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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Yours Unfaithfully review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London from Miles Malleson by Anya Ryan

onathan Bank’s revival of Malleson’s forgotten play was first seen in New York in 2017. It is, in many ways, inconceivable that this jolly, forward-thinking drama was left unperformed fo…

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023 by Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed Richard Marsh has clearly see…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Thursday, May 18, 2023

Biscuits for Breakfast, Hampstead Theatre review - hunger and an aching humanity by Anya Ryan

Couple slide towards poverty in Hampstead Downstairs two-hander Food is the centrepiece of Gareth Farr’s chilling new play Biscuits for Breakfast. Meals are described so delicately that t…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

For Black Boys … review – a moving meditation on Black masculinity by Anya Ryan

Apollo theatre, LondonUnderneath the pain in Ryan Calais Cameron’s powerful play there is an abundance of light, as six Black men open up about the experiences and beliefs that have shaped…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Gone Too Far! review – Bola Agbaje’s drama pumped with vitality by young cast by Anya Ryan

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonCrackling humour and punchy direction energise the story of two brothers battling over whose way is the right way on their Peckham estate The streets of P…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:32AM
Thursday, March 2, 2023

Sleepova review – a captivating safe space for teenage dreams and fears by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonFour girls joke, squabble and share their secrets in this exhilarating tableau of young friendship starring Rocks’ Bukky Bakray Change into your pyjamas, grab a bag of …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:22AM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Winner’s Curse review – Clive Anderson’s warmth can’t revive this dodo by Anya Ryan

Park theatre, LondonThis interactive play by a former diplomat about working in negotiation feels like Debating for Dummies. Anderson’s off-script ad-libs are the sparkiest intervention �…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:39AM
Friday, February 10, 2023

She review – enthralling scenes from the seven ages of women by Anya Ryan

Tara theatre, LondonAnthony Clark’s series of short plays forms an eloquent meditation on life, mortality and the passage of time In the Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It, Shake…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:19AM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

The Beekeeper of Aleppo review – harrowing refugee tale reaches the stage by Anya Ryan

Nottingham PlayhouseChristy Lefteri’s novel is an account of a perilous journey from Syria to England that, despite renewed poignancy, makes for an uneven drama Christy Lefteri’s bestsel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:17AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English review – slow-bloom show full of familial love by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonThe conflicts of not fully knowing your family’s language are to the fore in writer and actor Tania Nwachukwu’s play Plants are central to Tania Nwachukwu’s play ab…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42PM
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Jack! review – giant juvenile cast bring joy to fresh take on panto by Anya Ryan

Chickenshed theatre, LondonThis Jack finds the beanstalk in an arcade video game – and there’s much more going on, with a young, 200-strong supporting ensemble This twist on Jack and the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sarah review – pungent story of self-destruction by Anya Ryan

Coronet theatre, LondonJonathan Slinger is the antihero – and all the other characters – in an adaptation of Scott McClanahan’s novel, staged by Oliver Reese Based on the 2015 semi-aut…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Auto-Engrain review – nightmarish tale of the slow creep of domestic abuse by Anya Ryan

King’s Head theatre, LondonHelena Collins O’Connor writes and performs a monologue that makes a powerful statement about this stubborn and horrific issue “I’m going to rant for a bit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Evening Conversations review – warm meditations from midlife by Anya Ryan

Soho theatre, LondonSudha Bhuchar’s monologue, drawing on chats with her children, has much likable detail but slightly less focus than you’d wish for Meet Sudha Bhuchar. She’s a middl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The Sleeping Sword review – Morpurgo fable transformed into scrapbook of wonder by Anya Ryan

Watermill theatre, NewburyMichael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy’s Arthurian adventure is inventively brought to life in an inclusive production Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting 2002 take o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Elephant review – magnetic monologue on mixed-race identity in Britain by Anya Ryan

Bush theatre, LondonIn her melodic debut play, Anoushka Lucas asks difficult questions about her own existence, the origins of her beloved piano and the British class system Anoushka Lucas�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:19AM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Bombay Superstar review – glitzy Bollywood musical suffers from off-key yelping by Anya Ryan

Belgrade theatre, CoventryThis story of a young woman in search of her film director father has grand ambition but wooden performances and poor singing mar a stronger second half “Fight fo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:13AM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sus review – harrowing police racism drama more relevant than ever by Anya Ryan

Park theatre, LondonBarrie Keeffe’s play about a Black man accused of the murder of his pregnant wife is still potent, but the production lacks polish You might expect times to have change…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:55AM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Help! We Are Still Alive review – muddled apocalyptic comedy by Anya Ryan

Seven Dials Playhouse, LondonA couple strive to survive Earth’s end of days with some glorious songs in an otherwise stagnant two-hander Here we are in the apocalypse. Jass and Finn are th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Friday, September 9, 2022

Yellowman review – colourism drama with two terrific leads by Anya Ryan

Orange Tree theatre, LondonNadine Higgin and Aaron Anthony excel as the couple in Dael Orlandersmith’s Pulitzer-nominated play “My mother and her mother before her believed if only they …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:49AM
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

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