The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Lyric Hammersmith – review

Image above: Ingrid Craigie, Orla Fitzgerald in The Beauty Queen of Leenane; photograph Helen Maybanks A beautifully crafted play, this was Martin McDonagh's debut 25 years ago. It premiered in Galway and quickly established him as one of Ireland’s most exciting new writers. It transferred to the West End and received an Olivier Award nomination for Play of the Year, and on Broa

Macbeth at Chiswick Playhouse – review

Image above: Macbeth at Chiswick Playhouse; Beckis Cooper as Macbeth, far right A production of Macbeth has just opened at Chiswick Playhouse with an all women cast. That’s a huge gamble. Why would a London audience choose to see a Shakespeare play in a tiny local venue when they have the choice of seeing it performed at a much fancier venue with some of the nation’s top act

Skank – Chiswick Playhouse review

Images above: Clementine Bogg-Hargroves in Skank Skank isn't about sex as you might expect from the title, but about a young woman in despair, who sees no future. It's a play, I would hazard a guess, that will strike a chord with a lot of young people at the moment. It's a one woman show which is funny and pacy and very well executed by writer and performer Clementine B

A Night in November – Chiswick Playhouse review

There’s a fantastic production on at Chiswick Playhouse at the moment, which would stand out even in the West End. A Night in November is about a Belfast Protestant brought up during the Troubles who goes to a football match and is sickened by the behaviour of the crowd: the visceral hatred of the sectarian chanting, provoking fear in the Irish Republic supporters, who dared not