I really enjoyed myself and saw more than a few children kneeling up on their seats totally engrossed so I think the creative team and cast can rest easy knowing they more than cracked it.
Author Archive | Helena Payne
The joy and zest with which the strong cast of Barber Shop Chronicles perform is infectious and Bijan Sheibani’s direction ensures that the text which, at times seems a tad adolescent, always feels punchy and exhilarating.
For anyone feeling exhausted and frustrated with the political status quo and the depressing direction of international politics as a whole, I urge you to go to The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui.
It’s a harrowing evening, made all the more depressing by the knowledge that Cumpton’s poetic script is a narrative woven from true events.
This is a bloody flashy production, it feels Simon Godwin has thrown everything he can find at it including the kitchen sink, or in this case, hot tub and spa.
I think Shakespeare would certainly have approved and I couldn’t help agreeing that – as a student of mine (who also happened to be there) gushed – “it was brilliant.”
In a world where all our whims and activities are trackable on social media, the need to disappear has never been stronger. Missing people is an increasingly topical issue, and this piece does well to highlight that.
This HMS Pinafore asks us to reflect on a society that has changed considerably, but must keep evolving and continuing to examine itself. Gilbert’s jeering satire of a Victorian society obsessed with class and hierarchy doesn’t seem a million miles away from the problems young people still face in modern Britain.