Pass me my pitchfork: D.C. Moore’s Common, National Theatre

“You are blight and darkness and sin…” Lost village girl Mary comes home to her beloved Laura after a lifetime of sin in “that devil-town London”, but finds – well – that’s the problem. This play by DC Moore, part lesbian Catherine Cookson fantasy, part undead horror slasher, via a Wicker Man of the woods…

THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY, National Theatre, SE1

Patrick Marber has taken Turgenev’s A Month in the Country and strengthened it in all directions, rather like an enthusiast restoring an aged, leaky old boat into a seaworthy thing of beauty. In Marber’s hands, these characters become more assertive, and considerably more interesting: their actions produce a plot with rather more fire in the…

3 Winters review for London Theatre Guide

Croatia’s recent political history, nicely summarised for us in the 3 Winters programme (but even then, it takes three closely-typed pages) makes Northern Ireland look like a squabble at a children’s tea party. Massive shifts in ideology and outlook, from Capitalism to Communism and back again, would turn patriots into traitors overnight: “When we lost…

Medea – for London Theatre Guide

Among the many horror stories told by the Greek tragedians, Euripides’ Medea is often cited as one of the most horrifying: the mother who kills her children, going against her nature to exact the ultimate justice on her erstwhile husband, Jason (a compelling Danny Sapani). “They are the sun that lights his world /So I…