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Friday, July 12, 2024

The musical that shows the true side of One Direction fans by Anya Ryan

Fangirl celebrates the obsessive followers of a band closely resembling One Direction. ‘It really does question where the boundaries are,’ says its creator It’s March 2015 and a bombsh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, June 23, 2024

My Father’s Fable review – a slick delve into identity and complicated family relationships by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonAfter her father’s death, Peace unexpectedly discovers the existence of a half-brother in Nigeria. Who is he? And why did her father never mention him? On the surface, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Friday, June 21, 2024

Sitting in Limbo review – a rallying cry for the Windrush outrage by Anya Ryan

Watford Palace theatrePhilip J Morris’s stage adaptation of the Bafta-winning film tells it straight as Anthony Bryan’s life is ripped apart The voice of Theresa May opens this stage ver…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Some Demon review – secrets and cynicism in an adult eating disorder unit by Anya Ryan

Arcola theatre, LondonSet in a chronically understaffed treatment centre, Laura Waldren’s searing play homes in on the hellish cycles and contradictions caused by the condition For anyone …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, May 23, 2024

Swim, Aunty, Swim! review – powerful tale of women healed by water in an empty pool by Anya Ryan

Belgrade theatre, CoventrySiana Bangura’s play follows three west African women in Coventry who are cajoled into the water – and find themselves surfacing from grief They say water has t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:02PM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Cheeky Little Brown review – raucous solo show about a splintering friendship by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London Nkenna Akunna’s monologue follows a young woman as she crashes her oldest friend’s 25th birthday party At its core, Nkenna Akunna’s monologue is a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Friday, April 12, 2024

An Actor Convalescing in Devon review – long, lacklustre ride through life, loss and actorly love by Anya Ryan

Hampstead theatre, LondonRichard’s Nelson’s elegiac monologue feels like Paul Jesson is live-reading a novel and results in a sense of stagnation Richard’s Nelson’s monologue, writte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

Love Steps review – a poetic guide to negotiating modern love by Anya Ryan

Omnibus theatre, LondonAnastasia Osei-Kuffour’s stylish debut gives an honest appraisal of the tricky world of apps and expectations, yet offers a note of hope for those on the long road t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

MJ the Musical review – sterilised moonwalk through the King of Pop’s life by Anya Ryan

Prince Edward theatre, LondonThe jukebox musical has gravity defying dancing and all the megahits, but it’s hard to ignore the glaringly unpleasant biographical absence ‘I want to keep …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06PM
Friday, March 8, 2024

Red Pitch playwright Tyrell Williams: ‘Young men have a lot of anger that they don’t know what to do with’ by Anya Ryan

The writer has gone from creating viral comedy to a play about football and friendship between a group of teens amid the gentrification of south London. ‘I’m never as nervous as when I p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Friday, February 23, 2024

Out of Season review – bangers and brawls as happy hour turns sour in Ibiza by Anya Ryan

Hampstead theatre, LondonNeil D’Souza’s sharp script is packed with regret and affection as old bandmates get together to relive the glory days on holiday Grab the beer and sunglasses an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:02AM
Friday, February 16, 2024

Samuel Takes a Break review – a stomach-churning tourist trip around an old slave castle by Anya Ryan

Yard theatre, LondonA Ghanaian tour guide struggles to maintain his composure in the face of historical ignorance and requests for selfies, in Rhianna Ilube’s poignant critique of colonial…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

‘I felt deep rage’: Sarah Grochala on her prize-winning play about snubbed computer genius Ada Lovelace by Anya Ryan

It took her eight years to write Intelligence, an era-hopping epic about the pioneer’s battle for recognition. Now that it’s won the Women’s prize for playwriting, will Grochala stop t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Brenda’s Got a Baby review – pregnancy deadline drama doesn’t quite deliver by Anya Ryan

New Diorama theatre, LondonAma wants a baby before her 30th birthday in this unstructured play from Jessica Hagan that doesn’t know if it is serious or trying to make us laugh I’m all up…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

‘I need to have a big party and show off!’ Edinburgh comedy award-winners reveal what’s next by Anya Ryan

