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Friday, September 2, 2022

I, Joan review – non-binary Joan of Arc proves a rousing protest piece by Anya Ryan

Globe theatre, LondonIsobel Thom gives a visceral, courageous performance as France’s patron saint, brought into the modern day by Charlie Josephine’s joyous production You might not exp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Fringe audiences are 99% white? As a South Asian critic, I found Edinburgh’s screaming lack of diversity hugely troubling | Anya Ryan by Anya Ryan

Outdated terminology, racist gags, almost entirely white audiences … with just a few fantastic exceptions, fringe shows do not feel like they are for people like me I’m sitting in the au…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:49AM
Friday, August 12, 2022

Sibling revelry: the brother and sister hitting Edinburgh fringe with magic and comedy by Anya Ryan

Break-dancing illusionist Magical Bones and comedian Eme Essien are at the festival with new shows. He teaches her one of his tricks – and gets an acting masterclass in return One is a ris…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Caste-ing review – shining a light on the inequities of the acting industry by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghThe reality faced by Black women trying to break into showbusiness is told through beatbox, rap, song and spoken word by an impressive ensemble Making it as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder review – hapless podcast hosts play detectives by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghFrom Fleabag producer Francesca Moody, this thrilling foray into silliness makes for a wonderfully cheerful musical whodunnit Best friends for life Kathy an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Monday, August 8, 2022

Sap review – Ovid’s transformation myth gloriously retold by Anya Ryan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, EdinburghA tale with ancient roots is given a modern twist in Rafaella Marcus’s debut play about nature, sexuality and what could have been Here is an ancient tale…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07PM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

Please, Feel Free to Share review – living the lie online by Anya Ryan

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghRóisín Bevan is irresistible in Rachel Causer’s comedy drama about an influencer’s unhealthy relationship with the truth Everyone lies sometimes, right? A…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM

Brown Boys Swim review – friends stay afloat against a tide of racism by Anya Ryan

Pleasance Dome, EdinburghTwo Asian boys learn how to swim and navigate intolerance and social expectations in Karim Khan’s funny, subtle drama Like lots of South Asian teenagers, Kash and …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

Black Sheep review – circus-song memoir of Black experience by Anya Ryan

Assembly Rooms, EdinburghLivia Kojo Alour’s compellingly performed map of her life is part-poetry, part-musical, part-circus, but it doesn’t hang together First, a warning. Black Sheep i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads review – a burning portrait of racism in Britain by Anya Ryan

Minerva theatre, ChichesterTwo decades since the debut of Roy Williams’s play set in a pub during an England v Germany World Cup qualifier, the script is as hot as ever Twenty years since …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Fellowship review – ambitious drama overstuffed with issues by Anya Ryan

Hampstead theatre, LondonStrong performances carry this family drama by Roy Williams in which urgent themes don’t have enough space to grow The Fellowship is a play of big issues as two fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

Bangers review – a joyous party of a play celebrating the rousing power of music by Anya Ryan

Soho theatre, LondonTwin stories of self-discovery are enacted by scintillating, energetic performers stacked with natural talent Cue the music because here comes a play that feels like a cl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Edinburgh fringe 2022: 20 theatre, comedy and dance shows you shouldn’t miss by Brian Logan, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher, Anya Ryan, Rachael Healy, Kate Wyver, Claire Armitstead, Arifa Akbar and Lyndsey Winship

In the first of our festival previews, we round up some of the best offerings we’ve already reviewed – including Tim Key, Liz Kingsman, La Clique and Hungry This searing, sweaty disco is…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Cher and share alike: three actors star as the singer in musical that turns back time by Anya Ryan

The comeback queen is the perfect protagonist for a musical, say The Cher Show’s stars who, led by Arlene Phillips and Oti Mabuse, are embarking on a mammoth UK tour You could call them a …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Scandaltown review: Mike Bartlett’s contemporary Restoration play is a clutter of a parody by Anya Ryan

Beyond packing as many contemporary cultural references into his script as possible, the playwright’s satire about the rich and powerful is underachieving

SOURCE: The Independent at 04:37AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review – northern fairytale has lost sparkle by Anya Ryan

