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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trailblazing drama The High Table: 'Queer or not, we all come out in some way' by Bridget Minamore

Actor Cherrelle Skeete wept with joy when she read Temi Wilkey’s debut play, which explores queerness and homophobia in the black community When Cherrelle Skeete read The High Table, she w…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Gary Beadle: how I took on the curse of EastEnders – and won by Bridget Minamore

Albert Square’s bad boy was told leaving would end his career. But he has no regrets. He relives his journey from Bugsy Malone to existential Cormac McCarthy play Gary Beadle fell in love …

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Better, bolder, further to go: the decade in black British theatre by Bridget Minamore

The last 10 years have seen a boom for black British playwrights, actors, artistic directors and others in the industry. What has changed on and off stage – and what’s next? I left drama…

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fairview: the Pulitzer winner whose creator hopes it has a short shelf life by Bridget Minamore

Jackie Sibblies Drury thinks her acclaimed play, and the stereotypes it presents, will soon go out of date. As it comes to the Young Vic, she and director Nadia Latif explain why Playwright …

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tinuke Craig on capitalist families, panto and The Color Purple casting row by Bridget Minamore

The fast-rising director talks about staging Maxim Gorky’s Vassa with a last-minute lead, her passion for musicals and the joy of brain-digging in rehearsals When I meet the director Tinuk…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Get 'em in! … why traditional working-class pubs make great drama by Bridget Minamore

The writer and director of We Anchor in Hope sink a few pints and discuss memory, community and what unites pubs with the theatre In the three years since an underground car park in London, …

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Gbolahan Obisesan: 'You have to give the story to the people' by Bridget Minamore

The in-demand actor, writer and director talks about staging The Last King of Scotland, representing inner-city London and what he learned from Millwall supporters When the actor, writer an…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sheila Atim's Cleopatra show: 'I'm not freaking out! I won't hang up!' by Bridget Minamore

Soon to star in the Game of Thrones prequel, the Olivier-winning actor presents Anguis at the Edinburgh fringe ‘The last thing I did in any kind of creative-writing capacity would have bee…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Idris Elba meets Kwame Kwei-Armah: 'I feel a massive connection with trees' by Bridget Minamore

The actor celebrates all big events in his life by wrapping his arms round a sturdy trunk. With the help of director Kwame Kwei-Armah, he has turned his obsession into a show Idris Elba has …

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Edinburgh fringe 2019: 10 essential shows by Brian Logan, Miriam Gillinson, Mark Lawson, Mark Fisher, Judith Mackrell, Bridget Minamore and Lyndsey Winship

Jessie Cave’s intimate standup, a beatbox Frankenstein and a twist on the star-crossed lovers are among the Edinburgh shows we’ve previously reviewed. Here’s what we said … Pleasance…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Femi Elufowoju Jr: Why did Tennessee Williams marginalise African Americans? by Bridget Minamore

The director takes about hearing The Glass Menagerie differently – and recalls the day he realised he had to do more than act His career has spanned more than three decades, but Femi Elufo…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Pittsburgh state of mind: how August Wilson's flame burns on by Bridget Minamore

The playwright captured an entire century of black American experience. His widow Constanza Romero explains how she shares his message, as gritty play King Hedley II returns to the stage ‘…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

From prison to the stage and back to Tottenham by Bridget Minamore

Gina Moffatt’s remarkable story inspired Emma Dennis-Edwards to write Funeral Flowers, a hit at last year’s Edinburgh fringe. Now, the story has come full circle back to north London Thr…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Elephant in the Room: staring down the stigma of black men's mental health by Bridget Minamore

In his dance-theatre solo about a young working-class man, Lanre Malaolu draws on his own experiences with depression A couple of years ago, the actor and choreographer Lanre Malaolu was cre…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

'Damn, I'm good at this!' Is Travis Alabanza the future of theatre? by Bridget Minamore

