Cecil Sharp is no unsung hero. Without the energy of this driven and at times prickly musician, the traditional folksong of rural England would very possibly have faced extinction in the early decades of the twentieth century. His collecting of thousands of songs was nothing less than a mercy mission into an aural culture made precarious by the grave new world of mechanisation, migration and war-deaths in industrial quantities. In telling of his song-hunting encounter with the Somerset … [Read more...]
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Looking at the programme for Into The Night, one would be forgiven for thinking that if it were not for this production, the 1981 Penlee lifeboat disaster would be forgotten. This seems rather presumptuous, given that the local community has done very well over the last forty years to make sure it is remembered. The local football club, Mousehole AFC, has named a new stand ‘The Solomon Browne Stand’, in honour of the lifeboat that attempted a rescue of the eight people on board a cargo ship, … [Read more...]
Give it a year or two, and this production might be just the tonic - set (largely) in 1922, its characters are partying in the aftermath of the First World War, and, more pertinently for our own times, the 1918 influenza pandemic. Jay Gatsby (Ross William Wild) is hosting some very lavish events on his estate, apparently attended by thousands of people. I say ‘apparently’ as in order to achieve the appearance of a huge gala in the smaller of two performance spaces at the Southwark Playhouse, CGI … [Read more...]
Mark Gatiss’ adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Adam Penfold, is indeed a ghost story as the title suggests. Mounted in the eerie majesty of the Alexandra Palace auditorium, the absence of a proscenium and the presence of projections, puppets and all sorts of flying spectres makes for an immersive and textured experience without the audience participation associated with ‘immersive’ theatre. This production is a faithful and traditional telling - without the curlicues … [Read more...]
Tamsin Greig is eminently engrossing, likeable and a first-rate comedienne. It is for this reason that Richard Wilson’s revival of the 1999 Hampstead Theatre original play Peggy For You is both an extremely pleasant diversion and a missed dramatic opportunity. It’s the late 1960s and we meet the legendary playwrights’ agent Margaret “Peggy” Ramsay (Tamsin Greig) in her script-strewn and production poster-festooned office (conveyed with painstaking care by designer James Cotterill) in her … [Read more...]