Beowulf, Unicorn Theatre

https://newimages.bwwstatic.com/upload11/1711141/tn-500_debbiekorleyasbeowulf,beowulfatunicorntheatre.photographybygrahammichael(10).jpg

Two walls of Marshall amps sit either side of gleaming trusses. A DJ booth manned by a black-clad figure sports a banner for a place called Heorot. Smoke seeps through vents in the floor and a woman in goth metal dress prowls the stage.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Hansel & Gretel, Museum of Childhood

https://i1.wp.com/www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/images/stories/OPERA/Alexandra_Coghlan/H%26G3.jpeg

I’ve never been to the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, let alone after hours. But in the expansive hall and gift shop, one corner has been set up as a playing space for Popup Opera’s Hansel & Gretel. There are shelves of toys and other souvenirs behind us, and sterile glass display cases behind the stage. Our cozy pocket in the grand room has a sinister gloom surrounding what with the autumn evening’s quickly fading light. It’s a suitable space for a story that mostly takes place in the woods overnight, when fairies and witches come out to play.

Continue reading

Thebes Land, Arcola Theatre

https://cdn.thestage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/for-webThebes-Land-Arcola-130-700x455.jpg

A playwright wants to write a play about patricide, but with an actual criminal onstage instead of an actor. Initial research leads him to a young man called Martin Santos, serving consecutive life sentences in Belmarsh for killing his father. As weeks pass and the two men get to know each other, stereotypes and expectations are upended in this moving story of masculinity, violence and theatre.

Continue reading

Me and Robin Hood, Royal Court

https://d19lfjg8hluhfw.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/31163848/use-58-1024x683.jpg

by guest critic Maeve Campbell

Shon Dale-Jones and Hoipolloi’s Me and Robin Hood has admirable intentions in aiming to raise awareness and money for charity ‘Street Child’. Dale-Jones’ one-man show is a personal narrative, part biography and part discussion on class and wealth divisions in Britain. The mythical medieval do-gooder is a central figure in the piece, an inspiration and obsession for the socially conflicted Dale-Jones.

Continue reading

Hamlet Fool, Lion & Unicorn Theatre

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBj4u3AXoAAZrna.jpg

A lesson: always read press releases in full. Why? Because you might turn up to a show and discover it’s performed in Russian (when you don’t speak Russian). At least in this instance knowing the source material for Hamlet Fool, a one-woman street performance style retelling Shakespeare’s classic, provides a base knowledge.

Continue reading