Mark Ludmon reviews Mart Crowley’s play For Reasons That Remain Unclear now playing at the King’s Head Theatre. For Reasons That Remain Unclear King’s Head Theatre Three stars Book Now All is not as it initially seems in Mart Crowley’s play For Reasons That Remain Unclear which is having its European premiere at the King’s Head. A handsome, stylish young man, Patrick, brings an attractive older man, Conrad, back to his luxurious hotel room in the heart of Rome. There is sexual tension in the air, fuelled by subtle flirtation, but their reasons for being there together are clearly more than just a casual pick-up – signalled most portentously by Conrad being a Roman Catholic priest in his full cassock and collar. Over the space of an hour and a half within the claustrophobic confines of Patrick’s hotel room, the two learn about each other and a past that connects … Read more
Delorean, a new play by Jon Ivay tells the incredible true story of the man behind the iconic car from the Back To The Future films will play at the Assembly Ballroom as part of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. DeLorean tells the back story of the car made famous by the films, when one man’s dream of an ethical sports car turned into one of the most controversial and embarrassing moments in British government funding history. In the summer of 1978, John DeLorean received an astonishing £54 million from the British government to build a car manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland. Four years later and a further £30 million, it was all gone. The dream lay in ruins, with John DeLorean arrested for cocaine trafficking on a staggering scale. This play tells the story of what happened. Cory Peterson will play John DeLorean, alongside a cast of Mark Barrett, Charles … Read more
Peter Quilter’s new dark comedy Saving Jason opens at the Park Theatre this week. The play will run from 2 November to 3 December 2016. This new play from the two-time Olivier Award-nominated writer of the West End/Broadway hits Over The Rainbow and Glorious! will be directed by Steven Dexter. Saving Jason is set in a 1996 suburban household, where Trevor and Linda continue to struggle with their rebellious teenage son, Jason. In a moment of madness, they hatch a plan to change his lifestyle of midnight raves, suspicious friends and Ecstasy tablets. By staging a fake funeral for Jason in the family living room, Trevor and Linda hope their bleak vision of their son’s future will change his hedonistic ways. As the wider family joins in the charade, the evening descends into a whirlwind of drink, pills and muffins in a bid to save Jason’s soul. The cast of … Read more
Whistleblower is often a flawed production, but gives an educational and exciting look at the life of one of the 21st century’s most controversial figures. The biggest compliment I can give it is that it had me thinking, debating and researching for hours afterwards; and isn’t that what theatre is all about?