Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love at the Hammersmith Lyric – for your ears only

The audio recording of Love, Love, Love begins with a warning of strong language and explicit sexual scenes, then a collage of news footage of the UK’s chaotic lockdown start in March follows, especially difficult for theatres suddenly hanging in limbo: The government did not close them but advised their guests not to go. “Missed … Continue reading Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love at the Hammersmith Lyric – for your ears only

Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

The drums and instruments played at Theatre Lab Company’s Medea might be the same I have heard last time at a Kurdish wedding – here at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith the wedding celebrations of Jason and Glauce are held. We hear from the attending servants who curse the famous Argo Jason arrived with at … Continue reading Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

Take a London city break – listen to The Understudy

Did you know that you can point out actors at a party because they will harmonize when singing Happy Birthday? Expect more thrusts on The Ivy scene, people boring others with their knowledge about Japanese whiskey while quoting from Notting Hill for unrequested aspiration - enter the world of struggling actor Stephen. Failing to bond … Continue reading Take a London city break – listen to The Understudy

Please respect the paywall: Angela Carter’s The Tiger’s Bride by the Marvellous Machine Theatre Company in Oxford

Critics and fans list The Tiger’s Bride among The Company of Wolves continuously as a favourite of Angela Carter’s fairy tale retellings in The Bloody Chamber which was first published in 1979. My edition counts twenty pages of this interpretation of The Beauty and Beast myth: A young girl has been lost in a card … Continue reading Please respect the paywall: Angela Carter’s The Tiger’s Bride by the Marvellous Machine Theatre Company in Oxford

Looking back to the Vault Festival 2020: We need The Nobodies now!

When I was invited to watch The Nobodies at this year’s Vault Festival, I got excited – the invitation came from the creators of Testament who had reached out for a review before. Closer to the date the review invitation was reversed though; please come and see the play, I was still asked, but with … Continue reading Looking back to the Vault Festival 2020: We need The Nobodies now!

Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

Having scanned the theatre programs everywhere I travelled last year, I was glad to read that Hamburg’s Thalia Theater (my favourite and most missed Hamburg stage!) made Jette Steckel’s 2012 dress rehearsal of Georg Buechner’s Danton Tod available to watch online for 24 hours. This worked fabulously and the #ThaliaDigital program continues. As one of … Continue reading Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Empress Maria Theresia von Österreich incarnates patriarchal authority – played by a man in a massive crinoline this is no gentle Conchita Wurst, but a regent giving tactically birth to a serious regiment of arch dukes and duchesses to be married off to every royal circle possible. One of them is Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna. … Continue reading Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

Penelope is mainly known as the wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, a king and warrior who first spent ten years in the Trojan war and then another ten struggling to find his way home to Ithaca – monsters aimed to destroy him and gods tried to prevent his return home, aiming to keep … Continue reading Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

Standing ovations for Syndrome at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Back at the Actor’s Centre at the Tristan Bates Theatre I am invited to the opening night of Syndrome, a new play by Tina Jay and directing debut of Jack Brett Anderson. Admittedly I know little about the Gulf War of the early 1990s and always thought of all soldiers’ trauma as terribly tragic, unjust … Continue reading Standing ovations for Syndrome at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Immersive Theatre: We are a fair mob – Crooks 1926

Secretly I dream to be a location scout for pop-ups and all things show business – and love the transformation of the former King William IV pub in Elephant & Castle being transformed into the hosting grounds of Crooks 1926, a new immersive theatre experience based on the gangster scene in London’s East End of … Continue reading Immersive Theatre: We are a fair mob – Crooks 1926