News: Pubs and theatre. An age-old pairing.
This exciting project will no doubt resonate with anyone that has ever stepped into a pub, so this February, grab your pint of Drunken Nights and witness something completely original and unique.
News: The 28 Day Project launches wonderful opportunities
The 28 Day Project is an exciting initiative offering emerging talent a step into the film business.
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Thousands turned away at open auditions after standing in the rain for hours.
News: TheatreCraft returns to help young people’s backstage careers
The 8th annual event returns to the Royal Opera House later this month.
BLOG: Theatre: the best casino shows around the world
Casinos around the world offer some of the best theatrical entertainment you can find.
BLOG: 5 Best Actors in Superhero Cinema
Is “superhero” acting any less challenging?
Blog: Films to study for inspiration
Watching great actors can often inform your own work.
Blog: Shakespeare experimenting with the limits of contemporary drama
Briony Rawle heads to Yorkshire and takes a closer look at Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Review: Bat Boy, Southwark Playhouse ✭✭✭
A campy fun musical with bite screams Douglas Mayo.
Review: Visitors, Arcola Theatre ✭✭✭✭
Barney Norris first full-length play is an exquisitely written examination of love and loss, writes Alex Delaney.
Review: 1984, Almeida Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭
This fresh vision of 1984 feels like a rediscovery of Orwell’s dystopia, writes Sophia Longhi.
Review: Secret Theatre – Show 4, Lyric Hammersmith ✭✭✭✭
This review comes with a capitalised, emboldened and even italicised, SPOILER ALERT. That should do, writes Briony Rawle.
Review: Gibraltar, Arcola ✭✭
Edward Theakston is unmoved by Gibraltar, despite a meticulously researched script and compelling subject matter.
Based on the controversial SAS shootings of an IRA cell in Gibraltar in 1988, Alastair Brett and Sian Evans’ new play attempts to take a fresh look at what happened, but fails to stimulate interest in a flaccid staging by director James Robert Carson.
Greer Dale-Foulkes plays Amelia, an inexperienced but determined television reporter, and George Irving plays cynical hack Nick. By following their different approaches – headline grabbing versus investigative journalism – the play attempts to ‘find the facts’.
The facts are as follows: the ‘Gibraltar Three’ were members of an IRA cell plotting to detonate a car-bomb near the governor’s residence at the changing of the guard just months after the Enniskillen atrocity.
Karina Fernandez gives a strong, humorous performance as eyewitness Rosa
The lack of emotional engagement one can have with this piece is crippling. Unfortunately, neither Dale-Foulkes nor Irving have characters that the audience can identify with, and the faltering performances do nothing to help. Karina Fernandez gives a strong, humorous performance as eyewitness Rosa, though she can do little to bring colour to a flat script.
Although thoroughly researched, this shifts uncomfortably between verbatim drama and fiction. The writing is declamatory, at times unclear, and the limited dialogue is stilted. There is clear potential in the subject matter, but Carson’s lifeless production will doubtless leave you feeling the whole thing was an exercise in futility.
** (2 stars)
Runs until April 20