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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

You’re on! The understudies who saved Christmas as Omicron raged by Kate Wyver

As Covid hit casts, understudies suddenly found themselves needed everywhere – with little warning. We meet these unsung heroes, including a Beanstalk Jack who took on three other last-min…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Three pantos in one day? Oh yes I did! by Kate Wyver

A triple bill of Sleeping Beauty, Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington brings giggles, cheer, glitter galore and, well, a bit of a headache My head is filled with nothing but glitte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Fair Play review – dynamic two-hander tracks gender and race in sport by Kate Wyver

Bush theatre, LondonElla Road’s remarkable play, directed by Monique Touko, is a tender and intimate story of teenage friendship and athletics A pair of talented teenage runners are dangli…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

‘I cried every day at work – now I am here!’ Spring Awakening’s fresh cast step on stage by Kate Wyver

Frank Wedekind’s banned 19th-century classic, now a youth rock musical, is back on stage – with a young cast who came of age in the pandemic No one saw Spring Awakening for the first 15 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Redemption review – a powerful journey of hope, grief, grime and soul by Kate Wyver

The Big House, LondonThis immersive show creates a raucous energy as Maz runs away from her care home and tries to carve her place in the music scene Every year there are new immersive shows…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Wife of Willesden review – Zadie Smith’s boozy lock-in is a bawdy treat by Kate Wyver

Kiln theatre, LondonThe author’s debut play lets one of Chaucer’s most revolutionary characters loose in modern-day Kilburn in a celebration of community and a life well-lived For her de…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Rare Earth Mettle review – secret deals and wordy debates by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonEverything here is plot as Al Smith’s play speeds over many huge issues with little time to register their impact In Al Smith’s ambitious and cynical new play, everybo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘It’s going to be bigger, stranger’: Neil Gaiman on the return of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Kate Wyver

Two years after its first staging, Gaiman’s dark fairytale has returned, this time to the West End. The author, cast and creative team discuss bringing the eldritch magic of childhood to l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Monday, October 18, 2021

Yellowfin review – shocking testimony from a world with empty oceans by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonThree senators at a hearing in Washington DC try to find out where all the fish have gone in Marek Horn’s smart but deliberately frustrating one-room play Tuna h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Foxes review – shattering tale of faith and family by Kate Wyver

Theatre 503, LondonDexter Flanders’ tender debut about a fractured family shows the tensions and compromises faced by Black gay men Through the story of one beautiful, fractured family, t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:03PM

Ian McDiarmid: ‘Why should older people go quietly? We’ve still got things to say and things to do’ by Kate Wyver

The Olivier-winning actor who plays Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars series talks to Kate Wyver about the fight against ‘end-of-life serenity’, adapting Julian Barnes for the stage, an…

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:32AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

Athena review – teenage duellists take a hesitant stab at friendship by Kate Wyver

Yard theatre, LondonTwo vividly portrayed fencers shuffle towards a climactic battle in this smart, galvanising coming-of-age drama The verbal sparring is sharp and pointed in Gracie Gardne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Metamorphoses review – riotous night of vice, profanity and shocks by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonAncient Greek myths are retold with stripped-back simplicity and no little bloodshed in a hugely enjoyable show “Welcome in,” calls Irfan Shamji as latecom…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

How to Survive an Apocalypse review – dinner drama ducks deep questions by Kate Wyver

Finborough theatre, LondonJordan Hall’s play dips its toes into surviving global apocalypse but only explores romantic disaster This play will not teach you how to survive an apocalypse. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Mythosphere review – bullied girl takes erratic flight for the bird realm by Kate Wyver

Stone Nest, LondonInna Dulerayn’s hallucinatory and astonishingly costumed fantasia disintegrates into incoherence in the second half Under the arches of an old Welsh chapel, beaked angels…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Motionhouse: Nobody review – keep your eyes glued to this incredible ensemble by Kate Wyver

Peacock theatre, LondonForget about the plot and lose yourself in this dance-circus show whose dizzying performers cast gravity aside She falls almost in slow motion, sideways, her body rigi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Muse and model or painter-poet? Elizabeth Siddal given fresh portrait by Kate Wyver

