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Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Gretchen Question – fantastic time-hopping cast deliver a climate cautionary tale by Kate Wyver

Shipwright, DeptfordExquisitely staged on the banks of the Thames, this ambitious and inquisitive production uses its natural surroundings to remind us of everything we stand to lose Sneak a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:43PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Prince review – playful romp through Shakespearean roles by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonYouTube philosopher Abigail Thorn moves offline and on to the stage with an ambitious exploration of identities and the performance of gender Using the intelligent…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

‘I forgot I was blaspheming a saint!’ – Charlie Josephine on writing a non-binary Joan of Arc by Kate Wyver

The Globe theatre sparked outrage when it announced its plans to stage a non-binary Joan of Arc. The play’s writer explains why the French warrior would have approved ‘I’m always hungr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

‘It must have felt extraordinary’: the play inspired by English theatre’s first female actors by Kate Wyver

The company behind The Actress has dug into 17th-century archives to bring to life two pioneering women of the stage On 8 December 1660, crowds gathered on Vere Street, off Oxford Street in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48AM
Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Emily Aboud on Bogeyman: ‘I don’t want to traumatise the people I’m trying to empower’ by Kate Wyver

The writer-director’s new Edinburgh fringe show switches between the 18th-century Haitian revolution and a haunted modern London If a zombie uprising were to take place tomorrow, Emily Abo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Monday, July 18, 2022

‘Words and stories can be dangerous’: playwright Sonali Bhattacharyya on radical history by Kate Wyver

Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Chasing Hares uses folk theatre to depict a trade union dispute in West Bengal. ‘South Asian artists have always been here – but now it’s our time,’ she says…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Sunday, July 10, 2022

Operation Black Door review – immersive wartime show is a damp squib by Kate Wyver

Churchill War Rooms, LondonPoor storytelling and a clunky app-based interface mean that this time-travel adventure may well be the audience’s darkest hour Chaotic and disappointing, this a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘It’s the Odyssey – the islands are Soho clubs’: Jack Holden on his 80s drama Cruise by Kate Wyver

The Ten Percent star’s solo show, which is returning to London’s West End, was inspired by his conversations with older gay men as a volunteer for Switchboard An hour before he stepped o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Saturday, June 18, 2022

That Is Not Who I Am review – all is not what it seems in tricksy thriller about truth and power by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonOne play reveals another in a tangled web that pits the Home Office against two Guardian blind-daters Lift up the cover of the playtext for That Is Not Who I Am by Dave Da…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Jitney review – a taut, tense tale of Black injustice in 1970s America by Kate Wyver

Old Vic theatre, LondonA stylish rework of the August Wilson character-study sees a standout performance from Wil Johnson as the put-upon head of the titular cab station Within a run-down st…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM
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
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Thrifty summer: free films, folk and standup – 25 cost-free ways to enjoy arts in the UK by Jenessa Williams, Graeme Virtue, Jonathan Jones, Kate Wyver and Rachel Aroesti

You don’t have to shell out to enjoy the best in music, film, theatre, art and comedy – from a Francis Bacon in Aberdeen to Notting Hill’s unique and spectacular carnival Music Continu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:42PM

The Haunting of Susan A review – a pint of fear in pub theatre’s ghost story by Kate Wyver

King’s Head theatre, LondonA mixture of ghoulish horror and atmospheric history, Mark Ravenhill’s play vibrates with frights and fury The jump scares are perfectly placed in Mark Ravenhi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Everyday review – witchy rituals and a search for safety by Kate Wyver

New Diorama, LondonDeafinitely Theatre’s evocative and tender show was inspired by real stories of abuse against deaf women and non-binary people In British Sign Language, the sign for a w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Friday, May 20, 2022

Bliss review – relentlessly grim drama haunted by the ghosts of war by Kate Wyver

Finborough, LondonHunger and disease stalk Russia in the aftermath of conflict in this play based on a story by Andrey Platonov This is a glum, plodding production depicting a grim, hard-hea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Snatched review – former Corrie star’s solo show is sharp and funny by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonMelissa Johns articulates how she learned to navigate an ableist world as a woman with one and a half arms Bullies sneak in at the sidelines of this story, but Melissa Jo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

