Absolute Hell – National Theatre (Ben’s Review)

Words by Ben Ayaydin There is a buzz of excitement and anticipation as the audience settles into their seats. Suddenly, from the side isles the cast ascend to the stage, around 20 of them in their authentic 1940s clothing. A note from a harmonica is played, then the cast burst harmoniously into La Vie En Rose. Curtain up, revealing the interior of the ‘La Vie … Continue reading Absolute Hell – National Theatre (Ben’s Review)

Amadeus – National Theatre (Ben’s Review)

Words by Ben Ayaydin When I think of Mozart I think of formality; an authoritative figure who took the 18th Century classical music scene by storm. It was with this view in mind, that I went into the National Theatre’s revival of Amadeus. My mind was quickly turned. Instead, what I saw was a man who was simply living out the childhood he didn’t have, catching … Continue reading Amadeus – National Theatre (Ben’s Review)

The Twilight Zone – Almeida Theatre (Ben’s Review)

Words by Ben Ayaydin The Twilight Zone has an interesting premise. The play consists of a combination of different episodes from the hit TV show of the same name. I decided to go into this play blind, which probably wasn’t the best idea since I haven’t seen the TV show and therefore I wasn’t aware that the play was made up of different episodes from … Continue reading The Twilight Zone – Almeida Theatre (Ben’s Review)

Bracing snapshot of the Deep South & a salute to traditional theatrical making

The Brothers Size | The Young Vic | ***** Words by Danyal Ahmed Khalik Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, staged originally 11 years ago returned to the Young Vic with an even more striking and imposing run. Like Moonlight, this play is a coming-of-age production, this being the story of two black brother’s struggle for social progression in the Deep South. And given … Continue reading Bracing snapshot of the Deep South & a salute to traditional theatrical making

Albion (Ahmed’s Review)

Albion | Almedia Theatre | ***** Words by Danyal Ahmed Khalik Almedia’s recent play, Albion, is fantastic drop of poetic that smoothly works on a variety of diverse levels in terms of its exquisite nuances, allowing it to interrogate ideas relating to nationalism, nostalgia and domestic dysfunction. At its core, the play is situated inside the English countryside- a metaphor for Brexit one may speculate. It … Continue reading Albion (Ahmed’s Review)

Albion – Almeida Theatre (George’s Review)

  Words by George Clark Keep off the grass – Albion shows that keeping the world out does not make for a happy society. The Mike Bartlett/ Rupert Goold production partnership is no stranger to finding controversy through social commentary; with ‘King Charles III’ raising questions regarding the nature of the British monarchy as well as the hierarchical system as a whole. And if that … Continue reading Albion – Almeida Theatre (George’s Review)