Two climbers descend into a sinkhole somewhere in Northern Central America. It is a treacherous blackness without easy escape, yet Hana (Ellie Isherwood), a PhD student, and Ethan (Simon Lyshon), a sure-footed and experienced guide, seem confident and fearless. We, the audience, immersed in darkness, make the slow descent with them as they grip tight to their ropes. "Don’t look down," Ethan shouts to Hana. The audience feels the tension. It is a 500-foot drop to the floor of the cave, and the … [Read more...]
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Well hello, Miss Meena in his red Indian scarf with a gold glitzy border and his distinct Birmingham accent. Miss Meena is a drag queen who has lost his sparkle. His night club was a safe space where drag queens used to be able to hang out, dress freely and more importantly were free to be themselves. The night club is at risk of being taken over and turned it into something not so nice and where business will be carried out in a ruthless manner. Miss Meena has always been truthful to … [Read more...]
Most people who have been brought up in some form of Christian society know certain stories from the bible. However, supposing those stories were not just wrong but in fact virtually the opposite of everything you thought you knew. If it was Adam that tempted Eve with the apple, or Samson tricking Delilah into cutting his hair, or Lot deliberately turning his wife around so she turned into a pillar of salt. Why these biblical musings you may wonder? Well last night, at the National Theatre, I … [Read more...]
Man doesn’t really sort out two Iraqi provinces in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein but gives it a really good go. This is a messy, violent, hopeless, frustrating but ultimately uplifting true story of how to negotiate the un-negotiable, how to compromise with those for whom compromise is absent from their DNA. That it ends in (relative) failure should not, this play tells us, be seen as a failure. Rory Stewart, before becoming an MP and Minister of the Crown, walked across … [Read more...]
Relax. Identity Crisis is nothing to do with the state of the nation in the aftermath of the referendum about you-know-what. The ‘pre-show’ sets the scene very well, with news headlines, mostly from redtop tabloid newspapers, reporting on the passing of 19-year-old Chimaka Nwabunie, a relative of this show’s writer and performer, Phina Oruche. Oruche was referred to as a ‘Hollyoaks star’, and that caught me by surprise. She talks about her time on that soap opera very candidly, before asking the … [Read more...]