Review: Home

How do you give unrepresented young people a voice? Well, first of all you listen to them. In this sharp and informed piece of verbatim theatre, director Nadia Fall has done just that — interviewing residents and staff in one of East London’s biggest hostels, before channelling as many of their experiences as possible into a production that feels at once sharply choreographed and deliciously spontaneous. Continue reading “Review: Home”

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Review: An Evening of the Absurd: Are We All Still Waiting for Godot?

As absurdism is known for distorting the everyday in order To make its point, Closing the Gap Theatre has done well to seat the two plays that make up An Evening of the Absurd: Are We All Still Waiting For Godot? around the kitchen table. In both Breakfast with Chamberlain and Glory Days, Joe Allan’s company teases the familiar mannerisms and gentle colloquialisms that season our mealtimes, with the cast bringing in abstract characters and events in order to get their teeth into meatier topics. Continue reading “Review: An Evening of the Absurd: Are We All Still Waiting for Godot?”

Review: Praxis Makes Perfect

Which do you value more? Material possessions or the transformative power of literature? That was the dilemma pitched to Praxis Makes Perfect attenders in the show’s “important arrival information”, which instructed audience members to write a message in a favourite book and prepare to give it away to a fellow comrade. Continue reading “Review: Praxis Makes Perfect”

Review: Our Town

We’ve all seen those crushing casting calls: “Wanted: Actor with 3+ years’ experience and Drama UK accreditation. Must be able to lie still and portray a dead body for an entire scene.” It causes some relief, then, that in Thornton Wilder’s meditation on the impact left by a life lived conventionally, the most insightful revelations are made by characters who have taken a step back from the overpowering banality of day to day life. Filling the third act with a distanced wisdom that comes from beyond the grave, these engaging and unusual characters offer existential evaluations that reverberate off the personalities of former selves introduced in earlier scenes. Continue reading “Review: Our Town”