Articles about Theatre

More Frida needed

The Four Fridas is a tender hymn about disability and love-song to the moving body but a poor paean of praise for the artist at its centre, Ettie Bailey-King writes

Ettie Bailey-King // 12 July 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

The likeability factor

Do we judge women more harshly than men? Do feminists need to be likable? The Legacy asks difficult questions about gender and social conscience, writes Suzanne Duffy

Suzanne Duffy // 30 June 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Military monologues

Mattie Lacey-Davidson finds the seven monologues created from the stories of real US servicewomen intense and impactful, recommending The Lonely Soldier Monologues for its important messages

Mattie Lacey-Davidson // 4 June 2015

Categories: Reviews, 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 Devora is disappointed by a fairly superficial account of women in the Arab Spring from The Singing Stones

Shoshana Devora // 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

More reviews from EdFringe

We finish our theatre reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014 with a handful more on plays about body image, poverty and sex work

Shoshana Devora // 27 August 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

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