Thoughts on Hadestown by Pamela Vera

Hadestown opened with a strikingly diverse ensemble cast, of all ages, skin tones and body types suited and booted to retell the Greek myth of Orpheus journeying down to Hades’ underworld to bring back spring and his love Eurydice. The play began in song, and finished in song, a sort of folk-opera that showed the vocal range, physical and dance prowess of the entire cast. … Continue reading Thoughts on Hadestown by Pamela Vera

The Only Musical I Ever Loved – Gus Mitchell

I don’t like musicals. Until Hadestown. I’m tremendously grateful that Anais Mitchell’s musical gave me the chance to finally examine why I hold this prejudice. I’m still working it out, but I think I understand a little more about what a good, or even a great musical might be for me. The music of Hadestown comes from a singer-songwriter steeped in the American folk tradition … Continue reading The Only Musical I Ever Loved – Gus Mitchell

An Adventure Review By Sanmeet Kaur

“Just a poor black man killing other poor black men on behalf of rich white men whose power games brought us to the edges of hell.” Powerfully delivered by Mau Mau rebel soldier, David (Martins Imhangbe), this line perhaps best sums up the gravity of Vinay Patel’s epic three-hour play. It lays out how An Adventure brings both the ordinary and extraordinary to the audience, … Continue reading An Adventure Review By Sanmeet Kaur

An Adventure: A Critical Essay by Pamela Vera

Vinay Patel’s An Adventure chronicles the love story of Jyoti and Rasik through the decades,across continents, cultures and notably the Partition of India and fall of the British Empire. Patel’s omission of a British perspective from the play is powerful, ensuring that play is effective in giving a raw and uncensored view of the financial, psychological and emotional impacts of British colonisation and imperialism. An … Continue reading An Adventure: A Critical Essay by Pamela Vera

An Adventure of a lifetime

An Adventure at the Bush Theatre by Bellaray Bertrand-Webb ‘What is home?’ Is a question asked by Raski towards the end of An Adventure, a question which epitomises the main theme of the play. An Adventure is a quest to find home, identity and place, shown in the, romantic, geographical and professional relationships of our two protagonists. Across 3 time spans: 1954, 1978 and 2018, … Continue reading An Adventure of a lifetime