Broken Lad by Robin Hooper at the Arcola Theatre | Review

Broken Lad by Robin Hooper at the Arcola Theatre | Review

Loyalty is an odd thing. It embraces so many concepts: ideas, people, identities, countries, the list is endless. But no matter how much someone expresses their loyalty to something, there is a breaking point, when they have to consider which is more important, their loyalty or themselves.  And this, I believe is the message that…

Review of Love and Other Acts of Violence at Donmar Warehouse

Review of Love and Other Acts of Violence at Donmar Warehouse

There had, I thought to myself, be some acts of violence to witness in a show called Love and Other Acts of Violence. With hindsight (I am not wholly convinced it is necessarily a ‘benefit’), it was quite a ridiculous thought, but then a title like this evokes all sorts of musings, at least in…

Review of The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre

Review of The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre

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…