Macbeth

The Lowry is packed with school groups for the National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth. I first saw Macbeth at Reading Hexagon when I was doing my O levels, a sparse production where the highlight was the evocation of Banquo’s lineage through mirrors, and I wondered what my fifteen year old self would think of… Continue Reading →

War with the Newts

You could probably watch the eighty minutes of War with the Newts (which I saw in the Royal Exchange studio) and enjoy it for the well told story, the immersive style staging, the technical aspects and the attention to detail. Not to mention some very impressive acting and the well paced writing. Because it is… Continue Reading →

Queen Margaret

The history of our world often consigns the role of women to mere supporting cast. Think of Camille Claudel who probably sculpted many of Rodin’s most important works. So it is with Queen Margaret, pushed into the background of four of Shakespeare’s plays and yet a dominant force of both the politics and the battles… Continue Reading →

OthelloMacbeth

What happens when you cut Shakespeare to an hour and twenty minutes? Twice? And try to link two plays together? This is what OthelloMacbeth at HOME does. The design dominates Othello, stainless steel panels on the rear wall coming far forward so that the action is pushed right to the front of the stage. This… Continue Reading →

The Roundabout

What must it be like to see theatre for the very first time in the Roundabout? Pitched in the middle of a park, it’s a bit like a small big top except that’s it’s yellow and hemispherical. You enter down a dark entrance to the side of the stage and there is anticipation, then you’re… Continue Reading →