RashDash’s new theatre production honours the pre-Raphaelite by focusing on her own art and poetry – and shifting from tragedy into comedy Wan, pale, tragic. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sidda…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sound Cistem review – a heady disco of trans stories by Kate Wyver

Pleasance, LondonAyden Brouwers and Lizzie Morris’s insightful and emotional dance show features the thoughts of young trans and non-binary people “They say it’s trans people who are o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Pecs: The Boys Are Back in Town review – drag kings cast off lockdown woes and double denims by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonCreative cabaret from Thrustin Limbersnake, Loose Willis and the gang celebrates reopened queer spaces and non-binary beauty After almost two years of very little access …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

When Darkness Falls review – Guernsey’s ghosts leave you cowering in your seat by Kate Wyver

Park theatre, LondonAfter a shaky start, this spooky tale gets smarter and scarier as the night goes on, cleverly entwining local history and folklore A hefty storm is brewing outside a rams…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM
Friday, August 20, 2021

The Song Project review – a mixed bag of theatrical ballads by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonDutch singer Wende performs songs conceived by playwrights – on topics from bloody battles to online dating – with magnetism and a talent for storytelling In this glor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Scab review – turbulent one-hander has a lot to pick at by Kate Wyver

Arcola Outside, LondonLuke Stapleton’s story of two lonely men finding comfort in one another is a gem – so it’s a shame it’s obscured by loud music, drama school-isms and cliche Sca…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

2:22: A Ghost Story review – Lily Allen gives you chills in slick, clever horror by Kate Wyver

Noël Coward theatre, LondonThe pop star makes her West End debut in a contemporary haunted-house chiller that smartly plays with all the old tropes and leaves the room electric with fear Fi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Park Bench review – innovative show starts online and ends on stage by Kate Wyver

Park theatre, LondonTori-Allen Martin’s two-hander opens with the audience watching at home – then the second half is performed in person The concept is the strongest part of Tori Allen-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54PM
Friday, August 6, 2021

‘The best summer of my life’ – Kae Tempest takes Sophocles on a gender odyssey by Kate Wyver

The writer has turned a Greek tragedy about a marooned soldier into an all-women play for the Covid era. They reveal how its creation mirrored their own journey ‘These stories can be intim…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM

Arthur/Merlin review – family-friendly quest loses its way by Kate Wyver

Iris theatre, LondonMichael Elcock’s winning Arthur and Kate Donnachie’s frustrated Merlin make a sparky team but the show can’t decide whether it’s playing to kids or adults On this…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Blasphemy, violence and live turtles: 10 plays that shocked the world by Kate Wyver

A history of theatre’s most controversial moments, from Jerry Springer: The Opera to Sarah Kane’s ‘unrelenting’ Blasted Sensationally vulgar, this musical take on the TV host was tak…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Lava review – a captivating, continent-spanning one-woman show by Kate Wyver

Bush theatre, LondonRonkẹ Adékoluẹjo oozes charm and confidence in Benedict Lombe’s superb memoir-monologue Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo is luminous in Benedict Lombe’s passionate memoir-m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Lucy McCormick: Life: Live! – wannabe pop star’s lockdown fever dream by Kate Wyver

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonMcCormick’s narcissistic alter ego Lucy Muck has a feral energy, but is a one-note creation who lacks the focus of her previous shows Life: Live! is a hot mess…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Monday, July 5, 2021

The Global Playground review – silliness at full throttle as cameras roll on dance moves by Kate Wyver

Great Northern Warehouse, ManchesterFun, mischief, comic puppetry and rather frustrating lulls abound as a dance company attempts to film its latest show Blending dance, puppetry and play, t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

All of This Unreal Time review – Cillian Murphy confesses all in pounding sound and blinding light by Kate Wyver

Central Hall, Manchester Central, and onlineIn a grimy and intense film installation, the actor unleashes a torrent of regret, superbly scripted by Max Porter Cillian Murphy, wearing a bla…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:06AM

All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre