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Monday, February 22, 2021

“Shook” by Samuel Bailey at Papatango by Aleks Sierz

Film is the new theatre — this we know, but does the distance imposed by the change of medium increase or decrease the impact of the story? The latest example of this problematic switch fr…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

‘Captures the men’s glowering rage & moments of acute vulnerability’: SHOOK (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The latest example of this problematic switch from stage to screen is the strongly acted Shook, Samuel Bailey’s debut play, which won the 2019 Papatango New Writing Prize and had a run at …

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About “Living Newspaper”: A Counter Narrative by Aleks Sierz

Read all about it! Well, maybe not. Maybe more like: live the news and then watch it streamed. Inspired by the radical theatre of the Federal Theatre Project in 1930s New Deal America, which…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

‘Warmly assured, instantly engaging & softly inspiring’: HEADS OR TAILS – Living Record Festival (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Yesterday I watched Skye Hallam’s excellent one-woman show, Heads or Tails, one of the headline acts at the new Living Record Festival. It’s a gently confessional monologue about the aft…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

How to Write a Pandemic Play by Aleks Sierz

Ten prompts for writing about the year 2020: 1) “It started with a slight cough, a rather dry cough.” Explore the sense of a beginning; remember how you felt when the news of the pandemi…

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

“S-27” at The Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Last week I watched Sarah Grochala’s award-winning short play, S-27, now streaming from the website of the Finborough Theatre, where it had its 2009 premiere. It is inspired by the work o…

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

‘The themes are both relevant and mildly hopeful’: DECEMBER – Old Red Lion Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

I watched the streamed version of December, written and directed by Alexander Knott, and performed in the Old Red Lion Theatre and pub.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

‘The acting is uniformly good’: S-27 – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

With S-27, the Finborough once again punches well above its weight, making another compelling contribution to the brave new world of streamed theatre.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

“Misfits” at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch by Aleks Sierz

A couple of days ago I watched the live stream of Misfits, from the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. The show comprises four excellent fractured monologues, written by Kenny Emson, Sadie Hasler…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

’An acute emotional punch’: LIVING NEWSPAPER: A COUNTER NARRATIVE – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The promise of being “urgent, responsive and fast” may not always be achieved, but at its very best the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative is both pertinent and full o…

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

“A Christmas Carol”at The Bridge Theatre by Aleks Sierz

A Christmas Carol is a seasonal standard. In a normal year, there are a couple of versions to be enjoyed, usually led by the Old Vic in London, but this winter it feels like there’s an epi…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

‘Plenty here to engage both mind & feelings’: OVERFLOW – Bush Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Travis Alabanza’s play Overflow at the Bush Theatre is both tender in its empathy for the different kinds of trans experience and passionately angry about prejudice.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

“Death of England: Delroy”, National Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Okay, COVID-19 really sucks. This play opened and closed on the same night, 4 November, as the second lockdown this year closed all entertainment venues in the country. Luckily, there had be…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

“What a Carve Up!”, Barn Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Classical murder mysteries end with a neat solution — and with the arrest of the perpetrator. Postmodern murder mysteries play games with the genre, turning it upside down and inside out. …

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

About “A Coin In Someone Else’s Pocket” by Aleks Sierz

Today, I watched the first episode in the Tools for Change trilogy, digital reimaginings of three plays exploring racism, censorship, power and identity from the Theatre Uncut archive, in a …

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Philip Ridley’s “The Poltergeist” at the Southwark Playhouse: High-Powered Tour de Force by Aleks Sierz

Playwright Philip Ridley has had a very productive lockdown. Despite the constraints of the pandemic he has been exceptionally creative. In March, when all theatres in Britain were closed, h…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

‘Both humorous & moving’: MISFITS – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (Online theatre) by Aleks Sierz

Misfits, from the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, comprises four excellent fractured monologues, written by Kenny Emson, Sadie Hasler, Guleraana Mir and Anne Odeke, which focus on Essex,

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

‘Positively electrifying stuff’: LITTLE WARS (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

There’s plenty to enjoy in Little Wars’ jokes, and then, later on, the final harrowing monologues about the genocide are both powerful and deeply moving.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

“Quarter Life Crisis” at The Bridge Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Success smells sweet. The Bridge Theatre’s pioneering season of one-person plays continues with sell-out performances of David Hare’s Beat the Devil and Fuel’s production of Inua Ella…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

’It’s definitely essential viewing’: A COIN IN SOMEBODY ELSE’S POCKET – Theatre Uncut & Traverse Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Originally commissioned as part of The Power Plays produced by Theatre Uncut in 2018, A Coin in Someone Else’s Pocket is a wonderfully thoughtful meditation on what it means to be a female…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

“An Evening with an Immigrant”, Bridge Theatre by Aleks Sierz

When the history of British theatre’s response to COVID-19 comes to be written, the names of two men will feature prominently: Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr. The “two Nicks” were the …

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Monday, October 5, 2020

About “We Are Shadows: Brick Lane.” by Aleks Sierz

Do you know the Urdu word for story? No? Well, look it up. Okay, this might prove a bit tricky, so let me suggest an easier route: buy a ticket to participate in We Are Shadows: Brick Lane, …

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Friday, October 2, 2020

‘Melancholic & funny’: IN A NUTSHELL – Lost Dog (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

Theatre is just different organisms in close proximity. It’s a great image, and one of many that float gently to the surface in Ben Duke’s In a Nutshell, a monologue which explores with …

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

‘Blends wry reminiscence, personal experience, poetry & music’: AN EVENING WITH AN IMMIGRANT – Bridge Theatre by Aleks Sierz

This is a masterly revival of An Evening with an Immigrant, Inua Ellams’ 2016 autobiographical one-man show which is both poetic and engaging.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

’An insightful & fascinating journey of exploration’: ABOUT WE ARE SHADOWS – Brick Lane by Aleks Sierz

Although I have visited Brick Lane a number of times over the years, much of We Are Shadows: Brick Lane this was refreshingly new to me and the adventure was a delightful experience.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

”Scrounger” at the Finborough Theatre by Aleks Sierz

During the current pandemic, stories about isolation have a particular resonance. Feelings of claustrophobia, loneliness, and frustration slide off the stage and echo in our subconscious —…

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

‘Marvellously inventive & thoroughly compelling’: BLINDNESS – Donmar Warehouse by Aleks Sierz

Simon Stephens and Juliet Stevenson create a perfectly beautiful and haunting installation for our times in The Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

“My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid)” at The Royal Court by Aleks Sierz

The strength of the response to the re-emergence of the Black Lives Matter campaign has encouraged some theatres to create provocative, new work. Often, the keynote is a personal feeling. On…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Beautifully conveys its emotional & political charge’: SCROUNGER – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Aleks Sierz

The bright colours of the performance underline the surrealism of Scrounger’s quest for justice, and Athena Stevens, the first actor in a wheelchair nominated for an Offie, performs her st…

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Review of “Spring Cleaning,” Arlington Road, London by Aleks Sierz

Can the act of dusting be a metaphor? This is the all-too-obvious question that jumps into the mind while watching Spring Cleaning, a very site-specific immersive theatre production that ta…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Death Of The Theatre Critic? by Aleks Sierz

This is the age of marketing, not the age of criticism. To give an example, I’ll start with a small incident that has a wider symbolic value. In November 2013, a new show called Gastronau…

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