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Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English review – slow-bloom show full of familial love by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonThe conflicts of not fully knowing your family’s language are to the fore in writer and actor Tania Nwachukwu’s play Plants are central to Tania Nwachukwu’s play ab…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Jack! review – giant juvenile cast bring joy to fresh take on panto by Anya Ryan

Chickenshed theatre, LondonThis Jack finds the beanstalk in an arcade video game – and there’s much more going on, with a young, 200-strong supporting ensemble This twist on Jack and the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sarah review – pungent story of self-destruction by Anya Ryan

Coronet theatre, LondonJonathan Slinger is the antihero – and all the other characters – in an adaptation of Scott McClanahan’s novel, staged by Oliver Reese Based on the 2015 semi-aut…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Auto-Engrain review – nightmarish tale of the slow creep of domestic abuse by Anya Ryan

King’s Head theatre, LondonHelena Collins O’Connor writes and performs a monologue that makes a powerful statement about this stubborn and horrific issue “I’m going to rant for a bit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Evening Conversations review – warm meditations from midlife by Anya Ryan

Soho theatre, LondonSudha Bhuchar’s monologue, drawing on chats with her children, has much likable detail but slightly less focus than you’d wish for Meet Sudha Bhuchar. She’s a middl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The Sleeping Sword review – Morpurgo fable transformed into scrapbook of wonder by Anya Ryan

Watermill theatre, NewburyMichael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy’s Arthurian adventure is inventively brought to life in an inclusive production Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting 2002 take o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Elephant review – magnetic monologue on mixed-race identity in Britain by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonIn her melodic debut play, Anoushka Lucas asks difficult questions about her own existence, the origins of her beloved piano and the British class system Anoushka Lucas…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:19AM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Bombay Superstar review – glitzy Bollywood musical suffers from off-key yelping by Anya Ryan

Belgrade theatre, CoventryThis story of a young woman in search of her film director father has grand ambition but wooden performances and poor singing mar a stronger second half “Fight fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sus review – harrowing police racism drama more relevant than ever by Anya Ryan

Park theatre, LondonBarrie Keeffe’s play about a Black man accused of the murder of his pregnant wife is still potent, but the production lacks polish You might expect times to have change…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:55AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Help! We Are Still Alive review – muddled apocalyptic comedy by Anya Ryan

Seven Dials Playhouse, LondonA couple strive to survive Earth’s end of days with some glorious songs in an otherwise stagnant two-hander Here we are in the apocalypse. Jass and Finn are th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Friday, September 9, 2022

Yellowman review – colourism drama with two terrific leads by Anya Ryan

Orange Tree theatre, LondonNadine Higgin and Aaron Anthony excel as the couple in Dael Orlandersmith’s Pulitzer-nominated play “My mother and her mother before her believed if only they …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:49AM
Friday, September 2, 2022

I, Joan review – non-binary Joan of Arc proves a rousing protest piece by Anya Ryan

Globe theatre, LondonIsobel Thom gives a visceral, courageous performance as France’s patron saint, brought into the modern day by Charlie Josephine’s joyous production You might not exp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Fringe audiences are 99% white? As a South Asian critic, I found Edinburgh’s screaming lack of diversity hugely troubling | Anya Ryan by Anya Ryan

Outdated terminology, racist gags, almost entirely white audiences … with just a few fantastic exceptions, fringe shows do not feel like they are for people like me I’m sitting in the au…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:49AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Sibling revelry: the brother and sister hitting Edinburgh fringe with magic and comedy by Anya Ryan

Break-dancing illusionist Magical Bones and comedian Eme Essien are at the festival with new shows. He teaches her one of his tricks – and gets an acting masterclass in return One is a ris…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Caste-ing review – shining a light on the inequities of the acting industry by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghThe reality faced by Black women trying to break into showbusiness is told through beatbox, rap, song and spoken word by an impressive ensemble Making it as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder review – hapless podcast hosts play detectives by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghFrom Fleabag producer Francesca Moody, this thrilling foray into silliness makes for a wonderfully cheerful musical whodunnit Best friends for life Kathy an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Sap review – Ovid’s transformation myth gloriously retold by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghA tale with ancient roots is given a modern twist in Rafaella Marcus’s debut play about nature, sexuality and what could have been Here is an ancient tale…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07PM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Please, Feel Free to Share review – living the lie online by Anya Ryan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghRóisín Bevan is irresistible in Rachel Causer’s comedy drama about an influencer’s unhealthy relationship with the truth Everyone lies sometimes, right? A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

Brown Boys Swim review – friends stay afloat against a tide of racism by Anya Ryan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghTwo Asian boys learn how to swim and navigate intolerance and social expectations in Karim Khan’s funny, subtle drama Like lots of South Asian teenagers, Kash and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Black Sheep review – circus-song memoir of Black experience by Anya Ryan

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghLivia Kojo Alour’s compellingly performed map of her life is part-poetry, part-musical, part-circus, but it doesn’t hang together First, a warning. Black Sheep i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads review – a burning portrait of racism in Britain by Anya Ryan

Minerva theatre, ChichesterTwo decades since the debut of Roy Williams’s play set in a pub during an England v Germany World Cup qualifier, the script is as hot as ever Twenty years since …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Fellowship review – ambitious drama overstuffed with issues by Anya Ryan

Hampstead theatre, LondonStrong performances carry this family drama by Roy Williams in which urgent themes don’t have enough space to grow The Fellowship is a play of big issues as two fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Bangers review – a joyous party of a play celebrating the rousing power of music by Anya Ryan

Soho theatre, LondonTwin stories of self-discovery are enacted by scintillating, energetic performers stacked with natural talent Cue the music because here comes a play that feels like a cl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Cher and share alike: three actors star as the singer in musical that turns back time by Anya Ryan

The comeback queen is the perfect protagonist for a musical, say The Cher Show’s stars who, led by Arlene Phillips and Oti Mabuse, are embarking on a mammoth UK tour You could call them a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Scandaltown review: Mike Bartlett’s contemporary Restoration play is a clutter of a parody by Anya Ryan

Beyond packing as many contemporary cultural references into his script as possible, the playwright’s satire about the rich and powerful is underachieving

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:37AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review – northern fairytale has lost sparkle by Anya Ryan

Malvern theatreChristina Bianco is a wondrous singer and Shobna Gulati propels the story but Jim Cartwright’s play has dated badly Jim Cartwright’s northern fairytale is a little faded 3…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Friday, April 8, 2022

Milky Peaks review – a warm-hearted celebration of Welshness by Anya Ryan

Theatr Clwyd, MoldMusical about populist politics in small-town Snowdonia makes up for its slow pace with sharp writing and lavish design Here is a celebration of Wales in all its glory. Wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Moreno review – Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take the knee causes ripples by Anya Ryan

Theatre503, LondonPravin Wilkins’ commendable debut about the NFL player’s public protest is hampered by a lack of pace Colin Kaepernick’s decision to start taking the knee during the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Sorry, You’re Not a Winner review – gripping story of social mobility by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal PlymouthJesse Jones directs a superb production of Samuel Bailey’s nuanced drama about a friendship between two young men which is put to the test Fletch and Liam have been b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 24, 2022

But I’m a Cheerleader review – a comic take on gay-conversion practices by Anya Ryan

Turbine theatre, LondonEven if it doesn’t always reach its potential, this bright, entertaining comedy-musical deserves credit for tackling an urgent issue The US high school musical has b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36PM

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