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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
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘A pained love letter to boyhood’: Cillian Murphy and Max Porter on their new film by Kate Wyver

Their first project saw the actor tormented by a giant crow and pounded at ping-pong. Now the pair have joined forces again for a film exploring guilt and masculinity in an age of mounting d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Romeo and Juliet review – lovers and fighters are pawns in Shakespeare’s devastating game by Kate Wyver

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonCavan Clarke’s Mercutio steals the spotlight in an entertaining production that foregrounds past trauma Rapiers and sand-timers mix with skinny jean…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner review – sharp, furious and funny by Kate Wyver

Royal Court, LondonJasmine Lee-Jones’s striking debut drama is a sparky exploration of racism, gender and social media Veering between real life and the virtual timeline, Jasmine Lee-Jone…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Doctor Who: Time Fracture review – a close encounter with cosmic anarchy by Kate Wyver

Davies Mews, Bond StreetThis immersive show makes up for its disarray with the visceral thrill of moving among familiar and stunningly realised aliens “It’s been a frantic day,” says L…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

After Life review – an ode to precious moments and stage management by Kate Wyver

Dorfman, LondonJack Thorne’s adaptation of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film about dead souls living out eternal memories is charmingly done The last year has been one awful thing after another. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hug it out: one-to-one show Skin Hunger will satisfy your craving for touch by Kate Wyver

Performers invite audience members for a hug through a sheet of plastic in three intimate monologues inspired by the power of physical contact My cheek is folded into his neck. He’s speaki…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Place at the Bridge review – a crow-Bard love letter to Bristol by Kate Wyver

Tobacco Factory theatreShakespeare’s words are repurposed as reverence to the city in a heartfelt play let down by its forced format Blending sonnets and street art, The Place at the Bridg…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Friday, May 21, 2021

Cruise review – a stunning return to lost gay London by Kate Wyver

Duchess theatre, LondonJack Holden delivers a powerhouse one-man show about the hedonism, joy and tragedy of the 80s scene Joyful, painful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing, Cruise is an ode…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The smallest gay bar in Leeds: ‘don’t worry, there’s room to dance!’ by Kate Wyver

With queer spaces shrinking at a dramatic rate, artist Lucy Hayhoe’s installation invites you on a night out for one and asks: what makes a place gay? “A gay bar is worth something diffe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Thursday, December 10, 2020

Overflow review – friendship and fear in bathroom-sink drama by Kate Wyver

Bush theatre, London Reece Lyons stars in Travis Alabanza’s thought-provoking play which explores trans safety and is set in a public toilet Rosie is trapped in a bathroom. Tugging at her …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

GHBoy review – a bold look at chemsex and trauma by Kate Wyver

Charing Cross theatre, LondonPaul Harvard’s debut play, about homophobia and sexual assault, shows promise and has a complex lead but lacks focus Exploring the life of a man trying to quit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48PM
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Mustard review – stinging tale of love, revenge and condiment addiction by Kate Wyver

Available online A young woman takes an unusually sticky route to recovery in Eva O’Connor’s solo story about obsession and heartbreak The mustard gathers in a globule on Eva O’Connor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:54PM
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Rent review – touching New York tale … with very little touching by Kate Wyver

Available onlineLuke Sheppard’s smart production of the classic rock musical, slickly recorded at Hope Mill theatre, Manchester, makes the most of social distancing The stage is bustling w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM
Friday, November 20, 2020

'Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone by Kate Wyver

From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes ‘The length of each act should be the lengt…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Monday, October 19, 2020

Not waiting for Godot: new show tackles Beckett's ban on women by Kate Wyver

Female and non-binary performers deal with issue of playwright’s instructions A dead man’s voice can travel a long way. In 1988, Samuel Beckett sued a Dutch theatre company for casting w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

'It's a game – and you're going to win': the black coaches electrifying dance by Kate Wyver

What makes a great teacher? We meet the three nominees – all dancers – who are in the running for the educator category of this year’s Black British Theatre awards Dollie Henry started…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Quarter Life Crisis review – secrets of a reluctant grownup by Kate Wyver

Bridge theatre, London Yolanda Mercy’s funny, engaging verse monologue finds a twentysomething torn between dodging responsibility and accepting it’s time to define herself All children,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06PM
Monday, August 24, 2020

This digital afterlife: mobile phone-based show connects us in our grief by Kate Wyver

User Not Found, Dante or Die’s story about loss and digital legacy, has been refreshed for a lockdown audience who have grown accustomed to grieving and creating intimacy online ‘If your…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32AM
Friday, August 21, 2020

Dear audience … tender love drama delivered on postcards to your door by Kate Wyver

A gentle and touching new story from New Perspectives theatre company unfolds in six deliveries, spanning two continents and three decades A postcard slips through the letterbox and lands li…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bard in the Yard: Shakespeare fanfic brought straight to thy garden by Kate Wyver

This interactive solo performed by Lucy Aarden as the Stratford playwright is irresistible – even the chickens love it ‘Ovid wrote The Metamorphoses in quarantine. What are you doing wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Shows, suds, cider and a soaking: the Edinburgh fringe from my bathtub by Kate Wyver

The festival may be cancelled but our writer is determined to recreate the experience at home. So she pours a cider, steps into her bath – and logs on to the fringe’s freakiest shows The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Blindness review – blazing pandemic tale is brilliantly too close for comfort by Kate Wyver

Donmar Warehouse, LondonJosé Saramago’s timely, sinister story of a world in chaos reopens the theatre after lockdown and is narrated with savage rage by Juliet Stevenson After four month…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Monday, June 29, 2020

Razed and Confuzed Go Digital review – queer cabaret's night out at home by Kate Wyver

Drag artists play to an invisible audience in a series of recorded works that have a sense of protest at heart The queer cabaret night Razed and Confuzed is normally a physical event, but as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Monday, June 22, 2020

Show Me A Good Time review – an extraordinary 12-hour theatre marathon by Kate Wyver

HAU, BerlinAnglo-German group Gob Squad take to the streets of Berlin, London and Sheffield with a livestreamed feat of connection At 1.12am, Bastian Trost invites anyone watching from Berli…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Paper Stages review – joyful DIY theatre kit to act out at home by Kate Wyver

Available online Forest Fringe release a jolly bunch of downloadable plays, games and diversions to inject some performance into lockdown life Forest Fringe have never been one for conventio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Monday, May 18, 2020

Yard Online review – switch on your mobile and take a seat on your toilet by Kate Wyver

Yard theatre, Hackney WickThis all-day online festival included a one-to-one performance over the phone, a Ghanaian cook-along and a virtual after-party Hottest front-room seats: the best t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM

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