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.
REVIEW: Ex-Batts and Broilers at the Greenwich Theatre
By Justin Murray Friday, July 19 2019, 15:31
Gail and Gemma (Jesse Dupré and Sophie Taylor) are chickens. They have an important decision to make today and they need us, the audience, to help them decide.