Dinner With Groucho at The Arcola Theatre

Dinner With Groucho at The Arcola Theatre

Frank McGuinness’ play Dinner with Groucho, is a circuitous narrative about two twentieth-century cultural icons, TS Eliot and Groucho Marx. Although much has been written about Eliot, one of the world’s major poets, and about the anarchic, quick-witted comedy of Groucho Marx, little is known of their inner mysteries, sufferings and delights. McGuinness, in choosing…

Review of The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Review of The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

The Doctor, created by writer/director Robert Icke, is a curious hybrid of a play. It works as an homage to Professor Bernhardi, a 1912 comedy/drama by Austrian dramatist Arthur Schnitzler, which Icke updates and imbues with the punishing wail of social media, the indignation of interest groups, the punch-drunk power of identity politics, and questions…

Review of Freud’s Last Session at the King’s Head Theatre

Review of Freud’s Last Session at the King’s Head Theatre

If Irish scholar and celebrated novelist CS Lewis were to pay a visit to Austrian neurologist and founding father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud what might the two men be keen to debate? And what significance would their discussion have when played out against the looming threat of Nazi invasion and the advent of the Second…

Cause Célèbre by Terence Rattigan at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review

Cause Célèbre by Terence Rattigan at Hampton Hill Theatre | Review

In the past couple of years, a spate of Terence Rattigan’s plays have been revived by drama schools and amateur theatre companies in the greater London area and further afield. I use the term ‘amateur’ quizzically as many of these low-scale undertakings embody the dignity of Rattigan’s intent more faithfully than big-budget productions in London’s…

The Weatherman By Eugene O’Hare at Park Theatre | Review

The Weatherman By Eugene O’Hare at Park Theatre | Review

Eugene O’Hare’s debut play, The Weatherman is not for the fainthearted. It’s a disturbing mix of brutality and indifference that casts a harsh floodlight on the sordid underbelly of British society. Its depiction of a hidden world we all know exists, sex trafficking of children in London, leaves us with a burgeoning message – it…