘Luke’ Jackson, war veteran and chain gang convict, always on the run and on the wrong side of the law. He plays a cool hand of poker and keeps his cards to himself. In his chain gang he inspires rebellion, challenging [...]