Articles about Theatre

 The antithesis of what Antigone should be

Antigone needs a young protagonist, says Stephen Whitehead. Juliette Binoche's performance in the recent Barbican production misses the point

Stephen Whitehead // 22 May 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Rumpy Pumpy! misses the mark

This confused musical about sex work and the Women's Institute leaves Suzanne Duffy with more questions than it answers

Suzanne Duffy // 28 April 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Flying high with Nightingales

Lissy Lovett finds much to admire in Nightingales, a new take on a Greek myth that deals with rape, revenge and sisterhood

Lissy Lovett // 25 April 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 A vault of potential

Pamela Edwardes makes the most of VAULT Festival, with its diverse offerings of productions fronted by women

Pamela Edwardes // 6 March 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Spring singing

Although a fan of progressive production company Mama Quilla, Shoshana Davidson is disappointed by a fairly superficial account of women in the Arab Spring from The Singing Stones

Shoshana Davidson // 16 February 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Tea for one

One-woman play Tea Set wins Lissy Lovett over to the form

Lissy Lovett // 11 January 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 A side of Bechdel in your showcase

Although the short plays in Whoop'n'Wail Represents.... The Launch have their flaws, Rita Suszek is impressed by the focus on the female experience

Rita Suszek // 3 December 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Musical machinations

Although Sarah Graham would prefer less caricatured male parts, she finds Made In Dagenham: The Musical worthwhile and inspiring

Sarah Graham // 8 November 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 But yet a woman

Lissy Lovett applauds Henry IV at the Donmar Warehouse, which casts women in all the roles and tells a powerful and compelling story

Lissy Lovett // 1 November 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Be bothered

Rachel Boyd is enchanted by a new play from RashDash, which challenges theatrical conventions as it explores love and relationships, while remaining completely accessible

Rachel Gonzalez Boyd // 14 October 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Three stages onstage

Suzanne Duffy commends an excellent, original idea for a play even if its execution leaves something to be desired

Suzanne Duffy // 2 October 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 To be a little differently

The Royal Exchange in Manchester has a strong production in Hamlet but the high point for Suzanne Duffy remains Maxine Peake's barnstorming performance as the eponymous character

Suzanne Duffy // 25 September 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Richard III: a trans revelation

Katherine Wootton is blown away by new writing, Drag King Richard III, that explores trans experiences through Shakespearean dialogue and manages to get it just right

Katherine Wootton // 3 September 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The F-Word goes to EdFringe

The F-Word is back in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. In this post, we review shows about vaginas, Christianity, Tourette's syndrome and Greek myths

Various Authors // 13 August 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Women playwrights roar for the Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company is showing a festival of short plays on feminist themes. Megan Stodel wishes this wasn't a one off

Megan Stodel // 9 August 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Not an open and shut case

Despite enjoying some of the plays that make up Shutters, Charly Rowland can't identify the commentary on women that is supposed to unite them

Charlotte Rowland // 17 July 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 After Wonderland

Tutku Barbaros is moved by Metta Theatre's colourful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, which considers a new kind of female protagonist

Tutku Barbaros // 10 June 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Beyond Shakespeare's Desdemona

Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief is a brilliant exploration of the characters who usually barely get to speak, never mind define their own conversation. Rita Suszek thoroughly enjoys an irreverent retelling of Othello

Rita Suszek // 8 June 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Hear her roar

Charlotte Rowland finds dutiful and doubtful Ophelias mercifully far from sight in the Royal Shakespeare Company's rousing revival of The Roaring Girl, the first in a season of plays placing women in the spotlight

Charlotte Rowland // 12 May 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 An aversion to a new version

Meshing a contemporary story of foot prostitution with a comedic retelling of the 18th century novel Fanny Hill is an interesting idea. But, concludes Alicia Rodriguez, The Fanny Hill Project v2.0 fails to convince that the two stories have that many parallels

Alicia Rodriguez // 8 May 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Play about unmarried mothers fails to engage

Megan Stodel is pleased to encounter a play from the 1950s with such a large cast of women, but Women of Twilight is too sensational to ever hit home

Megan Stodel // 30 April 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Maggie and the monarch

New play Handbagged, about the two of the most prominent British women of the 1980s, was written and directed by women and boasts a majority woman cast. Lissy Lovett finds it to be a breath of fresh air

Lissy Lovett // 24 April 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The One to watch

Rachel Gonzalez Boyd thinks The One is a powerful and unsettling study of the disintegration of a modern relationship

Rachel Gonzalez Boyd // 10 March 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Three against Page 3

Shoshana Davidson praises Fluff Production and its collection of short plays challenging Page 3

Shoshana Davidson // 3 March 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Creating a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

Charlotte finds That Catherine Bennett Show as inspiring for a woman in her twenties as it is for tweens

Charlotte Rowland // 27 February 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Mystified by The Mistress Contract

Although a self-proclaimed feminist play, The Mistress Contract is reductive and driven by stereotypes, finds Shoshana Davidson

Shoshana Davidson // 14 February 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Can we have it all?