I Want My Hat Back: Jon Klassen classic goes from shoebox-sized puppet show to the stage by Kate Wyver

Two friends delighted half a million kids with a tiny production in a cardboard box. Now they’re sizing up the much-loved bulbous bear for the Little Angel theatre ‘We made nearly half a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Julius Caesar review – the revolution is rerouted in scattered Shakespeare by Kate Wyver

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonLess a tense examination of a failing republic, or even of women in power, there is little electricity or danger here The Globe’s audience serve as the easily …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘It’s hard to find a teacher for sword-swallowing’: the thrilling skills of circus showwomen by Kate Wyver

Pioneering female entertainers, including a 1930s clown and a Wall of Death stunt rider, are celebrated in a show by a fearless group of performers Female performers in British variety acts …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48AM
Monday, May 2, 2022

‘I want to create a lesbian mecca’: Iman Qureshi on her play about a glorious women’s choir by Kate Wyver

After seeing how moved gay men were by The Inheritance, the playwright wanted to write something that would strike a chord with women – so came up with The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs A gr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

I Know I Know I Know review – astute drama uncovers an abusive relationship by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonSecrets bite and speeches overlap as we realise musician Max has been grooming Alice since she was 16 The tension is like a tidal wave in Flora Wilson Brown’s da…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33PM
Sunday, April 3, 2022

Telethon review – a 24-hour charity special is squeezed into 90 minutes, but it still feels too long by Kate Wyver

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonMemes and the personal drama of worn-out celebrity take centre stage as an energetic trio of C-listers unite to fight the climate crisis A wealth of ideas have be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein review – upstaged by wedding guests by Kate Wyver

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonThis fantasy ceremony for the modernist couple is too preoccupied with the famous men cavorting around them Attempting to combine absurdist farce, genuine traged…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Tom Fool review – money bites in deeply felt family drama by Kate Wyver

Orange Tree theatre, RichmondFranz Xaver Kroetz’s play is a sharp exploration of the way finances wriggle their way into the existing rifts of everyday life What quiet, splintering perform…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Fiji review – human-flesh dinner date is remarkably tender by Kate Wyver

Omnibus theatre, LondonUnnerving but surprisingly funny two-hander inspired by ‘consensual cannibal’ Armin Meiwes I’m loth to kink-shame, but I’m not sure I can get behind consensua…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

And now for a song about the clitoris! The joy of sex education by Kate Wyver

With gags, tunes and dance, The Family Sex Show celebrates sexual pleasure, equality and independence. What is there to be embarrassed about, asks theatre-maker Josie Dale-Jones ‘I remembe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Merchant of Venice review – heart-wrenching revenge remix by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonAbigail Graham trims and reshuffle’s Shakespeare’s play with glitzy gameshow scenes and a brutal, lonely reckoning A stained, lidless plastic container res…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

‘Audiences want an event’: inside the groundbreaking new version of Jekyll and Hyde by Kate Wyver

Is it a play? Or is it a film? There are two sides to director Hope Dickson Leach’s ambitious staging of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale “Cinema is about change,” says Hope Dic…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Monday, February 7, 2022

‘I wanted to know what the human body is capable of’: the drama set entirely in water by Kate Wyver

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play is a story of sisters, pain and the gruelling long-distance swim to cross the Channel Grief, says playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, is an endurance test. “…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Friday, January 28, 2022

The Glow review – myth and history collide in a sci-fi spine-tingler by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonAlistair McDowall’s enthralling meditation on time and mortality features a sword-fighting knight and a Victorian medium With a slowly unravelled mystery at its centre, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

‘You have to double-cross the audience’: the director turning Cluedo into a theatre murder mystery by Kate Wyver

Will it be Miss Scarlett with the lead pipe? Or that horrid Colonel Mustard? Mark Bell explains why the board game’s enduring appeal makes it ideal for the stage ”There are always moment…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:18AM

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