Oppenheimer (The Swan, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) – review by Carole Woddis. Three years ago, Nicholas Kent staged a monumental event around the subject of The Bomb – a series of plays, discussions, debates and film screenings about the creation, proliferation, limitation and present day dangers of the discovery of nuclear fission.
Oh What a Lovely War – the musical (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, then touring) – review by Carole Woddis. Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War has turned into one of those shows that goes beyond iconic.
Young feisty woman turns up in flat she thinks she’s rented only to find herself pre-empted and sharing it with unknown stranger, a rather gormless nerdy character heavily into collecting everything from plastic dinosaurs to American baseball cards.
Bad Jews is hardly the best advertisement for members of the faith but my goodness it lays out arguments for and against Judaism and its religious rituals, non belief and marrying out with extraordinary even-handedness.
Revenge tragedy it ain’t. But The Changeling bears all the hallmarks of the genre: blood, gore, lust, a ghost or two, sexual blackmail with morality finally emerging in an act of reconciliation.
There’s no disguising the imminence of the next General Election. In the theatre, no less than in tv and radio, we’re going to be awash in it.
Sometimes the best of intentions can turn to ashes in the mouth. Jack Thorne’s Hope doesn’t go quite that far but his much anticipated blast against the current relentless drive for public sector cuts, though welcome and well intentioned, is a disappointment.
Christmas 2011. In the City. An office party is under way. The lewd, the gross and the ugly all on view, tipsy staff, humiliating games. Haven’t we seen this before a few times?
Take a spot of Rattigan (middle class English repression), add a spoonful of Coward (secret lives) and Priestley (outsider who overturns the apple cart) then a decisive twist of Welsh bohemian a la Dylan Thomas and what do you have? A rediscovered 1950s domestic drama that rings all sorts of contemporary bells, Emlyn Williams’s […]
Wildfire gives us a contemporary run-down of a police force, the Met, where the pressures of having to respond to an increasingly violent society corrode even the most idealistic of recruits.
The Frida Kahlo of Penge West is a two-woman show about an egocentric actor’s determination to put on a one-woman show about the famous surrealist Mexican artist.
Kathy Clugston is one of Radio 4’s most familiar voices. Any morning of the week, you’ll hear her in her light Caledonian accent introducing the news, the shipping forecast and much else besides.
One of the great classic Broadway musicals, those brazen chords by Jule Styne (music) as the orchestra limber up in the Overture let you know immediately you’re right in the heart of razzmatazz Broadway showbiz, where the lights shine brighter, the feathers are bigger and everything sings of a world of glitz and dreams.