Rapture, Blister, Burn is an engaging and witty exploration of feminism and life choices, finds Imogen O'Sullivan

Imogen O'Sullivan // 10 February 2014

Categories: Theatre

 Doing wrong to do right

A one-woman monologue recounting the suffragette movement in prose and song? Jane Duffus is sold

Jane Duffus // 5 February 2014

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Failing to perform

Max Smiles applies the Bechdel Test to theatre in London and finds too few productions make the grade

Max Smiles // 18 January 2014

Categories: Features, Theatre

 Good vibrations

Shoshana Davidson enjoys a fun, engaging and thoughtful look at 19th century sexuality at In the Next Room

Shoshana Davidson // 11 December 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Flicking the V sign

For 17 years, Eve Ensler's episodic triple-header The Vagina Monologues has been shocking and entertaining audiences all around the globe. Jane Duffus checks in with the show in Bristol

Jane Duffus // 7 November 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Happily ever after?

As The Ugly Sisters considers the Cinderella story from a different perspective, Debbie Brannon muses on the messages fairytales send

Debbie Brannon // 17 October 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 A female Pope

Pope Joan tells a medieval story of rising through the Catholic Church's ranks by presenting as a man. Shoshana Davidson struggles to find depth in this play and is confused by the characterisation

Shoshana Davidson // 17 September 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The liberty to learn

After seeing Blue Stockings, Sophie Walshe is ready to reclaim the old insult and insist on recognition for the women who campaigned for equal education in 1896

Sophie Walshe // 3 September 2013

Categories: Theatre

 Stag to doe

Stag Nation is funny, fresh and thought-provoking; Malise Rosbech just wishes it had gone a little further

Malise Rosbech // 1 September 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 More of The F-Word at EdFringe

In our second round-up of reviews, we discuss productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that deal with subjects including sex work, trans* issues and religion

Various Authors // 18 August 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The F-Word at the Edinburgh Fringe

Since the start of August, reviewers for The F-Word have been at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here are their takes on a variety of shows that cover topics from sanity to Sappho

Various Authors // 11 August 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Reviving Private Lives

A revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives is heralded as a success by Lola Ripley

Lola Ripley // 18 July 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Shoulder to shoulder

Oxygen celebrates the pilgrimage of women who marched for six weeks from Lands Ends to Hyde Park for the largest ever suffrage rally. Jane Duffus finds it to be a breath of fresh air

Jane Duffus // 15 July 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Amen to that

A play written in the 1950s led by black female characters still has a lot to say, finds Lissy Lovett

Lissy Lovett // 13 July 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Who decides what's normal?

The groundbreaking new play My Normal Life is an impressive and eye-opening experience for Jane Duffus

Jane Duffus // 8 July 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Far from a fairytale

A one man show leaves Megan Stodel uncertain with its focus on violence against women

Megan Stodel // 1 July 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Echoes of Virginia

Watching Viota is an almost exhausting experience for Hazel Robertson as the play examines radical culture changes in the shadow of Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

Hazel Robertson // 15 April 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 White Rose could fly higher

Although the story of women fighter pilots during World War Two has a lot of potential, Rowena McIntosh and Hazel Robertson find the plot frustratingly superficial

Various Authors // 11 April 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Where miracles happen and leave things exactly the same

Bringing a play from 19th century Sweden to contemporary South Africa, Mies Julie is a fascinating and devastating exploration of power, according to Charlotte Rowland

Charlotte Rowland // 31 March 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Seeing Sylvia Sleigh

It's too little, too late for Flis Mitchell at Tate Liverpool's Sylvia Sleigh retrospective

Flis Mitchell // 22 February 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 A taste of the 1950s

Watching the revival of A Taste of Honey, Rowena McIntosh finds that while some themes have lost their controversial appeal, others remain all too relevant

Rowena McIntosh // 5 February 2013

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Girls and gangs

Annika Spalding felt emotional, angry and speechless but moved to action after attending awareness-raising drama She

Annika Spalding // 22 December 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Love and 8

Liz Ely thinks new play 8 gives an intriguing insight into the battle for marriage equality, though it's somewhat lacking in inspiration

Liz Ely // 19 December 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 All singing, all dancing campaigning

A musical about a campaign for better asylum seeker rights may seem like unusual territory. Hazel Robertson finds that this humorous, tragic and stirring production is well worth the risk

Hazel Robertson // 15 November 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The show that asks: "What do we hope for now?"

