Gold Coast, Theatre503

by Laura Kressly

It’s 2003 and Joe has returned to the UK after seeing combat in Iraq. He’s so traumatised he can barely speak, and his wife Ros doesn’t know how to help him. An infant daughter and trouble finding a job are added pressures as he tries to reintegrate into society as a functional human being. Time passes and his mental health deteriorates, but the poor script and production fails to serve the impact of PTSD underlying the play.

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Mad as Hell, Jermyn Street Theatre

by guest critic Kudzanayi Chiwawa

This is the story of little known Eletha Barrett (Vanessa Donovan), a Jamaican woman who was married to film star Peter Finch (Stephen Hogan), for his final twelve years. It begins shortly after Jamaica’s independence, and highlights the personal and public struggle of the interracial couple against the backdrop of 60’s and 70’s politics.

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