YesYesNoNo’s 5 Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist is about, 5 encounters on a... yes. And this is very much the tone of the show - unusual, quirky, but kind of what you might expect. Sam Ward is the sole performer in this part comedy, part real-life storytelling, part just-a-good-time play about meeting men for sex, via Craigslist. He tells each of these encounters by using one member of the audience per story, who take on the role of that particular man. There is no pretence of … [Read more...]
Camden People's Theatre London, NW1 2PY | Reviews
CPT has been making theatre in Camden for 23 years – over which time it has worked with a range of extraordinary artists. Many have gone on to establish highly successful and influential theatre careers in the UK and beyond.
From our review of The Sea: "a very thoughtful and well-performed play."
Camden People's Theatre
58-60 Hampstead Road
London, NW1 2PY
Benefit cuts are hitting disabled people the hardest. Half of people in poverty are disabled or live with a disabled person. The future looks grim, so how can we get people to sit up, listen and care and not keel over with empathy-fatigue? Award-winning poet and theatre-maker Jackie Hagan’s way has been to make a new solo show that features the real voices of proper skint disabled people she knows. Jackie has conducted interviews with people from all over the country living on the fringes and … [Read more...]
Sometimes I get asked to review a production that turns out to be very difficult to write about. It could be that it is a one-off or something that can only be experienced or even something that simply defies description. Together which I caught at the Camden People’s Theatre is pretty much all three of the above. Together is a sort of combination of immersive theatre and a free for all. It starts from the moment you receive your show notes and are given a website to open in order to … [Read more...]
The Sea is steadily paced to the end, something of a paradox in a show that explores what it is like to start out ‘in the sticks’ and then move to London later on. The (not very) imaginatively named A and B (Sarah Dean and Rebecca Hendri) share awkward but nonetheless highly plausible situations and conversations, initially meeting at a London running club. One runs (pun acknowledged but unintended) late because that’s what happens in the frenetic pace of living in the capital - at another … [Read more...]
First things first: if you dread audience participation, Incoming/Exodus is not for you. That said, it is possible to interact as much or as little as one wishes, though it is difficult to be completely passive in an environment and atmosphere that lends itself well to the open exchange of opinions. Before the play starts, members of the audience are allocated a district, which sounds like something out of The Hunger Games, but there we have it. One either belongs to North, South, East or West … [Read more...]
The veteran Irish theatre performer Colm Wilkinson has many anecdotes from an illustrious career, one of which involved a discussion he had with someone about the setlist for one of his solo shows. He wanted to include an Irish drinking song, to which his acquaintance replied, with a puzzled look, “What other kinds of Irish songs are there?” Here, in Drunken Lullabies, Cathal J. Ferris (as himself) goes through almost every conceivable emotion possible, from the euphoria of securing his first … [Read more...]
A challenging and disturbing piece of writing by Stephanie Martin. A woman’s unique sexuality is shown through the lens of male values, de-evolving during the slow, and charting the inexorable slide of her life into chaos. A woman is imprisoned, judged by a Kafkaesque star chamber, unseen accusers challenging in flat monotones. A woman has her persona fractured and splintered, her thoughts spoken by three actors; Elissa Churchill, Charlotte Clitheroe and Martin herself. Three women, at times … [Read more...]