Declaring war on "the big boys", Motherland goes on a journey through gender with a sense of humour and social responsibility. Caitlin Hayward-Tapp finds it thoroughly thought-provoking

Caitlin Hayward-Tapp // 5 November 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Medea, but not as Euripides knew it

Charlotte Rowland finds that Rachael Stirling's powerful performance in this new version of Medea leads her to forgive its other faults

Charlotte Rowland // 31 October 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 A hard issue with a soft premise

The Soft of Her Palm promises to confront our expectations of domestic violence, but Shoshana Davidson finds it falls back on damaging and unhelpful stereotypes

Shoshana Davidson // 16 October 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Delhi delights in new Much Ado

The RSC sets Much Ado About Nothing in Delhi, with results that leave Katherine Wootton impressed

Katherine Wootton // 10 October 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Mary Stuart modernised

A new production of Mary Stuart glows with relevance, and Charlotte Rowland has only good words to say about it

Charlotte Rowland // 20 September 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Perfume, power and popular media

After a UK premiere of Ana Diosdado's Yours for the Asking, Eli Davies wonders if it's really what we're asking for

Eli Davies // 17 September 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Week Four

The largest arts festival in the world comes to an end! We review a few last shows from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Various Authors // 31 August 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Week Three

As the Edinburgh Fringe Festival continues, we have another round-up of reviews

Various Authors // 24 August 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 To peep or not to peep

A new voyeuristic exhibition at the National Gallery has hit the headlines, inviting people to watch a naked woman. Ania Ostrowska has had enough

Ania Ostrowska // 20 August 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Week Two

Reviewers from The F-Word share their opinions in our second instalment considering shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Various Authors // 16 August 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 The Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Week One

During August, Edinburgh hosts the largest arts festival in the world. Throughout the month, we'll be reviewing shows that we think might be of interest to our readers; here are our impressions of the first shows we saw

Various Authors // 9 August 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 All that jazz

Jazz at Café Society celebrates the first desegregated jazz club in the USA. Eli Davies delights in its portrayal of strong female artists

Eli Davies // 30 July 2012

Categories: Theatre

 'Fair, tiny and only 17 years of age'

At the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, Miriam Margolyes revives her acclaimed one woman show on his life and the women within it. Margolyes' love and passion for Dickens shines through the performance, but Laura Lammasniemi wonders if her satire of the man who symbolises Victorian misogyny is too gentle

Laura Lammasniemi // 15 July 2012

Categories: Theatre

 Claws for thought

With The Girl with the Iron Claws, The Wrong Crowd company has created a richly beautiful stage version of the old Norwegian fairytale. Greta Hughson ponders its meaning to a modern audience

Greta Hughson // 13 July 2012

Categories: Theatre

 Dead End Drive

The Sluts of Sutton Drive is a play about the problems faced by working-class women. Megan Stodel thinks it fails to engage the audience at all

Megan Stodel // 11 July 2012

Categories: Theatre

 Dreaming a different dream

By setting A Midsummer Night's Dream in a community of Travellers, the play is transformed. Megan Stodel considers how successful the Open Air Theatre's new interpretation is

Megan Stodel // 17 June 2012

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

 Her Naked Skin

Hazel Tsoi-Wiles reviews a production of Her Naked Skin, a suffragette romance which whisks the audience back to a time of protest on the street, activists smashing windows and police clamp-downs

Hazel Tsoi-Wiles // 23 December 2011

Categories: Theatre


Waiting for 20 years for Odysseus' return, Penelope is an emblem of marital fidelity and has always provided plenty of material for reinterpretations, feminist or otherwise. Kate McCarthy reviews the latest, which dumps the suitors in a dried out swimming pool

Kate McCarthy // 28 February 2011

Categories: Theatre

Women, Power & Politics: Now

Laura Nelson reviews this collection of short plays at London's Tricycle theatre

Laura Nelson // 17 July 2010

Categories: Theatre

Women, Power & Politics: Then

Kate McCarthy reviews a collection of short plays at the Tricycle

Kate McCarthy // 11 July 2010

Categories: Theatre

 Viva la vagina

Jessica Gjergji is blown away by a performance of The Vagina Monologues at the Bristol Old Vic

Jessica Gjergji // 4 July 2010

Categories: Theatre


Yasmin Eshref reviews a version of Macbeth set in the 1970s with an all-female cast

Yasmin Eshref // 26 May 2010

Categories: Theatre

 Feminism and Peter Pan

JM Barrie's creation Peter Pan has an enduring popularity. Allison McCarthy digs into the sexist and racist history of the play and novel, and how this has been addressed in modern adaptations

Allison McCarthy // 19 April 2009

Categories: Books, Films, Theatre

Her Naked Skin

Rebecca Lenkiewicz's take on the suffrage movement hinges on a clichéd story of forbidden love between seamstress Eve Douglas and Lady Celia Cain. Debi Withers is exasperated

debi withers // 7 September 2008

Categories: Theatre

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