Reviews

Written for Everything Theatre

Although entirely on the wrong side of the river for my liking, I never mind taking a trip to Theatre503 in Battersea: it’s a friendly theatre-above-a-pub with good legroom and challenging, relevant programming. Lightbox Theatre’s The Air Around Us fits that bill, particularly for locals, since it’s a ‘spinoff’ from the company’s earlier production Battersea Odyssey. For that project, 120 inhabitants told Lightbox about their lives in Battersea. George Cresswell’s story, however, stood out from the rest, and has now been turned into a separate, verbatim play. In The Air Around Us, the audience gets to peek into Cresswell’s life, from his early memories as a dirt poor child living through the Second World War to joining the RAF, starting a family and buying his own house.

Written for Everything Theatre

Who doesn’t love a birthday party? The people at the Richard Alston Dance Company certainly do; turning 20 this year, the company has put together a marvellous mix of old favourites and new work to celebrate.

Written for Everything Theatre

I’m a bit of a sucker for a nice church. So, by choosing the very old and formidable-looking St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield as their venue, Scena Mundi already had me on board with their Edward II as soon as I walked in. Fortunately, the great location isn’t the only aspect of this production that commands the attention.

Written for Everything Theatre

Oscar Wilde: proliferate poet, playwright and the intellectual behind many pearls of wisdom such as ‘a true friend stabs you in the front’. His most popular work, however, is a one of a kind; in his lifetime Wilde only wrote one novel, and that is The Picture of Dorian Gray. The story, in turn, has been adapted for stage and screen many times, sometimes successfully and sometimes less so. Unfortunately this production by Second Squire falls in the latter category.

Written for Everything Theatre

It may be tiny, but the Blue Elephant Theatre has established itself as one of the venues to keep an eye on for exciting contemporary dance. Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, part of the Elefeet Dance Festival, is no exception. Consisting of two separate choreographies, it’s a short but compelling evening.