There’s a darkness on the edge of town. A place of misrule and disruptive magic that in Shakespeare’s day incited dark fears and dreams of wild abandon. The Everyman production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, seen on the penultimate night of its successful run, helped me appreciate for the first time the darker side of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Everyman: darkness on the edge of town
To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. ― Elie Wiesel, Night Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere. ― Elie Wiesel, Night Two very different representations of the Holocaust seen in the last 48 hours are the subject of this post. The first is the stage adaptation by Children’s Touring … Continue reading Representations of the Holocaust: stage, screen and text
A revival of David Hare’s 1993 play, The Absence of War, seemed an enticing prospect. A drama portraying the Labour Party as lost in ideological confusion, drained of vitality, and unable to mobilise public support or present a vision or values in any compelling way promised to be highly relevant in present circumstances. But at the Liverpool Playhouse the other night I … Continue reading The Absence of War: parliamentary socialism, anybody?
How to explain the phenomenon of Breaking Bad? I pondered this as we waited for One Man Breaking Bad to begin last night in a sold-out, packed Liverpool Philharmonic. The fact that Miles Allen, a Los Angeles-based actor and comedian could fill the place with his 80-minute précis of five seasons of a series never shown on UK television is quite something. Asking … Continue reading One Man Breaking Bad
I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise? On Saturday afternoon we were at the Everyman to see the Filter Theatre production of Macbeth that was passing through, on tour. Filter have gained a reputation for innovative and exciting theatre since 2003, and this was certainly no routine presentation of what is … Continue reading Filtered Macbeth at the Everyman
Rhodri Meillir as Spike in Bright Pheonix ‘Why is it only ever one shoe?’ At the end of the week in which the new Everyman building won the Stirling Prize for new architecture my daughter treated me to a meal at The Quarter and a ticket to see Jeff Young’s ‘love letter to Liverpool’, Bright Pheonix … Continue reading Bright Phoenix: celebrating the city’s wild, anarchic spirit
Antony Sher as Falstaff Youth and age, the passing of time, are among the themes in explored by Shakespeare in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and watching Gregory Doran’s production for the RSC at the Lowry last week the decades slid away and I was a youth again, turning the pages of the play we studied … Continue reading Henry IV in two parts on Salford Quays