Alone in Berlin: swansong of a hesitant ally

Charlotte Emmerson (Therese Raquin, The Duchess of Malfi), Denis Conway (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Brooklyn) and Joseph Marcell (King Lear, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) lead a small ensemble cast directed by James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Northampton, in the world premiere production of Alone in Berlin, Hans Fallada’s acclaimed novel translated and adapted for the stage by Alistair Beaton; a York Theatre Royal and Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production, in association with Oxford Playhouse. Continue reading

Crongton Knights: bold young hope

Known for their bold work celebrating diversity and examining contemporary issues, Pilot Theatre presents the world stage premiere of Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights, Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016. Continue reading

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?: From American Dream to Greek Tragedy

York-based Pick Me Up Theatre present the northern UK premiere of Edward Albee’s sensational black comedy, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (or, Notes Towards a Definition of Tragedy). Once again transforming the black box John Cooper Studio into a completely fitting world, Robert Readman’s production design transports you smoothly to a liminal space; the perfect living room of a high-flying American family, in the moments before protagonist husband and father Martin drops a bombshell on it all. Continue reading

Overheard: nuance in the melee

You’re in a cafe; a restaurant; a bar. You start catching snatches of conversation from nearby. Hopes, dreams, private politics, and secret desires of characters from across the Chinese diaspora. A tenuous facade between a restaurant owner and customer, obnoxious un-PC mutterings from the table behind you, an anxious hand-wrangling conversation about something monumentally important. Continue reading

Ten Times Table: a fête worse than death

Directed by Robin Herford, Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of the Classic Comedy theatre company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind other sister compaies: the Agatha Christie, the Classic Thriller, and the Classic Screen to Stage theatre companies – which between them have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success across the UK. Somehow, this relic script has long outlived its bedtime and appears to be reaping similar attention. Continue reading

First Time: Staying positive in a negative world

As part of the Visionari Studio Discoveries programme at York Theatre Royal, award-winning theatre-maker and HIV activist Nathaniel J. Hall presents his autobiographical one-man show First Time. Continue reading

Once the Musical: diasporic love raises its hopeful voice

Based on the cult 2006 Irish indie feature, Once tells the uplifting, yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (dayjobbing in his dad’s hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a fellow musician. Spanning their fleeting chance connection across five short days, the story sees big changes happen to both of them in little ways. Continue reading