When someone threw a burger at Travis Alabanza, the trans performer turned it into a hit show. Next goal? Playing Juliet Trans people are said to be “obsessed with pronouns”, Travis Alab…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

A Wake in Progress: the show that's a dress rehearsal for death by Bridget Minamore

Can you do jokes about terminal illness and mourning? The team behind a ‘big, soppy hug of a show’ think soIt’s not uncommon in theatre to see an actor dying on stage. But how often do…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Lynette Linton: 'Why are we not marching in the streets?' by Bridget Minamore

Fuelled by passion and outrage, the playwright and director is shaking up theatre with works about Windrush to an all-women-of-colour Richard II – and now she’s taking over the Bush in L…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

'We're here!' The black playwrights storming the West End by Bridget Minamore

Smash hits by black British playwrights were few and far between. Now Arinzé Kene and Natasha Gordon have work in the West End – and they’re changing the audiences too In 1957, Moon on …

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Caterpillar review – darkly funny drama about the ties that bind by Bridget Minamore

Theatre 503, LondonAlison Carr’s tight three-hander, set in a seaside B&B, examines the relationship of a woman who has had a stroke and the daughter who cares for herSixty-something M…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Nine Foot Nine review – taller women turn world upside down in sci-fi dystopia by Bridget Minamore

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghThis feminist fantasy about women worldwide suddenly growing vastly bigger and stronger than men is uneven but eloquent about power dynamicsWhat would happen if ever…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Providence of Neighbouring Bodies review – poetic study of female friendships by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghA beaver disturbs the budding rapport between two neighbours in Jean Ann Douglass’s surreal and wonderfully written dramaDora and Ronnie live side by side in R…

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Queens of Sheba review – black women speak their truths, with joy and pain by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghNouveau Riché’s pared-back piece has insight, power and beautiful a cappella singingWhat makes theatre? Words, of course, but sometimes plays are wordless. St…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Love Songs review – comedy in the key of life by Bridget Minamore

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghEndearing storytelling carries the day in Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s show, combining standup, poetry and rapAlissa Anne Jeun Yi’s flyers call her Edinburgh fringe…

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Century Song review – 100 years of black women's history in 60 minutes by Bridget Minamore

Zoo Southside, EdinburghThrough song, dance and costume, Neema Bickersteth brings to life a wealth of characters with incredible energyThis Canadian import at the Edinburgh fringe from Volca…

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Freeman review – stunning political theatre show is a revelation by Bridget Minamore

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghCamilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts explore institutional racism and mental healthcare in a fast-paced hourIn Freeman’s first five minutes, six figures on sta…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stardust review – powerful exploration of the politics of cocaine by Bridget Minamore

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghMiguel Hernando Torres Umba takes us into Colombia’s heart of darkness to reveal the human cost of the west’s most popular illegal drugOne-person shows that have…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bring It On: The Musical review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘fun but lacks spark’ by Bridget Minamore

Seven years after its 2011 Atlanta premiere, Bring It On: The Musical uses the wonderfully ridiculous world of competitive cheerleading to tell

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Fishermen review – brothers hooked by love and fate by Bridget Minamore

Home, Manchester Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga deliver humour and heartache in this cleverly adapted Chigozie Obioma story of Nigerian childhoodBased on Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker p…

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Vinay Patel: 'I think people having their power dismantled is good' by Bridget Minamore

Once a maker of corporate videos, now a Bafta-winning writer, Patel is about to stage two new plays – one a three-hour historical epic, the other about the changing nature of offensiveness…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The One review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘humour and horror’ by Bridget Minamore

Following one couple over the course of a wine-fuelled night, The One is a punch of a play that places humour and

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Friday, July 6, 2018

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill review – tragic history stunningly sung by Bridget Minamore

NST City, SouthamptonGbolahan Obisesan’s retelling of a disaster in which more than 600 South Africans died is poignantly beautiful and sharply angryZamile Gantana takes a crate, sits in t…

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