Quick Catch-up

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Theatre

I’ve fallen a bit behind in the last week and am now going to get some Winter sunshine, so here’s a quick catch-up on shows I’ve seen.

cleansed_picture__gallery_imageCleansed** (National Theatre, Dorfman)

Writer: Sarah Kane; Director: Katie Mitchell

Groundbreaking in its day (1998) and still shocking, the late Sarah Kane’s plotless play is a stark, vivid, harrowing, relentless and surreal montage of victims and abusers. Staged impressively and acted with total commitment by a cast of seven, the production presents many challenges to an audience and, sadly, I was not up to meeting them.

Performance date: 22 February 2016

 

 

Claire-Martin-Joe-Stilgoe-by-Kenny-McCracken-Wesleyan_1922-1Just the Two of Us**** (St James Theatre)

Performers: Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe

Mellow jazz for a Sunday evening. Just perfect!

Performance date: 21 February 2016

 

 

 

the encounterThe Encounter**** (Barbican Theatre)

Director/Performer: Simon McBurney

Endlessly inventive, but overlong telling of an engrossing story of jungle survival.

Performance date: 21 February 2016

 

Pianist-of-Willesden-Lane.8788The Pianist of Willesden Lane**** (St James Theatre)

Adaptor/Director Hershey Felder

Performer: Mona Golabek

Beautiful piano music soothes the pain of a true story of wartime tragedy.

Performance date: 13 February 2016

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