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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.


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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Butley – Play Review

18 Aug

So as I mentioned on twitter I got tickets to see Butley at the Duchess for the low low price of £12.50! And they were stalls! Butley stars Dominic West (British actor most known for his role on The Wire) in a revival of the 1971 play directed by Harold Pinter himself. Pinter said in 1971 that Simon Gray’s comedy was ‘A remarkable creation’.


Ben Butley is a teacher who has definitely had the worst start to the term. He successfully manages to take out his anger on everybody else around him. The play is set over one day and during this day he finds out that his estranged wife is leaving him for who he claims to be the most boring man in London. To add to his troubles his male friend (lover) and protege is also leaving him. The result of all this is a funny, witty, cringing, dark show that will leave you very satisfied.

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Jerusalem the Play

14 Aug

Once again, following from my recent post about the period art installation, this post isn’t really a review, preview or discussion. I don’t know why but these past few days I can’t seem to find anything to write about. There’s nothing to review, preview or discuss. However, this morning I spent 50 pounds. Why? Jerusalem.

Jerusalem won the best actor award at the Tony’s but lost best play to War Horse. It had an extremely successful run in London and New York with critics raving and I have yet to find a review less than five stars with papers such as the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and many more giving it a rave review. Not only is Ian Rickson’s direction praised but Mark Rylance is even being named as the Laurence Olivier of our time.

Ian Rickson seems to be the director of this year at the theatre with successes such as The Children’s Hour, starring Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss, as well as Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Now Jerusalem returns for a fourteen week run at the Apollo Theatre in London.

If you can get your hands on these tickets, GET THEM NOW. This play is supposed to be incredible and they will sell out without a doubt. Some nights tickets have already sold out, so get your tickets right now.

I’m really looking forward to it!