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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

‘Excellent in its writing, staging & acting’: THE P WORD – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Britain is a divided nation, but one of the divisions that we don’t hear that much about is that between Pakistani gay men. Written by Waleed Akhtar (who also stars in this impressively he…

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

‘A moving experience’: SILENCE – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

In Silence at the Donmar Warehouse four British playwrights have adapted Kavita Puri’s book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories in a joint production between Donmar Warehouse and Tara…

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

‘Convincing & urgent’: THE TRIALS – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

In developing The Trials, the Donmar worked with more than 1,300 young people plus a further 200 in workshops at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and National Youth Theatre. Director…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

“Chasing Hares” at the Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

While Britain is experiencing a “summer of discontent”, with inflation, strikes and other conflicts, it is odd that so few plays are as overtly political, and as overtly resonant as Sona…

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

‘Informs, educates & entertains’: ALL OF US – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

If the plotting is predictable, and the story arc unremarkable, the image of life represented is both strongly compassionate and often very pleasurable. In true welfare state style, comedian…

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

About “Dog/Actor” at the Etcetera Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Yesterday evening I went to see Dog/Actor at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. Written by Steven Berkoff, in his instantly recognizable snarling voice, these two short monologues are brillia…

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

‘Inspiring & acutely relevant’: CHASING HARES – Young Vic by Aleks Sierz

With its energetic arguments, moments of great charm, gritty humour, and mix of filth and idealism, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Chasing Hares at the Young Vic is both relevant and contemporary.

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

“The Fellowship.” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

I live in Brixton, south London. A few days ago, the borough’s aptly named Windrush Square hosted events which celebrated the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

“Bangers,” Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is gig theater the latest sugar rush? Okay, it ups the brain’s serotonin levels and charges around your body like a crazy electric current, but amid the joyous nerve reactions does the mus…

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

‘A heartfelt epic play’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

With Windrush Day being 22 June, last week was originally going to be the opening night of Roy Williams’ new Hampstead Theatre play, The Fellowship, until plans had to be changed because L…

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

‘There’s a joyous post-pandemic vibe about this gig’: BANGERS – Soho Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Bangers at the Soho Theatre has a fine buzz of the contemporary and a real sympathy for sexual confusion and other experiences such as the loss of a parent.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

“Lotus Beauty,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Theatre is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic, and many shows which were canceled because of the first lockdown are now finally getting a staging. The latest is Satinder Choh…

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‘Intricate without being illuminating’: THAT IS NOT WHO I AM – Royal Court Theatre by Aleks Sierz

if you buy a ticket you will not see That Is Not Who I Am by Dave Davidson (who doesn’t exist), but instead you will experience Rapture by Lucy Kirkwood, who is an established playwright. …

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

“House of Ife,” Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

In the past, most plays by black-British writers have been about the legacy of the Windrush generation, or occasionally about migrants from west Africa, and their main theme has been exposin…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

‘An excellent piece of deeply felt new writing’: HOUSE OF IFE – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Beru Tessema’s drama House of Ife, about an Ethiopian-British family facing a tragic loss, is deeply felt and emotional and marks a good start to this venue’s 50th anniversary season.

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Monday, May 30, 2022

‘Good to hear new voices’: LOTUS BEAUTY – Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Satinder Chohan’s Lotus Beauty at the Hampstead Theatre, a loving portrait of a Punjabi family-run beauty parlour in west London’s Southall, is an uneasy mix of comedy and tragedy.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

‘A bit of a muddle’: MIDDLE – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

David Eldridge’s trilogy about relationships, which started in 2017 with the hit show Beginning, now reaches its second part with Middle, which has opened at the National Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘Entertaining in its populist stress on feelgood comedy’: THE CORN IS GREEN – National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Even 20th century drama is under threat. So can the National Theatre buck this trend with this rediscovery of The Corn Is Green, and some help from its star, Nicola Walker?

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

“Bloody Difficult Women” at The Riverside Studios by Aleks Sierz

Although the current government has blundered through both Brexit and the pandemic, and is now deliberately making life more difficult for both low-income families and the rest of us, theate…

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‘A disappointingly toothless & rather dreary non-satire’: SCANDALTOWN – Lyric Hammersmith by Aleks Sierz

Mike Bartlett is very prolific, but this Restoration-style satire on society at London's Lyric Hammersmith is sadly timid and predictable.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

“For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy” at Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

What does it feel like to be British and black? Ryan Calais Cameron has recently emerged as the go-to guy for answers to this question. In February, the Soho Theatre revived Queens of Sheba,…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

‘Portrays the male black British experience with joy as well as pain’: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy – by Aleks Sierz

Ryan Calais Cameron does it again: he portrays the male black British experience with joy as well as pain.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Moreno, Theatre503 by Aleks Sierz

When do you have to take a stand? What compels you to do it? And what are the costs involved? These questions, which not only reflect the desire to protest against injustice in our increasin…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Mike Bartlett’s “Scandaltown” at Lyric Hammersmith by Aleks Sierz

In 1987, Caryl Churchill — without doubt the best living playwright in Britain — premiered her Serious Money, a satire on financial capitalism written in the form of a scintillating Rest…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

“Ghosts Of The Titanic,” Park Theatre by Aleks Sierz

You can’t keep a great playwright down. Ron Hutchinson, whose award-winning stage plays, such as Rat in the Skull (1984) and Moonlight and Magnolias (2005), are contemporary classics, has …

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

About the futureStage Manifesto by Aleks Sierz

When theatres closed during the pandemic, the first reaction was shock. Then was born, at least among the more progressive spirits in the theatre community, a desire to build back better. To…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

‘Ruth Wilson plays her part to perfection, a masterclass in control and variation’: THE HUMAN VOICE – West End by Aleks Sierz

Ruth Wilson delivers an acting masterclass in Jean Cocteau modernist classic adapted by Ivo van Hove.

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

“The Human Voice” at Harold Pinter Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is there really such a thing as an unmissable show? Depends on your taste of course, but for sheer hype this event takes some beating: two-time Olivier Award-winning star Ruth Wilson (last s…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

‘This is an entertainment that is lit up by the excellence of its acting’: COCK – West End by Aleks Sierz

Mike Bartlett’s Cock invites suggestive comments, but the main thing about the play is that it has proved to be a magnet for star casting.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

“Red Pitch”, Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Football stories are never just about a game — they are also about life and how to live it. In Tyrell Williams’s Red Pitch, his debut play now getting an enthusiastically energetic stag…

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Friday, March 18, 2022

“The Forest,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Let’s start with stereotypes: British theater is naturalistic, down-to-earth and explains everything clearly to the audience; Continental drama is absurdist, abstract and suggests rather t…

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