Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini 2003 novel uses first-person narration through the eyes of Amir (David Ahmad) amidst the backdrop of late twentieth-century Afghanistan to focus on the everyday relationships that occur: of father and son, childhood friends, and later on man and wife. Like the kite in the title, the drama sort of floats in the air, bringing together theatrical elements to tell the rarely sturdy and often harrowing events of Amir’s life and those who are closest to … [Read more...]
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Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson at the Olivier Theatre
After the recent Windrush Generation government scandal, this National Theatre production of Small Island couldn’t have come at a better time. Based on Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel and adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, it tells the stories of two families, one white and one black leading up to the arrival of immigrant workers from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Read the full review...
Like his masterpiece The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan’s final play Cause Célèbre was inspired by a notorious trial, in this case that dealing with the alleged murder of an architect, Francis Rattenbury, by his wife Alma, thirty years his junior, and her lover George Stoner who was, in turn, twenty years younger than her. Originally a 1975 radio play featuring Diana Dors, the play’s non-linear format and multiple settings were carried over to the stage adaptation, first seen in 1977 and … [Read more...]
As most people know, Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. What is not well known is that Jane actually wrote more than six novels. In fact, she wrote over 900, and Austentatious, which has recently taken up residence at the Fortune Theatre, are doing their best to bring each of these forgotten treasures back to life. Okay, Jane did 'only' write 6 novels … [Read more...]
Red Peter (directed by Chris Yun-Ward) is the stage adaptation of the 1917 novel “A Report to an Academy” by Franz Kafka. If you are familiar with some of the Bohemian novelist’s work, you will know that a certain level of absurdity and weirdness is always present, and this story is not different. Red Peter is the name given to an ape that decided to become a human to escape life in a cage in a zoo and is now invited by an academy to give a speech on his transformation. Red Peter (played by … [Read more...]
Social media can be a great force for good. It enables people to keep in touch easily, even if separated by thousands of miles. One of my favourite things to do is to join the Sunday morning Tweetalong where hundreds of us join together to discuss the latest goings-on in Ambridge (Emmerdale). However, there is a problem with social media which is often overlooked. It's permanence. Whatever you post is pretty much out there forever. Even deleting a post is not guaranteed to get rid of it, or … [Read more...]