Review of The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre

The Memory of Water Production Image - L-R Adam James, Laura Rogers, Carolina Main (lying down), Lucy Black, Kulvinder Ghir © Helen Murray.

The bereaved homecoming is a tried-and-tested dramatic device, be it Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1901); Langford Wilson’s Burn This (1987) or Tracy Letts’ August: Osage Country (2007). Amongst heightened emotions, familial tensions and uncovered secrets, tragedy and farce have a natural opportunity to reveal themselves and intensify in the claustrophobic confines of gathering for funeral rites … Read more

Review of Game of Love and Chance at Arcola Outside

Arcola - The Game of Love and Chance - George Kemp, Ellie Nunn, David Acton, Ammar Duffus, Michael Lyle - (c) Alex Brenner.

‘When will this farce be over?’ cries Sylvia (Ellie Nunn) – who is 58th in line to the throne and whose arranged betrothal to another aristocrat is at the heart of Quentin Beroud and Jack Gamble’s adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s 18th-century comedy. After an hour of a talky and relatively timid nibble at the … Read more

Review of Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Confession: I have an aversion to (linear) streamed theatre because it reminds me too much of what I’m not experiencing as live performance. Emma Rice’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk may have just cured me, however. This two-hander love story of Marc and Bella Chagall set against the constant tumult of the first half of … Read more

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