Reviews

Written for Everything Theatre

For those of you whose classics are a bit rusty, a summary: Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon, one of those Greek kings who spent a decade across the sea trying to come up with the Trojan Horse. With Troy finally conquered, Agamemnon returns home to Argos, only to find that his wife Clytemnestra has been keeping the bed warm with lover boy Aegisthus. The pair kill Agamemnon, and Electra flees the city with her baby brother Orestes to protect him from the slaughter. 15 Years later, and a disgruntled Electra is living in hope that her brother will return to exact vengeance on mummy and step dad. Meanwhile, a revolution is brewing in Argos…

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.