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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Roy Williams' play The Fellowship centres on a small family unit, but there are a lot of big things going on. The Fellowship, Hampstead Theatre, June 2022 L-R Cherrelle Skeete and Suzette Llewellyn © Robert Day Dawn (Cherrelle Skeet) is grieving the loss of a child while caring for her... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
About halfway through the first half of Jitney at the Old Vic, I had set my mind on leaving at the interval. I couldn't connect with anything or see any signs of what it was building towards. Jitney, Old Vic theatre 2022 The rapid pace of the opening scene, where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
At its heart, Britannicus at the Lyric Hammersmith is a drama about a toxic family who happens to be the ruling class. Agrippina (Sirine Saba), Claudius' fourth wife, persuaded her husband to adopt her son Nero (William Robinson) and make him his heir, passing over Britannicus (Nathaniel Curtis), his son... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Director Jeremy Herrin has chosen to have two actors playing Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie so that when he is acting as narrator, it is an older, maturer Tom. This older Tom, played by Paul Hilton, sets a reflective, melancholy, almost listless tone to the play, but while he... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs is one of those plays that unashamedly bursts off the stage, much like the lesbian choir around which the story revolves. The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, Soho Theatre, May 2022. Photo: Helen Murray Fed up with being invisible, Connie (Shuna Show) puts the choir forward... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is a stillness that descends over a theatre audience when they are gripped and fidgeting when they aren't. In the first half of The Breach at Hampstead Theatre, the audience was fidgeting. The Breach, Hampstead Theatre, May 2022. L-R Stanley Morgan, Douggie McMeekin, Jasmine Blackborow, Shannon Tarbet. Photo ©... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Ivo Van Hove is back at the Barbican with a bang and another epic, Age of Rage, which spans six Greek tragedies that follow the fall out of the Trojan war. Barbecue time as the audience arrive for Age of Rage at the Barbican Theatre 2022 Well, actually, there is... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The last 24 months have been pandemonium, writes Aceil Haddad, events have been dramatic and satirical. Coupled with the ludicrous nature of social media, you’d think you'd have plenty to script. Except it doesn't quite work in Mike Bartlett's play Scandaltown. This adult-pantomime-meets-Blackadder approach does muster a handful of laughs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Gloria (Debra Baker) has taken refuge in her attic, distracting herself from the dark winter months and grief by playing punk and dictating entries for her memoir into her laptop. Debra Baker in SAD Omnibus Theatre Apr 2022. Photo Dan Tsantilis She is crabby to all those who come and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Modern families, money and the morals of genetics are just a few of the narrative tensions in Alexis Zegerman's play The Fever Syndrome at Hampstead Theatre. The Fever Syndrome, Hampstead Theatre April 2022. Photo © Ellie Kurttz The family at the centre of the story is that of Richard Myers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
TodayTix has launched an audience review website in the UK. Called Show-Score, you can rate and simply review* what you've seen, and the site collates the scores and reviews. Show-Score has launched in London, allowing audience ratings and reviews of plays and musicals It's something that has been around in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Who You Are And What You Do starts with spinning a wheel to determine the order of the story - it's a quirky idea and has been used in different guises before. Who You Are And What You Do, Bread and Roses Theatre. Photo: Rachel Guest The wheel has six... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You know those times you are watching a play utterly transfixed by what is happening on stage? Yep, well, that's how I felt watching Ruth Wilson in The Human Voice. The Human Voice, Harold Pinter Theatre Mar 2022 The signs were good. She's a fabulous actress, and she's partnered with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
In Jonathan Crewe's play Under the Radar, journalist Lee Stilling (Eleanor Hill) is profiling inventor Martin Christensen (Nicholas Anscombe), who has built his own submarine. She is accompanying him on his two-day maiden voyage, and it will be her big scoop. The first act starts ostensibly as an interview. However,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Anthony McCarten's new play The Collaboration at the Young Vic kicks off as you arrive in the auditorium with an 80s DJ set. It's toe-tapping, hip and creates a party, edgy, youthful yet nostalgic atmosphere. Official poster for The Collaboration at the Young Vic, Feb 2022 Contrast this with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Henry V opens with a burst of energy at a nightclub with a worse for wear party prince. It's a scene lifted from Henry IV part 2 and is an important reminder of Henry V's past and subsequent transformation into a serious king. It is a great scene-setter for this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Florian Zeller's new play The Forest is like looking at broken mirror pieces, it is you, yet the angle is a little bit different in each piece. It follows Pierre, a successful surgeon who's married and the father of a grown-up daughter, as he juggles his professional and family life... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Alistair McDowall's The Glow at the Royal Court is a play I've had to ponder - a lot - and I still don't have any firm conclusions. The Glow, Royal Court Theatre: Ria Zmitrowicz and Rakie Ayola. Photo Manuel Harlan It is why my immediate thoughts on leaving the theatre... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Donmar Warehouse's stage has been converted into a French ski resort for Force Majeure. There is a mountain backdrop, in the middle of which are lift doors and a 'snowy' slope that tilts downwards towards the centre of the stalls. Force Majeure, Donmar Warehouse 2021/22 It's ski-able as some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2022 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Peggy Ramsay (Tamsin Greig) is a play agent, but she is more famous than the playwrights and the work that she represents. Written by Alan Plater, a client of the real Peggy, the play is set in her office in the late 1960s and covers a day in her life.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Fair Play at the Bush Theatre is set in the world of female athletics. Ann (NicK King) joins a running club and meets Sophie (Charlotte Beaumont), and the two bond over their love of running, drive and ambition to compete at the highest level. L-r NicK King and Charlotte Beaumont... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
As the stage was plunged into darkness at the end of Manor on the National Theatre's Lyttelton stage, I was thinking: What was the point? The applause died down and the actors left the stage, I turned to my friend who said what I was thinking before I had the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Al Smith's new play Rare Earth Mettle at the Royal Court is a meaty piece that covers a lot of ground, ironic considering the central premise is about the fight for control over one piece of land. In Bolivia, Kimsa (Carlo Albán) scratches a living showing tourists around the remnants... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There's a moment right at the end of 'Night, Mother which tugged on my heartstrings and that surprised me. The play is set in rural America, where a mother (Stockard Channing) and daughter Jessie (Rebecca Night), who has epilepsy, live together. It's quickly apparent that Jessie is the household organiser,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Are you allowed to call yourself a theatre fan if you haven't seen The Mousetrap, the West End's longest-running play? Possibly. But I've ticked that box now. Photo by Rev Stan So what was it like? Well, it's a fun, frothy West End play that is in part carried by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2021 at Rev Stan's theatre blog