Reviews

Written for Everything Theatre

I’m not going to lie: apart from excited, I was also a little bit scared going into Trainspotting Live, the immersive theatre version of Irvine Welsh’s novel. Anyone who’s read the book, or seen Danny Boyle’s film adaptation, will probably get where I’m coming from; Trainspotting is not for the faint of heart, and I was slightly worried that ‘immersive’ might in this case mean getting heroin injected into my eyeball, or something along those lines.

Written for Everything Theatre

I think it was Kenneth Tynan who once said that the most joyful words in the English language are ’90 minutes straight through’. By that logic, Man Up, with its very modest run time of 50 minutes, should have been one of the most joyous shows I’d ever seen. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Written for Everything Theatre

Cyril Cuthbert is a successful author and playwright, whose wife Catherine has distinctly mixed feelings about his newfound fame, which sees her spending many a lonely evening at home. On one such evening – their wedding anniversary – husband dear decides on a night out with the lads, leaving it up to their roguishly handsome neighbour Major Treherne to escort Catherine to the opera in his stead. It’s the starting point of a series of misunderstandings which will lead to poverty, broken hearts and even a duel in Belgium, before going in for the obligatory happy ending. (I don’t think that counts as a spoiler; in terms of plot, if you’ve seen one comedy of manners, you’ve basically seen them all.)

Written for Everything Theatre

If you’re an audacious small theatre company, there’s no better place to be this time of year than Vault Festival. As such, I was unsurprised to encounter mash up wizards GOLEM! among the line up. Specialists in repurposing and reimaging existing plays, with Tomorrow Creeps, they have embarked on their most ambitious project to date: a new play created by mixing and matching parts of sixteen works by William Shakespeare.

Written for Everything Theatre

Will they, won’t they, will they? Uncertainty was the name of the game in the lead up to the opening night of Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Royal Court. The coproduction with Out of Joint was initially pulled by the Court over the involvement of the theatre company’s former Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who resigned after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him late last year. The show was subsequently reinstated amid cries of censorship, and here we are.