Monthly Archives: September 2016

The Emperor

HOME’s latest production The Emperor sees Kathryn Hunter return after the impressive Kafka’s Monkey.  Directed by Walter Meierjohann, and adapted by Colin Teevan from the original text by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński, this is a portrait of Ethiopian ‘King of Kings’ Haile Selassie put together from accounts of members of his court immediately after he was overthrown in 1974.  By… Continue Reading →

Wish List

Wish List, winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize and written by Katherine Soper, follows Tamsin, trapped between an employer that wants 100% efficient human robots, and a brother that needs her care, and whom the state is letting slip through the cracks.  Zero hours contracts are a reality for almost a million people, and a… Continue Reading →

Community Centre

The Community Centre is a new play by Nicola Gardner at the Engine House Theatre (Anthony Burgess Foundation). It’s a sitcom style script, accessible, and funny, packed full of humour and supportive relationships.  Setting the audience on two sides, performances are at either end of the space.  At one end, four older African-Carribean members of the… Continue Reading →


Tanja, by SBC Theatre, presented at the Lowry Studio, is a highly political piece looking at Yarl’s Wood, a detention centre for 400 female asylum seekers.  The privately run centre has never been far from controversy, both with regards to how it is run, and how it reflects current immigration policy.  Based on verbatim accounts,… Continue Reading →

Take on Me

note: these performances are currently only in Surrey. Take on Me is a new production from Dante Or Die, whose recent Handle with Care impressed me so much.  Commissioned by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings under ‘not for the likes of me’, this piece of theatre has been designed to explicitly ‘reach people who don’t normally… Continue Reading →