Malvern theatreChristina Bianco is a wondrous singer and Shobna Gulati propels the story but Jim Cartwright’s play has dated badly Jim Cartwright’s northern fairytale is a little faded 3…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Friday, April 8, 2022

Milky Peaks review – a warm-hearted celebration of Welshness by Anya Ryan

Theatr Clwyd, MoldMusical about populist politics in small-town Snowdonia makes up for its slow pace with sharp writing and lavish design Here is a celebration of Wales in all its glory. Wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Moreno review – Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take the knee causes ripples by Anya Ryan

Theatre503, LondonPravin Wilkins’ commendable debut about the NFL player’s public protest is hampered by a lack of pace Colin Kaepernick’s decision to start taking the knee during the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Sorry, You’re Not a Winner review – gripping story of social mobility by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal PlymouthJesse Jones directs a superb production of Samuel Bailey’s nuanced drama about a friendship between two young men which is put to the test Fletch and Liam have been b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 24, 2022

But I’m a Cheerleader review – a comic take on gay-conversion practices by Anya Ryan

Turbine theatre, LondonEven if it doesn’t always reach its potential, this bright, entertaining comedy-musical deserves credit for tackling an urgent issue The US high school musical has b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36PM
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Splintered review – queer Caribbean cabaret is a fantastic night of festivity and foolery by Anya Ryan

Soho theatre, LondonA charismatic trio of emcees use music, comedy and interviews in a political show that is flamboyant and brimming with joy A play that opens with a woman downing vodka fr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Friday, February 18, 2022

An Unfinished Man review – innovative drama can’t quite break the hex by Anya Ryan

Yard theatre, LondonDipo Baruwa-Etti’s thoughtful exploration of the Black experience is smartly acted but never fully builds on its themes Kayode (Fode Simbo) has been unemployed for seve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

When the Long Trick’s Over review – drowning in grief by Anya Ryan

New Wolsey theatre, IpswichA woman sets out to swim the Channel in memory of her dead sister in a play that is imperfectly written but brilliantly staged Grief can feel like drowning. And in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Never Not Once review – brutal drama unpacks a mother’s trauma by Anya Ryan

Park theatre, London Flora Montgomery is put through agony when her daughter questions her paternity, in this impactful play from Carey Crim How do you repent an action that has ripped up so…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Two Billion Beats review – moving portrayal of sisterly love by Anya Ryan

Orange Tree theatre, LondonA politically minded teenager helps her sibling tackle bullies in a compelling coming of age drama “Play the game,” Asha’s mum tells her. After the gifted te…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Saving Britney review – a Spears superfan breaks the ice by Anya Ryan

Old Joint Stock, BirminghamOne millennial’s lifelong infatuation with the star could have been interesting but this spirited solo performance fails to engage Oops she did it again. Britney…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

From Rushmere With Love review – the name’s Boond, James Boond by Anya Ryan

Sir John Mills theatre, IpswichThere’s a lot of heart and plenty of hammy humour in this uneven double-O spoof from Eastern Angles A Christmas show about James Bond? Well, not quite. In Ea…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Straight White Men review – modern male psychology spotlit by Anya Ryan

Southwark Playhouse, LondonYoung Jean Lee’s satire, unfolding at a family Christmas, finds brothers struggling with midlife Straight white men run the world. But in Young Jean Lee’s 2014…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Lost Origin review – big-budget interactive adventure gets into a muddle by Anya Ryan

Hoxton Docks, LondonDespite impressive technical illusions, this immersive journey into an evil mastermind’s headquarters feels too aimless to live up to its potential Immersive theatre, a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48PM
Friday, November 12, 2021

‘A total dream’: the mother-and-daughter stars of Les Mis and The Lion King by Anya Ryan

Chanice Alexander-Burnett stars as Fantine in the West End while 12-year-old Chanai Owusu-Ansah plays Young Nala up the road. The pair talk nerves, show tunes and homework Is talent inherite…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Friday, November 5, 2021

The Ocean at the End of the Lane review: A thunderous, sometimes terrifying adaptation by Anya Ryan

This West End transfer, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy novel, is a magical and menacing thing

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:36AM