Suffolk stories: Fishskin Trousers at the Finborough Theatre (***)
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Suffolk stories: Fishskin Trousers at the Finborough Theatre (***)

Elizabeth Kuti’s three intertwined stories that merge ghost story with local myth in Suffolk are wonderfully spooky, especially in this bare bones production, but the simplicity of the script is the greatest weakness here. At the Finborough Theatre. Rural Suffolk has plenty of stories to tell, and Elizabeth Kuti’s new script mixes the archaic folk … Continue reading

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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

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Refugee soap opera: Khadija is 18 at the Finborough Theatre (***)

Shamser Sinha’s full-length professional debut Khadija is 18 delivers a believable snapshot of British youth culture, but struggles to tell its greater story of young refugees, falling short of having much impact until the final scene. Performances are generally strong, but the tone and design is needlessly “gritty” – and all a bit uneven. At the Finborough … Continue reading

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Barrow Hill (***)

Jane Wainwright’s Barrow Hill is a decent play from a promising young writer, although there’s plenty of problems with this production – dodgy accents and tepid directing being the prime culprits. However, there is the ghost of a good play here. At the Finborough Theatre. Set in Chesterfield, we see 86-year-old Kath fighting against the demolition scheduled for … Continue reading

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Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun (****)

John McGrath’s post-war play Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun is exceptionally well performed and produced in this revival, and it’s a harrowing script – everything here is slick and very watchable. But the wonderful plot here about the futility of war appears to be almost secondary to discussions about military politics: a bit of a misfire. At … Continue reading