Through this difficult period artists of the theatre continue to find innovative ways to relay their work to the public, undeterred by dark auditoriums. No less a luminary than Alan Ayckbourn now brings us a new piece, Anno Domino via the internet in conjunction with his beloved Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.
It was in February 2019 that I first reviewed Jack Lear, at the Hull Truck Theatre, and I remember really enjoying the experience.
But would I feel the same bon homie towards it when watching it on YouTube more than a year later?
Slung Low are a theatre company who never do what is expected of them so at the moment they are acting as ward lead organisation during the COVID-19 Crisis for the people of Holbeck in Leeds where they are based.
I first reviewed Paragon Dreams at the Hull Truck Theatre, in the Spring of 2019, and was very impressed with Hester Ullyart, who is not only the writer, but the play’s only performer.
Walking into the Heron theatre of Hull Truck on Tuesday evening, I was gobsmacked by the amazing stage setting for that night’s production of Two.
Usually surrounded by seating on three sides, the stage had been transformed into a round.
A Monster Calls is adapted from the award-winning teen novel by Patrick Ness which was originally inspired from an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Originally made into a film and now a stage show, A Monster Calls is a modern day fairytale and tells the poignant story of the 13-year-old Connor. Connor is bullied at school and is struggling with the effects of living with his terminally ill mother as life obliviously carries on around him.
Discussing the tension hinted at within the ambiguous title, A Little Space is a physical theatre performance which addresses both the comfort found at home in one’s own space and the terrifying sense of isolation so often encountered in modern high-rise housing.
Lisa is not happy. In fact, Lisa is criminally unhappy.
Following a series of patriarchal and discriminatory events, Lisa finds herself unable to “take a joke” any longer and reacts with uncharacteristic violence. Set in a near-future society in which the Feminist “pendulum has swung too far”, being banished to Smile Club is the result of Lisa’s misdemeanour, and the subsequent attempts to ‘rehabilitate’ her.
As the excitement mounted in a packed Hull New Theatre on Wednesday night, for the musical, Mamma Mia!, a voice boomed out from backstage with a dire warning for those of us with a “nervous disposition”.
We live in really uncertain times so it is fitting that Rufus Norris has delivered a suitably dark version of this classic musical confronting head on the politics of hate that swirl round Berlin's decadent Kit Kat Club.
OMG! What I witnessed on Wednesday night at the Hull New Theatre has almost left me speechless.
How does one describe perfection?
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