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all of it by Alistair McDowall at Royal Court Theatre

After the century-skimming scale of his last major production at the Court – 2022’s The Glow – Alistair McDowall has made a welcome return with all of it, a piece first performed in 2020, a month before the first lockdown and the transmogrification of everything, not least theatre.

Kate O’Flynn - photo credit Manuel Harlan.
Kate O’Flynn – photo credit Manuel Harlan.

Three years later, all of It is back, giving those who missed out before another chance to see Kate O’Flynn deliver what will surely be recognised as one of the standout performances of the decade.

For this new production of all of it, O’Flynn is again the sole performer but the evening now comprises three pieces – three poems, all of which are characterised by McDowall’s stunningly vivid and muscular verse.

In Northleigh 1940, the first and shortest piece, a woman finds solace in an air raid shelter. The second, In Stereo, is a mind-bending mash-up of Julie Myerson’s domestic chronicle Home and Charlotte Gilman’s feminist satire ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. Both are superb and worthy to be seen alongside all of it, a 45-minute dramatic monologue in which O’Flynn powers through a life, from birth to death, in a performance that is part epic recital, part stand-up routine.

Unmissable.

5 Star Rating

Review by Louis Mazzini

“I suppose I never questioned why I was only one piece before”
A woman trapped at home during an air raid.
A mother who starts to see double.
A whole life in one breath.

Three short plays by Alistair McDowall introduce us to three women whose ordinary lives mask extraordinary internal worlds.

This trilogy includes the brand new plays Northleigh, 1940  and In Stereo  alongside all of it, previously performed in 2020.

Written for and performed by Kate O’Flynn, this brand new production will run at the Royal Court and the Avignon Festival.

Tue 06 Jun – Sat 17 Jun 2023
https://royalcourttheatre.com/

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