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Drama

A staple for us and for many if you fancy a more traditional play. When we first started Everything Theatre it was specifically to review drama. We’ve branched out over the years, but it will always be a favourite of ours.

Billy Bishop Goes to War, Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

Billy Bishop Goes to War - John Gray and Eric Peterson - Jermyn Street Theatre - 31 October 2018Director - Jimmy WaltersDesigner - Daisy BlowerLighting Designer - Arnim FriessSound Designer - Dina MullenBilly Bishop - Charles AitkenOlder Billy Bis

Pros: An engrossing war story brilliantly told by a two man cast. Cons: A disappointingly camp cabaret section at the start of Act II looks out of place and disturbs the story’s tone. There are subtle reminders that November has arrived: the clocks go back, street lights flicker into life earlier and Christmas adverts creep onto TV screens. Another permanent reminder is Remembrance Sunday. Billy Bishop Goes To War gives a very personal account of the titular character, told by his ...

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ear for eye, Royal Court Theatre – Review

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Writer/ Director

Merle Hensel
Designer

Paule Constable
Lighting Designer

Christopher Shutt
Sound Designer

Vicki Manderson
Movement Director

Deepa Shastri
Deaf Consultant


Jamal Ajala
Tosin Cole
Seroca Davis
George Eggay
Demetri Goritsas
Michelle Greenidge
Eric Kofi Abrefa
Lashana Lynch
Hayden McLean
Kayla Meikle
Shaniqua Okwok
Nicholas Pinnock
Sarah Quist
Anita Reynolds
Faz Singhateh
Angela Wynter

Pros: Excellent performances from all concerned. Cons: The fragmented style of the dialogue.  Ominous music pervades the auditorium as you enter, and the stage is filled by an opaque screen which resembles a giant TV. Shadowy figures walk up to the screen and look out at the audience before disappearing into the murky background. The piece is just over two hours, without interval, consisting of three distinct parts. Part one is a series of vignettes where most of the 16 strong ...

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Honour, Park Theatre – Review

Natalie Simpson in Honour (Tiny Fires, Park Theatre). Photo by Alex Brenner

Pros: Outstanding performances bring passion to an effervescent script. Cons: Written 15 years ago, some of the sexual mores can seem outdated. An older man leaves his wife for a younger woman. It’s a story we’ve seen dozens of times before – but in Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s hands this age-old tale becomes something entirely new, through well-rounded characters and thought-provoking dialogue. George, in a compelling performance by Henry Goodman, is a celebrity intellectual, who dispenses his wisdom through TV ...

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The Wipers Times, The Arts Theatre – Review

George Kemp, James Dutton and Dan Mersh in The Wipers Times. Photograph by Kirsten McTernan

Pros: A wonderfully evocative script that allows an excellent cast to explore the humour, pathos and downright brutality of war. Cons: Some time might have been shaved off the 2 hours 10 minute duration for a more streamlined production. Sunday 11 November 2018 marks a significant centenary in the annuls of human conflict. One hundred years have now passed since the Armistice was signed formally ending World War I. The Great War was one of the bloodiest, claiming 17 million ...

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The Wild Duck at Almeida Theatre – Review

Credit: Manuel Harlan

Pros: The Wild Duck is a witty and inventive adaptation of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Cons: The play lacks in subtext and can sometimes feel more intellectual than emotional. Henrik Ibsen wrote The Wild Duck in 1884. He was white, Norwegian, and fifty-six. He had fathered an illegitimate child. His father was declared bankrupt. This is the truth, we are told, but from the very moment this word is uttered, at the beginning of the play, we are invited to question everything. What ...

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Frankenstein. The Old Red Lion, Islington – Review

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Pros: An original play with a largely female cast. Good use of props and set pieces to create the multiple locations of the play as well as nice use of puppetry. Cons: The issue of feminism wasn’t really explored despite the gender swap of the lead characters. It felt like the script could have done with an edit to make it more succinct as was a little meandering in places. Burn-Bright’s production of Frankenstein replaces the male scientist from Mary ...

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The Wolves of Erin, Old Red Lion Theatre – Review

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Pros: A sparky performance from the cast using physicality to strengthen a weak script. Cons: Disappointingly weak plotting, and a complete lack of suspense in a play that pitches horror as its central theme. Presented as part of the London Horror Festival, The Wolves of Erin tells a folk horror story in the vein of classic movies like Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man, two brilliant examples of the genre that naturally sets the bar very high. Curiously, the story begins in Northern ...

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The Incident, Canada Water Theatre- Review

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Pros: An exciting and unexpected take on the race debate. Cons: A good story, let down by the acting. The Incident, written by Swedish playwright Joakim Daun is a new and exciting piece of theatre that brings a fresh perspective to the international conversation about race, prejudice and otherness. It is a deeply worthy piece that brings some very interesting and unexpected nuances to a familiar debate. It’s a story of cross continental love between a Swedish teacher and a bright ...

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