For the first time ever, both the ‘Oscars of comedy’ have gone to standups with South Asian heritage. So what do the two performers who set the fringe alight have planned? Lots of boasti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13PM
Saturday, August 19, 2023

Lena review – stilted account of child star Zavaroni’s tragedy by Anya Ryan

Assembly, EdinburghErin Armstrong performs well as the 70s Scottish singer Lena Zavaroni but the show’s structure distracts from her anguish She had everything: fame, fortune and barrels o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Meat review – a frenzied roar of pain by Anya Ryan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghElle Dillon-Reams’ solo show is a stream of consciousness about sexual assault and womanhood ‘Writing about this has been confusing,” says Elle Dillon-Rea…

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

One Way Out review – haunting Windrush drama beneath teenage banter by Anya Ryan

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghMontel Douglas writes four males leads who are on the brink of becoming men, but their jokes and dancing belie a darker story We might not all remember our schoo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13PM
Sunday, August 13, 2023

Hysterical review – feminist performance poets air their grievances by Anya Ryan

Summerhall, EdinburghCarrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall’s poems are sincerely performed and loaded with justified anger at unfairness but they grow monotonous I’m a part of the target audi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:37PM
Friday, June 30, 2023

The Swell review – a gasp-inducing love-triangle mystery by Anya Ryan

Orange Tree theatre, LondonThe intricately tangled lives of three women, and their explosive secret, are revealed in this complicated picture of queer love across the decades The wonder of I…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:49PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

Theatre at Glastonbury - so big and wild a hallucination, you're always left wanting more by Anya Ryan

We take a journey through the magical land of Glastonbury's theatre, circus and comedy And that’s it again for another year. Oh Glastonbury. A fever dream where the time of reality stops …

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Tambo & Bones review – provocative and witty Black fable of rags to hip-hop riches by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonRhashan Stone and Daniel Ward jump in time from a shabby minstrel show to modern stardom to a violent future in poet David Harris’s controversial satire…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Tuesday, June 13, 2023

We Will Rock You, London Coliseum review - the Queen musical returns, as ludicrous, dense and dreadful as before by Anya Ryan

Ben Elton’s script is back in the West End, and this time he stars, too Twenty-one years ago, critics were alarmed by Ben Elton’s deranged musical We Will Rock You. But, despite the "sta…

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Hot in Here review – bike-powered show tells the haunting human stories behind the climate crisis by Anya Ryan

Gate theatre, LondonRaw, current and fresh, this three-woman play about the unfair impact of global emissions leaves you fired up and outraged If we’re judging on ambition alone, then Hot …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:04PM
Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Yours Unfaithfully review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London from Miles Malleson by Anya Ryan

onathan Bank’s revival of Malleson’s forgotten play was first seen in New York in 2017. It is, in many ways, inconceivable that this jolly, forward-thinking drama was left unperformed fo…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 09:19AM
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
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Biscuits for Breakfast, Hampstead Theatre review - hunger and an aching humanity by Anya Ryan

Couple slide towards poverty in Hampstead Downstairs two-hander Food is the centrepiece of Gareth Farr’s chilling new play Biscuits for Breakfast. Meals are described so delicately that t…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

For Black Boys … review – a moving meditation on Black masculinity by Anya Ryan

Apollo theatre, LondonUnderneath the pain in Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful play there is an abundance of light, as six Black men open up about the experiences and beliefs that have shaped…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Gone Too Far! review – Bola Agbaje’s drama pumped with vitality by young cast by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonCrackling humour and punchy direction energise the story of two brothers battling over whose way is the right way on their Peckham estate The streets of P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Sleepova review – a captivating safe space for teenage dreams and fears by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonFour girls joke, squabble and share their secrets in this exhilarating tableau of young friendship starring Rocks’ Bukky Bakray Change into your pyjamas, grab a bag of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:22AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Winner’s Curse review – Clive Anderson’s warmth can’t revive this dodo by Anya Ryan

Park theatre, LondonThis interactive play by a former diplomat about working in negotiation feels like Debating for Dummies. Anderson’s off-script ad-libs are the sparkiest intervention �…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:39AM

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