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Sunday, August 20, 2023

Pitch: the show about queerness in the beautiful game, made with fans and players by Kate Wyver

Growing out of the Lionesses’ success, the Edinburgh fringe play Pitch uses interviews gathered from LGBTQ+ grassroots football teams across the country With muddy knees and soggy feet, we…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:13AM
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Sian Clarke: iCON review – scatty attempt to find solace in the face of doom by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghThe conceit that nothing we do can distract from our existential crisis falls flat amid an awkward set of audience participations in this solo show It doesn’t bode wel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43AM
Thursday, August 17, 2023

Helios review – Greek myth comes sweetly to modern Yorkshire by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghGig-theatre blends beguiling music with warm storytelling to retell the story of Phaeton’s theft from the sun god In an airless basement room, Wright and Grainger weav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:49PM

Funeral review – hushed rituals provide deep communal catharsis by Kate Wyver

Zoo Southside, EdinburghBelgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed create a sombre, dreamlike atmosphere in this piece about funeral rites and mourning We queue up to give the names of our dead…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:49AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Last Show Before We Die review – heady, gut-wrenching final words by Kate Wyver

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghUsing verbatim interviews, Ell Potter and Mary Higgins turn their attention to how relationships end – including their own The boldest, bravest and strang…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07AM
Monday, August 14, 2023

Edinburgh’s superstar magicians on secrets and surprises: ‘You have to be very good at lying’ by Kate Wyver

Magic and mentalism abounds at this year’s festival. But how are the tricks done? Some of the best performers remain tightlipped – while others reveal all “That feeling you have right …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Effect review – Lucy Prebble’s intense and intoxicating encounter by Kate Wyver

Lyttelton theatre, LondonA love affair between participants in a drug trial is staged by Jamie Lloyd with a stellar cast including Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell Senses are sharpened in Ja…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

‘Like a naughty Siri’: friendly sex robot Vanessa 5000 asks audiences to test her powers by Kate Wyver

In her Edinburgh festival show, LA comic and clown Courtney Pauroso plays a latex-clad humanoid pleasure device. But are fringegoers ready to restart her? The last time I saw Courtney Pauros…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:19PM
Monday, July 3, 2023

Cabaret legend Justin Vivian Bond: ‘When I sing, you can hear the drinks and cigarettes I’ve had’ by Kate Wyver

From kicking out the teeth of a dead cow onstage to popularising the prefix Mx, the performer has blazed a trail. Now 60, Bond talks about channeling rage into comedy – and nonconformity i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Friday, June 30, 2023

‘I need to do this’: Maxine Peake on her daring dystopia play performed in a library by Kate Wyver

Kay Dick’s novel They was almost forgotten – but its dark predictions are eerily prescient. Perfect fodder for Peake and her new company to bring to life in Manchester In the dead of nig…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:19AM
Friday, June 9, 2023

Es & Flo review – devoted couple contend with the brutality of dementia by Kate Wyver

Kiln theatre, LondonTender portrait of a woman caring for her love – joy and affection seep through performances that ache with the tragedy of seeing your partner slip away Es and Flo danc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:25AM
Friday, June 2, 2023

‘I want it to feel quite feral’: Rebecca Frecknall on staging Romeo and Juliet by Kate Wyver

From Cabaret to Streetcar, the West End’s hottest director has a reputation for finding leads who put bums on seats. ‘I just go on my gut,’ she says How do you tell a story to an audie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, May 29, 2023

Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023 by Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed Richard Marsh has clearly see…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – giddy shenanigans with a brilliantly chaotic Puck by Kate Wyver

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis bright, bold show tries to balance humour and darkness but tends to land on the silly side of things Michelle Terry’s Puck is an agent of chaos. She slink…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Monday, May 8, 2023

Blue Now review – remarkable retelling of Derek Jarman’s final film by Kate Wyver

Theatre Royal BrightonSearing collection of diary excerpts, brought to life by prominent queer voices, recalls the devastation of Aids with fury and frankness A mesmeric reckoning with the d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Blanket Ban review – startling account of abortion laws in Malta by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonMaltese duo use firsthand interviews – and warm humour – to highlight the lack of reproductive rights on the island When Marta Vella says “I love Malta” th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Sunday, April 30, 2023

