If you’ve ever wondered whether the typical National Theatre audience is mainly comprised of liberal white Remain voters, wonder no more. The first few minutes of the press night for The Majority emphatically confirmed this to be the case. That tangential bombshell aside, The Majority is less clichéd than its National press night crowd. Rob Drummond’s new show is less a play and more a piece of storytelling with added participatory morality.
Based barely a mile from Grenfell Tower, scene of the devastating fire on 14 June, the award-winning charity SPID Theatre held a benefit event on 9 July including a performance of their latest show iAm 4.0. Specialised in immersive and participatory community theatre, with this show SPID have developed a thought-provoking hour in which the audience take a certain amount of control. Continue reading →
With searingly topical timing, summer 2017 sees the Lyric Hammersmith presenting the UK premiere of Terror, a tense courtroom drama by German lawyer and writer Ferdinand von Schirach which has become something of a worldwide hit. The premise is simple enough: a trial is undertaken on stage and the whole audience is the jury, voting after all the evidence has been presented.
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in South Kensington is one of my favourite places to visit in London. The museum is home to a huge variety of galleries full of gorgeous stuff, from furniture to fashion and sculptures to silverware. Since I enjoy going there anyway, I was excited to learn last year that the Theatre & Performance galleries were going to host a new exhibition in 2016, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards.
I’ve been aware of You Me Bum Bum Train since its first London incarnation in 2012, which was both wildly popular and totally impossible to get a ticket for. I somehow missed the news that the show was returning to London, but happened upon a tweet a couple of weeks ago saying the show was extending through November and was operating a ballot for tickets. Thinking ‘there’s no harm in trying’ but never for a minute imagining my name would be drawn (apparently 80,000 people tried to get tickets for the 2012 production), I entered my details and then pretty much forgot about it. That is until I received an email entitled ‘Congratulations’…