Poet Caleb Femi was shot and almost killed as a teenager. His play reveals how reading Frankenstein gave him new life

Published in The Independent on June 1, 2018

“I beheld the miserable monster whom I had created…” Goldfish Bowl, the new play by Caleb Femi – former young people’s laureate for London – opens with this quote from Frankenstein – the moment the monster comes to life. Continue reading “Poet Caleb Femi was shot and almost killed as a teenager. His play reveals how reading Frankenstein gave him new life”

Sex With Robots and Other Devices explores what happens when AI meets shagging

Published in New Statesman on May 11, 2018

Imagine a world where your partner could arrive in an Amazon package. So goes the tagline for Sex With Robots and Other Devices, a new play about to open at London’s Kings Head Theatre. Continue reading “Sex With Robots and Other Devices explores what happens when AI meets shagging”

‘Dismantle capitalism and overturn the patriarchy’: Why The Writer is more than just a #MeToo play

Published in The Independent on April 24, 2018

The Writer opens with a crackling interaction between a young woman and an older man. He’s a director, she’s a writer. He has the power – and he’s turned on by the commercial potential of her rage. Continue reading “‘Dismantle capitalism and overturn the patriarchy’: Why The Writer is more than just a #MeToo play”

Review: Misty, Bush Theatre

Published in Time Out on March 22, 2018

A story of a fight on a night bus, delivered by actor-playwright Arinzé Kene with a physical swagger and grime-like flow. Flanking him, Shiloh Coke and Adrian McLeod play drums and keys. It’s gig-theatre, performance poetry, suggesting London is a body and its inhabitants blood cells. Only some of them – black people, it’s implied – are viruses. Continue reading “Review: Misty, Bush Theatre”

Review: Summer & Smoke, the Almeida

Published in The Independent on March 8, 2018

Patsy Ferran could probably stand on stage and read a bad undergraduate essay on Tennessee Williams and it’d sound like the most poignant thing you’ve ever heard. This young actor is a genuine marvel, as hilarious as she is heartbreaking. And as Alma in Williams’ rarely-performed 1948 play, she’s hit a real high note. Continue reading “Review: Summer & Smoke, the Almeida”

Review: The Jungle, Young Vic

Published in Time Out on December 16, 2017

Welcome to The Jungle. Take a seat at one of the makeshift tables surrounded by tarpaulin and chipboard walls. This is the Afghan Flag restaurant, one of many establishments that grew up in the Calais refugee camp – recreated here to evoke the powerful community that also grew up there. Continue reading “Review: The Jungle, Young Vic”

Opinion: By cancelling Andrea Dunbar’s play, the Royal Court has silenced an urgent female voice

Published in The Stage on December 15, 2017

The Royal Court deserves a long and loud round of applause for the way it has responded to revelations about sexual harassment in the theatre industry. Vicky Featherstone has led the way, with bold initiatives and bold decision-making. Continue reading “Opinion: By cancelling Andrea Dunbar’s play, the Royal Court has silenced an urgent female voice”