Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Jordan Benjamin

Why We Tell the Story: In Conversation with Jordan Benjamin

'Extremism', which opened this month at Theatre Peckham, is a political play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society. In this interview, Jordan and I discuss his role as Assistant Director, the difficult themes raised in Anders Lustgarten’s  play and opportunites for BAME creatives in theatre. Name: Jordan Benjamin Role: Assistant Director, [...]

Review | Germ Free Adolescent, The Bunker Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Germ Free Adolescent, The Bunker Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

I'm well known to gather leaflets wherever I can, particularly ones in the entrance of a theatre before a show begins. But in ‘Germ Free Adolescent’, sixteen-year old Ashley puts my leaflet gathering abilities to shame. She has meticulously gathered four of each STD related leaflet that she owns and has learnt all that there [...]

Review | Different from the Others, White Bear Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Different from the Others, White Bear Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Different From the Others’, written by Claudio Macor, is a sobering reminder of just how long activists have been banging the drum and working tirelessly to defend people's rights to love who they desire, regardless of gender. We see how this often involves working against the tide and sticking your neck out for what you [...]

Review | Little Baby Jesus, Orange Tree Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Little Baby Jesus, Orange Tree Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Little Baby Jesus is centred around the lives of three black teenagers as they wade through the intersection between childhood and young adulthood. Joanne (Rachel Nwokoro) is a loudmouth wisecracker. Often her breakdowns of a situation will be punctuated with the words ‘real talk’ to let you know that she ain’t chattin shit (real talk). [...]

Review | Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

It’s been said that great art comes from pain. After seeing Richard Gadd’s horrifying experience brought to stage in Baby Reindeer, it's hard to deny the truth in this. Gadd’s life has been punctuated by at least two traumatic events, and he's used both of these personal experiences as material for his standout solo shows. [...]