The secret gimmick: Secret Theatre Show 2 at Lyric Hammersmith (*) / Review / Writing: Journalism

The secret gimmick: Secret Theatre Show 2 at Lyric Hammersmith (*)

Sean Holmes’ grand plan to reinvent British theatre falls flat at the first hurdle with this predictable result to the exciting premise that was Secret Theatre. At the Lyric Hammersmith. For those who don’t catch the latest theatre press, some background: avant-garde theatre director (and artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith) Sean Holmes announced a new … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

…what? Heads Bodies Legs at Camden People’s Theatre (*)

A “Dadaist thriller” and “absurd comic thriller set in a sinister private hospital” was never going to be easy watching, but with so little sense around this piece and production, the result is a mish-mash of ideas and concepts that struggles to be more than just interesting. At the Camden People’s Theatre. I have a … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Fizzling: Playing With Fire at the Drayton Theatre (*)

Strindberg’s one-act play Playing with Fire is performed in a brand new translation and adaptation by Anna Ostergren, who also directs at the Drayton Theatre. Sadly, Strindberg’s “comedy” is reduced to meandering torpitude here – a rather poor production, good efforts from some of the cast, but mostly just dull. On the surface, there’s little wrong with … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

As subtle as a sledgehammer: Prometheus Bound at the White Bear Theatre Club (*)

Fire Under the Horizon’s production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound has a little too much of the sound and fury and not enough substance. Performances are overwrought, design is far too surface, and the overall effect is one of great effort to no effect. A shame – there are some good people involved here, but I really can’t … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Awful human beings: 3some at the Etcetera Theatre (*)

Laboured with cliches, overwrought dialogue and a rather offensive and abrupt ending, 3some is a bit of a mess: some of the actors show some talent by trying to struggle their way through, but there really is very little to praise here otherwise. At the Etcetera Theatre. Paul and Jenny have just moved into their new flat, … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Searching for a one-eyed man: In the Kingdom of the Blind at Network Theatre (*)

The one-eyed man is king in the kingdom of the blind, but he seems to have forsaken the blind currently meandering around the Network Theatre in this new play produced by Reverend Productions, who devise new work based out of improvisation. Chrissy, Davis and Nick have forsaken modern life: cell phones, the 9-5 drag, all … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Not for all of the tea in Ceylon: So Great a Crime at the Finborough Theatre (*)

This story of a legendary war hero’s fall from grace on the charge of paedophilia may be intensely topical, but nearly every aspect disappoints here: hammy performances, a hideously biased script and a staid production make for a rather underwhelming show at the Finborough Theatre. British military history may not be to everyone’s taste, but … Continue reading