Flashbang post-show video and photos: Celebrating life in the wake of shock and tragedy
The death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced just before my arrival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Like the rest of the country, the theatre staff had been braced for the sad news. So the world premiere of Proforca's Flashbang was preceded by a public address and collective silence.
The End of the Night post-show video and photos: How should theatre tackle difficult historical subjects?
Set in the final days of World War II, new play The End of the Night centres around the true but little-known secret meeting between Norbert Masur, a Swedish Jew and volunteer member of the World Jewish Congress, and Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, the mass-murdering architect of Hitler's final solution.
Jo & Sam Find Themselves in Woking post-show video and photos: Searching for millennial meaning in relationships
Meeting the right person and starting a new relationship is hard enough, but when you also have to do it in rhyming couplets while searching for the meaning of your life... in Woking - well, it's that much more challenging.
Bacon post-show video and photos: Balancing on the see-saw of power in a toxic relationship
The spark of an idea for award-winning new two-hander Bacon, now in its extended world premiere season at London's Finborough Theatre, came when playwright Sophie Swithinbank, then working as a nanny, witnessed a bullying incident between two boys in a park.
Wildcard’s Tempest post-show video and photos: Shakespeare like you’ve never experienced it before
Wildcard Theatre promises "Shakespeare like you have never experienced it before", and they deliver in spades with this new gig-style reinvention of The Tempest in the perfect setting of the Pleasance's cabaret-configured main house.
Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon post-show video and photos: What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Rosie Day's wonderful rollercoaster ride of a debut play Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon, which she also performs, ends with the by-then 16-year-old protagonist writing a letter of advice to her younger self (and younger stepsister).
Freud’s Last Session post-show video and photos: Do you believe in the existence of God?
Mark St Germain's play Freud's Last Session, first seen Off-Broadway in 2010 and now receiving its European premiere at London's King's Head Theatre, pits two of the 20th-century greatest thinkers, Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis, to discuss life's biggest questions, including "Does God exist?"
Dog Show video and photos: What do humans have in common with canines?
At my last Christmas Q&A at the Pleasance Theatre, for sci-fi spoof Escape from Planet Trash way back in December 2019, Ginger Johnson shared a tantalising teaser about her idea for her next offering: "Like Cats, but Dogs".
Empty in Angel post-show video and photos: Why are unions more important than ever in the gig economy?
Here's the brutal truth about many of our rights: we only really have them if we have the wherewithal to fight for them when they're trampled on. That's certainly the case when it comes to employment rights.
Marlowe’s Fate post-show video and photos: Who really wrote William Shakespeare’s plays?
More than four centuries after William Shakespeare died in 1616, aged 52 on his own birthday (23 April), questions remain about the authorship of his prodigious output - including nearly forty plays and more than 150 sonnets.