There is often a good reason why a particular play hasn’t been put on very often – put simply, it’s not very good, or otherwise, it is good, but not as good as the plays that are more popular. If you were to take a look at the script for The Daughter-in-Law (it’s on Project Gutenberg online if you don’t fancy purchasing a copy), it’s immediately noticeable that much … [Read more...]
Arcola Theatre Off West End London E8 3DL
Arcola presents major artists alongside cutting-edge work from some of the most exciting emerging companies.
Arcola has been a launch pad for artists including Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Alecky Blythe (who had their first plays produced here), Lyndsey Turner, Lucy Kirkwood and Joe Sims.
World-renowned playwrights including Bonnie Greer, Frank McGuinness and Sam Shepard have premiered work at Arcola.
Arcola’s programme is locally engaged and internationally minded. They 'believe that diversity makes for better art, and for a more flourishing arts scene.'
Every year through ArcolaLAB, the Arcola 'provide 26 weeks of free rehearsal space to emerging theatre-makers and artists of colour'.
Two-thirds of the productions in the Arcola's last season 'were led by women as writers, directors and producers, and one-third of our productions are led by diverse artists.'
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston,
London, E8 3DL
The Arcola Theatre is just 2 minutes’ walk from both Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations, on the London Overground.
Joining the Arcola’s exciting and empowering production of Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Patrice Naiambana (Barbershop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic), Jumoké Fashola (Inspirit, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast Show; Dirty Little Secrets, London Festival of Cabaret), Christina Oshunniyi (Ife, Queen Elizabeth … [Read more...]
Defibrillator’s never-seen-before-onstage adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s 2005 radio play Not Talking is a storming success. Simply designed, small cast, smart direction: Not Talking barely puts a foot wrong. The story of Bartlett’s lesser known, early radio play examines the mysterious circumstances of the much-publicised deaths at Deepcut army barracks. The army … [Read more...]
Part way through Moormaid, a brief play, albeit one with an interval, I began to associate the religious prayers of the Islamic faith with extremism. Almost immediately, I took umbrage with myself for making such a connection so automatically: the two are not, of course, mutually exclusive. As the play continued to unfold, it became clear my initial instinct was … [Read more...]
LondonTheatre1 were invited to watch a rehearsal of Defibrillator Theatre Company’s new adaptation of Not Talking, written by Mike Bartlett (Albion, Doctor Foster, King Charles III). Afterwards we had a quick chat with the team behind the process. Not Talking was originally written in 2005 and performed as a radio play on BBC Radio 3, but the themes of … [Read more...]
This would be the stuff of the Horrible Histories book series, if only it were not so exorbitantly fanciful. There are moments in Napoleon Disrobed in which I had little, if any, idea as to what exactly was going on - this deliberately chaotic and riotous production is filled with what the Trump Administration’s Kellyanne Conway would call ‘alternative facts’. Her … [Read more...]
Renowned German actress Sarah Alles has been cast in Marion Bott’s Moormaid – an explosive new play about two lost individuals’ search for freedom. Moormaid will mark both Alles and Bott’s UK debuts. Set in Berlin, Moormaid is a thrilling chamber-play about self-destruction and rebirth that attempts to understand the fear currently gripping the European psyche, and … [Read more...]
The dystopia came across as more vivid and more prevalent than the utopia in Utopia / Dystopia, a collection of thirteen plays (all of them mercifully short) presented by Brave New Word and hosted by Rory O’Keeffe (yep, double f - his website has this whole spiel about the Irish heritage of O’Keefe / O’Keeffe). O’Keeffe was easy to warm to, particularly in a variation … [Read more...]
Great Apes is a new play by Patrick Marmion directed by RSC and Donmar actor Oscar Pearce (Wolf Hall, Real Thing), based on the novel by Will Self. It is a raucous, surreal modern satire that mixes Self’s famously rich language with subtle simian movement and vocalisations to create a theatrical ‘Planet of the Apes’ crossed with ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. With set and … [Read more...]
Heretic Voices is the culmination of a national competition to find the best new writing in monologue form. From the 1,136 submitted scripts, these three exceptional plays were selected by Michael Billington, Lolita Chakrabarti, Monica Dolan and Mel Kenyon. All three are written by women and all three are powerful, emotional, rage-filled works that rail against … [Read more...]
It’s a little like watching one of those chat shows where a guest is asked one question as a starting point. The gregarious personality of the interviewee means the conversation flows very freely, with further interventions and questions from the host kept to a minimum. Except in Hanna, the sole onstage title character, played by Sophie Khan Levy, has no interviewer, … [Read more...]
Lynette Linton’s most recent conception #Hashtag Lightie, returning to the Arcola Theatre after a sell-out run earlier this year is a simultaneously far-reaching and concentrated delight, that excels on all fronts. It chronicles the journey of a young mixed race girl, Ella, and her Social Media affection/affliction, as she confusedly attempts to forge her identity … [Read more...]