How to be a modern woman: Fleabag at the Soho Theatre (*****) / Review / Writing: Journalism

How to be a modern woman: Fleabag at the Soho Theatre (*****)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s award-winning, critically acclaimed monologue comes to London after a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. At Soho Theatre. In a play acted and written by the same person, it stands to reason that she will draw most of the focus: in this case, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has long … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Stronger than the message: Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine at the Young Vic (*****)

I had the pleasure of seeing Belarus Free Theatre do their thing last year, so expected their new piece this year to hold few surprises: politics, nudity, angrily-shouted Belarusian, and so on. How wrong I was. At the Young Vic. Belarus Free Theatre are a rather wonderfully odd cultural behemoth – by sheer dint of … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Anything but wrong: The Play That Goes Wrong at Trafalgar Studios (*****)

We loved The Play That Goes Wrong when it played at the Old Red Lion, and I’m pleased to report that the transfer to Trafalgar Studios has not dented this wonderful new Noises-Off-esque farce – if anything, it’s enhanced it. Mischief Theatre are better known for their improvisational comedy shows, but this scripted departure proves, if anything, … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Spellbinding: Souvenir, part of The Generation Game at the Yard Theatre (*****)

And so on to the second of the Yard’s first week of new work offered through their festival The Generation Game: Bush Moukarzel’s wonderful and elegaic Proustian one-man show Souvenir pastiches À la recherche du temps perdu by deconstructing memory in a collection of beautiful and haunting images. Simply spectacular. Following on from the more experimental To Close Your Eyes … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Heavenly: Constellations at the Duke of York’s Theatre (*****)

The Royal Court’s 2012 West End season ends with a triumphant transfer of hit show Constellations, which set tongues a-wagging during its first run earlier this year. A beautiful, emotionally powerful and stunning production with a cast of the highest calibre, it easily outstrips most other shows in London for audacity, brilliance and emotional impact. At … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

A charming little gem: Daddy Long Legs at St. James Theatre (*****)

John Caird’s varied career has been studded with glittering highs, including directing Les Miserables for the RSC and Hamlet at the National, but this little musical (with a cast of two) has taken a long time to meander its way back to the UK after a successful US tour – a misstep? Good heavens no. … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Much more than just an “Indian” Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing at the Noel Coward Theatre (*****)

Iqbal Khan’s Indian setting is immediately eye-catching, but this is not just Bhangra Shakespeare. Directed with a subtle eye and with outstanding performances by an excellent cast, this is easily one of the best productions, in terms of detail and enjoyment, that I have seen all year. At the Noel Coward Theatre. Shakespearean comedy set in … Continue reading