Home / Drama


And Then Come The Nightjars – Bristol Old Vic

And Then Come The Nightjars Image Jack Sain

Writer: Bea Roberts Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: Claire Hayes There is a fierce and tender connection to the land threading through And Then Come the Nightjars that might seem reminiscent of Irish influences - from the recently late, great Brian Friel to John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. And yet, this original writing from Bea Roberts, developed with Bristol Old Vic Ferment and ...

Read More »

Every Brilliant Thing – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Every Brilliant Thing photo Michaela Bodlovic

tWriter: Duncan Macmillan Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Kris Hallett At the age of seven, a boy begins a list of all the things in the world that are brilliant to help combat his mother’s sadness: at number one, ice cream. As the years go by the list will grow; chocolate, skinny dipping, Christopher Walken’s hair, Christopher Walken’s voice, even "the ...

Read More »

DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Dancing at Lughnasa – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin


Writer:  Brian Friel Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: David Keane First preformed at the Abbey Theatre in 1990, Brain Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa makes a timely return to Dublin to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The multi-award winning play comes to the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival. A semi-autobiographical memory ...

Read More »

King Lear – The Mill Theatre, Dublin


Director: Geoff O’Keeffe Reviewer: Liam Harrison The Earl of Gloucester (Neill Fleming) makes a powerful observation early in King Lear, whilst he still has eyes to see, reflecting: “These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us […] Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide; in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the ...

Read More »

DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: The Cherry Orchard – O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

TheCherryOrchard_O'ReillyTheatre_(c)Koen Broos

Writer: Anton Chekov Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty A classic in his canon, The Cherry Orchard is the last play Anton Chekov penned before his death. The plot revolves around an aristocratic Russian family who return to their estate, which includes the long-standing, large cherry orchard of the title. The events of the interaction take place just prior to the date that ...

Read More »

Valhalla – Theatre 503, London


Writer: Paul Murphy Director: Jo McInnes Reviewer: Stephen Bates The title should not be allowed to deceive. Paul Murphy’s 75-minute play, joint winner of Theatre 503’s Playwriting Award for 2014, does not take place in a gigantic hall, rather in what looks like a white oblong box, filled only by a table, two chairs and a coat stand. The sterility ...

Read More »

Golem – HOME, Manchester

Golem - 1927

Writer and Director: Suzanne Andrade Music: Lillian Henley Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin London-based company 1927 fuse different modes of performance into a cohesive production; live music, animation, film, and physical performance. It is difficult to capture in words how visually exciting Golem is and how it ensnares you from the outset. The weird and dazzling world created in Golem has the ...

Read More »