Review | J’Ouvert, Harold Pinter Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | J’Ouvert, Harold Pinter Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

In J’Ouvert, London’s Notting Hill Carnival has been brought to life on the West End stage with an impressive cast of four women. Yasmin Joseph’s show meaningfully captures the reality of the carnival experience in twenty-first century London whilst remaining undeniably fun. Under the direction of Rebekah Murrell, it bursts with colour, music and joy; [...]

Review | seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

No, the show’s provocative title is not clickbait. When Cleo (Leanne Henlon), a dark-skinned Black woman, learns that Kylie Jenner has been announced as a ‘self-made billionaire’, she is outraged. To express this anger, Cleo describes in darkly comic detail via an anonymous Twitter account the various ways in which she’d like to kill the [...]

Review | Fission, The Actors Centre (Online Performance) ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Fission, The Actors Centre (Online Performance) ⋆⋆⋆

In the new digital play, Fission, Lex (Hiftu Quasem) and Jack (Geraint Rhys) grieve the loss of their father at his wake. Tensions are high as the siblings reveal their differing ideas for where their father’s ashes should be scattered. Will the father’s soul find peace on the mountains or is his more natural home [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, winner of the 2019 JMK Award, is an engaging and ambitious artist. In this interview, Tristan and I talk about his experience with directing ‘Little Baby Jesus’ and the passion and creativity that went into staging one of his all-time favourite plays. Since this interview took place, the world of theatre has changed. [...]

Review | Take Care, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Take Care, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Sam McLaughlin and Zoe Templeman-Young, inspired by their first-hand experiences of being carers, have devised a stirring piece of verbatim theatre called ‘Take Care’. This seeks to share the unheard voices of those who have caring responsibilities in the UK. The production features real life stories taken from approximately 70 interview sessions, all performed by [...]

Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

'The Kite Runner' centres on Amir (David Ahmad), an Afghan-American, as he recalls a defining moment in his childhood which has shaped his life and the man he’s grown to become. The first question you’d probably like an answer to is whether the stage adaptation is any good compared to the book by Khaled Hosseini. [...]

Review | Can I Help You?, Omnibus Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Can I Help You?, Omnibus Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Can I Help You?’, by the late playwright Philip Osment, is as equally fascinating as it is strange. It is set on the edge of a cliff where a policeman, Francis (Gabriel Vick), encounters an old Ghanaian woman, Fifi (Susan Aderin). The piece explores a range of themes including childhood trauma, suicide, grief and treatment [...]

Review | V+15, Vault Festival ⋆⋆

Review | V+15, Vault Festival ⋆⋆

V+15, a new play by Nevertheless Theatre Company, has some promising elements and touches on a selection of intriguing ideas. But in its current production, the piece unfortunately didn’t feel as gripping as political dystopian thrillers ought to be. V+15 centres on Alina (Sarita Plowman) and Vincent (Gianbruno Spena). Alina is a writer and a [...]