Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

The Four Stages of Cruelty

May 31, 2011


Adapting William Hogarth’s coruscating vision of a vice-filled London is an attractive proposition. Substitute crack for gin, and his depiction of broken families and corrupt politicians could be ripped from today’s headlines. But Adam Brace and Sebastian Armesto’s interpretation for the stage of ‘The Four Stages of Cruelty’ reveals that successfully capturing the tone of […]

Interview: Tamzin Paskins on the Gaea Theatre Festival

May 30, 2011


From August to November 2011, Giant Olive Theatre Company will be celebrating women playwrights, performers, directors and designers as part of the Gaea Theatre Festival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. The Festival’s dynamic and innovative programme also re-launches the Kentish Town venue as a major player on the London independent theatre scene, following its closure […]

Lord of the Flies

May 26, 2011


Since its publication in 1954, Lord of the Flies has lost some of its shock value. At a time when our headlines are filled with stories about teenage gangs and knife-crime, its tale of British schoolchildren who descend into savagery comes across as prescient but unhappily commonplace. And in a post-9/11 world of hooded, humiliated prisoners and […]

Interview: Kamaal Hussain and Drew Ballantyne on Public Interest

May 25, 2011


On 15 September 2003, Baha Mousa, an Iraqi civilian, died while in the custody of the British army in Basra. The beatings he received were so severe that they resulted in 93 different injuries. New play Public Interest, written by Drew Ballantyne and directed by Kamaal Hussain, is inspired by the British government’s inquiry into […]

The Lady of Burma

May 20, 2011


Aung San Suu Kyi, guest director of this year’s Brighton Festival, has been such a potent absent-presence in the public imagination that it’s almost jarring at the start of The Lady of Burma to find her given voice. But thanks to the beautiful concision of Richard Shannon’s writing, Owen Lewis’s careful direction and a performance of quiet […]

Interview: RoAm Productions and Madison Theatre Company

May 19, 2011


Monday 31 May will see the London premiere of American playwright Neil Simon’s celebrated comedy, Rumours, at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington. Directed by Rob Watt, Rumours (first performed in 1984) is a heady concoction of farce and social comment that looks at the lengths to which high-profile people will go to conceal the […]


May 18, 2011


The lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are surely among the most irritating characters in theatre. Self-important and humourless, they’re a cringe-worthy reminder that love’s young dream really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Midsummer, written and directed by David Greig with music by Gordon McIntyre, borrows a name, Helena, and the solstice setting from Shakespeare’s comedy but […]