Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Boy who Lived. Nineteen years later. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son... Continue Reading →

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Queers: Part II

Queers  marks the 50 years since the Sexual Offences act of 1967 began the decriminalisation process for homosexuality between men and celebrates some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of the British gay male experience over the last century. Part I saw young soldier Percy tells us of his friendship with a handsome... Continue Reading →

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Chronicling the rise of Arturo Ui, a fictional 1930s Chicago mobster, and his attempts to control the cauliflower racket by ruthlessly disposing of the opposition. The play is a satirical allegory of the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany prior to World War II. Bruce Norris’ adaption draws parallels between Arturo... Continue Reading →

The Exonerated

In the US today, for every nine executed, one is proven innocent; here are the stories of six wrongly convicted inmates. Exploring the theme of innocence on the death row, as well as how racial bias and politicisation of the court system continue to prevent fair trials and justice. Blank and Jensen’s script is powered... Continue Reading →

The Glass Menagerie

Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her... Continue Reading →

Power

In 1661, the young Louis XIV, on the death of Cardinal Mazarin, takes over the reins of power of France but soon finds himself locked in a battle of wills with his friend, Nicolas Fouquet, whose vast wealth has in the past saved the monarchy and who lusts to be first minister. Hilary Cordery brings... Continue Reading →

Speech and Debate

Set in a high school in the politically correct yet puritanical town of Salem, Oregon, a trio of misfits begrudgingly join forces to uncover a sex scandal by reviving an unpopular school club. There’s Solomon, an ambitious school newspaper reporter, Howie, a new boy with insalubrious internet habits, and Diwata, a zealous actress whose enthusiasm... Continue Reading →

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Having been summoned by the new King of Denmark to visit their old friend Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern attempt to make sense of the peculiar goings-on in the castle whilst engaging in an ongoing philosophical debate about free will versus predestination, each trying to prove absurd positions through misbegotten experiments. Anna Fleischle’s design is one... Continue Reading →

Hamlet

Prince Hamlet is depressed. Having been summoned home to Denmark from school in Germany to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried to his Uncle Claudius. The whole production is filled with Robert Icke’s usual detail, assurance and intelligence. Surrounded by screens, surveillance is key and the characters... Continue Reading →

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