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.
Gangsta Granny, Birmingham Stage Company’s production of David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book, has arrived in the West End. Suitable for kids aged 5 and over, the show is a perfect antidote to cries of ‘Grannies are boring!’.
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.
I’m not generally into sci-fi, but I do like to dip my toe into space now and then. My interest has been bolstered in recent months and years by things like the occasional series of Stargazing Live on BBC2 (no, I don’t fancy Professor Brian Cox) and the fact the UK currently has an actual real-life astronaut on the International Space Station in the form of the super-cool Tim Peake. This all meant that Alistair McDowall’s new play X, set on a research base on Pluto, was intriguing enough to me to make it worth a visit.
I wanted to get tickets for this show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August, but was too slow off the mark (it sold out). I’d also missed it during a run at the King’s Head last year, so I was happy to hear it was returning to the Islington venue. Whilst I was under no illusion this would be a ‘pleasant’ night at the theatre, I was sure it would be an experience…
I missed Mike Bartlett’s Bull when it was at the Young Vic early this year. It won the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at the 2015 Oliviers, so I was glad to see it make a return and took the opportunity to grab a ticket (and to satisfyingly cross off the one missing theatrical Olivier winner from my list, having seen all the West End winners during my stint on the theatre judging panel from March 2014-February 2015*).
Always keen to see a bit of new writing (and even keener to do so at a bargain price) I got myself online at 9am to bag a £10 Monday ticket to see Violence and Son at the Royal Court. The subject matter sounded interesting – a boy who’s lost his mum and consequently had to move to the Welsh Valleys to live with a father he doesn’t know. A father who, not without good reason, is nicknamed ‘Vile’, short for ‘Violence’…