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Play Review: Can We Talk About This?

11 Apr

DV8’s new piece definitely talks. It moves as Lloyd Newson’s company does so well, but the talking is key to this spectacularly powerful and discursive piece of theatre. The play opens with a man asking the audience how many of them feel morally superior to the Taliban. Only 10% of people on the night I went put their hands up. The actor then begins to list some of the things the Taliban have done. People shift uneasily. That is what this show does, it pushes boundaries and it talks about something that I personally feel people are too scared to talk about.

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The show examines cases of extremism in Islam ranging from Theo Van Gogh’s Muhammed Cartoons to the burning of the Satanic Verses. Each of these are verbatim from interviews carried out in the past or ones the DV8 have conducted themselves.

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Play Review: Grief

26 Jan

Mike Leigh is one of my favourite writer/directors of all time, both on stage and screen. Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, Naked, Ecstasy, Abigail’s Party, there are too many pieces by him that I love. As soon as this play was announce, I had to grab a ticket. Perhaps I was anticipating it a bit too much. A lot of people were though. This play was commissioned by the National even before Leigh had finished it. Of course, people were instantly fascinated and intrigued as to what this new project would be.

Grief, which was only titled a few days before opening night, takes place during the 1950s in the living room of war widow Dorothy (Lesley Manville). Dorothy lives in a London suburb with her fifteen year old daughter Victoria(Ruby Bentall) and her older, bachelor brother Edwin (Sam Kelly). Dorothy is trying her best to be a good mother for Dorothy but Dorothy is proving to be a hard child to deal with.

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Play Review

17 Sep

One of the best things about going to the theatre is that it provides a good night out and can be quality entertainment. This play does that. It provides a great night out.

Richard Bean has adapted the 1753 play¬†Arlecchino servitore di due padroni which translates to The Servant of Two Masters. The basic plot is the same but scenes have been changed, added and modified to perfection. This play is fantastic! The story follows James Corden playing Francis Henshall, a man who is serving a woman who is disguised as a man (which of course, no one knows). She has returned home to her father disguised as her brother who they had believed to have been murdered. She’s looking for her lover who in fact did murder her brother. Francis then begins to serve for the murderer named Stanley who is a very typical upper-class, boarding school man. It’s all presented much like The Comedy of Errors where no one knows everyone else’s identity but the plot is by no means boring and is carried out with A LOT of humour.

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