Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

Bar Review: Little Red Staircase, Shoreditch

The Little Red Staircase capitalizes on the Hackneyite’s – and by extension the Shoreditchised Londoner’s – fondness for the strip of homely, inexpensive and frankly delicious Vietnamese eateries that line the Kingsland Road. And when I say capitalize, I mean capital ‘S’ for Saigon, as in the barely postcolonial feel of this ‘micro’ cocktail bar […]

Theatre Review: Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Tanya Ronder

Theatre Review: Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Tanya Ronder

You’d think that seeing Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) twice before would give me some authority and make me feel uber-qualified to pass judgement on any new production. But it is a testament to the richness of the work that neither the off-broadway production that I saw in Spanish nor the intense and intimate […]

Theatre Review: Fresh Off The Boat

Theatre Review: Fresh Off The Boat

Barely a week after the last Tory MP has drank the last drop of Bollinger left in Manchester playing the turbo round of the conference cliché drinking game, days after each party has vied with each other to sound more xenophobic than the other two, onto the stage above the Hen & Chickens dashes The […]

Theatre Review: Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts

Theatre Review: Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts

Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, currently on at The Almeida, fierce, courageous, unflinching and at times bitterly painful exploration of grief, suffering, the necessity of deceit, and the willingness to sacrifice for loved ones. Having said all this, if you’re looking for the uplifting, life-affirming moment, the pregnant-with-meaning, didactic glow at the of this great theatrical ‘journey’ […]

Theatre Review: La Razón Blindada

Theatre Review: La Razón Blindada

  Based on the experiences of political agitators kept in Rawson political prison during Argentina’s dictatorship in the 1970s, and primarily of Teatro Malayerba company director Aristides Vargas’ brother Chico, who was an inmate for ten years, La Razón Blindada (The Bulletproof Reason) is an intense exploration of the condition of imprisonment, loneliness, of fear, […]

Lollibop Festival @ Queen Elizabeth Park Review

Lollibop Festival @ Queen Elizabeth Park Review

  The biggest children’s festival in the UK has once again stormed through three days of kids entertainment and attractions, this time helping to baptize the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and establish it as a venue in it’s post-Hellenic legacy. I have to admit, even for a hardened cynic like me, it is quite a […]

The Arcola Theatre Review: The Girl with the Iron Claws

The Arcola Theatre Review: The Girl with the Iron Claws

The Wrong Crowd’s creative team love to draw on myth, folklore and fairytale and utilize puppetry to tell stories on the stage; but if you were expecting a children’s story from their current offering, The Girl with the Iron Claws, you would be shocked, awed, and enchanted in an hour of theatre that gives so […]

Theatre Review: The Turn of the Screw

Theatre Review: The Turn of the Screw

      I wouldn’t say they had me from the off. Which is not to say I wasn’t very much looking forward to Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of the chilling novella, The Turn of the Screw by the famously obscure American writer Henry James. And I can’t say that sense of anticipation wasn’t heightened sitting […]