Justin Murray left university with a degree in Classics and a crippling addiction to theatre and hasn’t looked back since. He is founder and artistic director of Catharsis and likes heavily reimagined classics and physical theatre. But most other theatre too. When not in the theatre Justin can be found tutoring or with his nose in a book.
Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE at the Barbican Theatre
By Justin Murray Wednesday, November 20 2019, 20:06
Measure for Measure is a messy play, and famously one of Shakespeare’s most controversial, a fact writ large on the RSC’s production playing at the Barbican until January.
Joseph Arkley as Lucio, Michael Patrick, Hannah Azuonye and Karina Jones in Measure for Measure. Photo by Helen Maybanks
Review: ON BEAR RIDGE at the Royal Court
By Justin Murray Thursday, October 31 2019, 10:35
I’m conflicted about On Bear Ridge, Ed Thomas’ perplexing, upsetting play about memory, the way things fade, and how we choose which hill to die on.
Rhys Ifans (John Daniel) and Rakie Ayola (Noni) in On Bear Ridge. Photo by Mark Douet
Second Look: Beryl at the Arcola
By Justin Murray Tuesday, October 29 2019, 10:41
Beryl, a play by lauded actress Maxine Peake, has cycled down from the East Riding Theatre in Yorkshire and parked up at the Arcola in Dalston for a London transfer, and it is a joy. The play charts the meteoric rise of superstar Yorkshire lass Beryl Burton through the cycling world, against all the odds of entrenched sexism and health issues, all the while asking why it is we haven’t heard of such a record-breaking superstar in the sport.
REVIEW: VARIANT 31 at Space 18, New Oxford Street
By Justin Murray Friday, October 11 2019, 09:34
I was a little confused as to what to make of my visit to the controversial, long-dormant Toxico Technologies for the round of test subjects known as VARIANT 31. Upon entry, my plus-one and I are fitted with a medical wristband and told our main objective is to tap this wristband on as many different blue glowing points in the gaming area as possible in order to earn points.
Review: HURRICANE DIARIES at the Blue Elephant Theatre
By Justin Murray Tuesday, October 8 2019, 15:20
The first thing you notice on entering the Blue Elephant for Hurricane Diaries is how dark it is. It feels rather like a cellar, the naked theatre lights providing the only illumination. As pre-show conversations die down, the effect is compounded by the realisation that water is dripping on to the floor from somewhere. The first time we meet performer (and writer) Amanda Villanova, it’s to see her her groping round with a torch, and catching the drops of water (created, spoiler alert, with slowly melting bags of ice suspended from the ceiling) with pots and pans.
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