It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure review – a darkly comic satire on disability by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonThis debut from disability-led theatre company FlawBored is not afraid to make us squirm as it skewers virtue signalling and corporate buzzwords What starts as an audio-d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

No ID review – a frank, funny and intimate exploration of gender transition by Kate Wyver

Royal Court theatre, LondonTatenda Shamiso sings delighted duets with the person he once was and considers the logistical hurdles he has jumped to access treatment Warmly lit on a cluttered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Private Lives review – Coward’s comedy becomes a stark theatre of cruelty by Kate Wyver

Donmar Warehouse, LondonStephen Mangan and Rachael Stirling bare their teeth in a show that dials up the violence and sometimes struggles to navigate the humour Love is a tempestuous, abusiv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

‘Explicitly queer and trans’: the 1580s play that inspired Shakespeare’s cross-dressing love plots by Kate Wyver

John Lyly’s long-forgotten Galatea – featuring gods, mortals and a highly elastic approach to gender and sex – is being revived at the Brighton festival. We meet the team behind it Wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Friday, March 31, 2023

TV-to-stage plays like Stranger Things are turning theatre upside down. They could make it or break it | Kate Wyver by Kate Wyver

Adaptations of existing media get new fans in the building, but they also rob new plays of space Pay attention to the posters lining the walls of Tube stations, and at least half of the stag…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Enter stage right: the new wave of musicals taking on the West End adaptations by Kate Wyver

With everything from Bake Off to Pretty Woman putting bums on seats in Theatreland, launching an original homegrown production is harder than ever. But might salvation be at hand in the unli…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Friday, March 17, 2023

Marjorie Prime review – gently uncanny sci-fi shows us how to love an AI by Kate Wyver

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonAnne Reid shines in this delicately written drama about a woman with dementia living with a robot re-creation of her late husband as a young man Jordan Harris…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:58AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Hedda Gabler review – queer update of Ibsen’s intense story of desire by Kate Wyver

Reading Rep theatreIt makes sense to rethink the sexual currents running through the classic drama, but this version has lost the nuance it needs Queering Hedda Gabler feels completely natur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:09AM
Monday, February 27, 2023

‘It stole years’: the musical about those silenced by anti-gay law Section 28 by Kate Wyver

Influenced by the music of Billy Bragg, Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf, After the Act explores the culture of fear and self-censorship caused by the law, voted through by the Tories during moral …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Winter’s Tale review – the Globe’s two-venue telling loses its way by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonAs this ambitious production switches between stages, and deaths pile up like dishes, neither the comedy nor the tragedy have room to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:00AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Bootycandy review – thrilling, uproarious comedy explores Black queerness from every angle by Kate Wyver

Gate theatre, LondonInventive direction and a spectacular cast make the London transfer of Robert O’Hara’s kaleidoscopic off-Broadway play a spiralling, high-energy triumph Robert O’Ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:21AM
Saturday, January 28, 2023

‘I told my gran: You don’t touch Aidan’s hair!’ Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner on friendship and their daring new play by Kate Wyver

Having starred in some of Britain’s biggest TV shows, the pair are taking to the stage for Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, a minimalist two-hander where words are strictly rationed. An…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Saint Jude review – delightfully disturbing immersive theatre in creepy clinic by Kate Wyver

Petty France, LondonTaking part in a trial shift to help coma patients wake up, the tension grows as it slowly becomes clear why you’re really mining strangers’ secrets A deliciously une…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:29AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Is the panto dame still a suitable cause for mirth? by Kate Wyver

Fire the glitter cannons! Unleash the water pistols! The panto season is here. But how did the cross-dressing dame become so central to the tradition? And in an age of gender fluidity, shoul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM

Naked truths slathered in hummus: Lucy McCormick’s intimate and alarming cabaret by Kate Wyver

The disruptive artist’s new show is a boisterous evening, with her brazen persona an exhilarating challenge for audiences Lucy McCormick’s half-naked body is covered in tomato puree. The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards