Actor and playwright Nathaniel Martello-White created quite a stir with his debut play Blackta that premiered at the Young Vic, targeting the use of token black actors in the entertainment industry. His latest work, premiering at the Royal Court Upstairs, is of a rather more serious nature and a bold experiment in form.
The Rivals is a restoration comedy of the highest order, involving plenty of mistaken identity, outrageous faux pas, and other comedic misunderstandings on the road to love. A familiar formula to many, but, even to the robust sensibilities of contemporary Bath, a daring one. Perhaps this is because of it’s slightly autobiographical nature (Sheridan presents hysterically exaggerated glimpses of his own life in order to prevent possible detractors from taking them seriously), but, though only his first effort of play writing, this work is still hailed as one of the most incisive, irreverent, and enduring plays in the Sheridan canon.
A night of flamboyance and utter extravagance, When We Are Married highlights just how skilled a playwright JB Priestley was and still is today. Priestley’s creative and humorous piece catapults audiences into the early 1900s, during times of class divisions, industrial innovations and the importance of religion as an overriding factor in society. Three married couples, after 25 years together, find themselves torn apart by a letter to which the contents are pure dynamite. Spreading like wildfire across the lavish mansion house in Cleckleywyke these foolish couples are faced with the difficult (or perhaps not so difficult decision) of having to choose whether to remain as a unit of two, or escape whilst they still can.
Located in the heart of Africa, The African Republic of Congo has witnessed a tumultuous political history, having received independence from the French in 1960. In 1997, a civil war caused by the rising tensions of the then democratically elected president Lissouba and previous president Sassou shaped The Congo’s landscape, with thousands losing their lives as a direct result. Sassou is currently still the president making the voting process a questionable one. What may not be as well known about the country’s contribution to the technology industry is that it produces the minerals needed to power our phones. They Drink it in the Congo opens up a dialogue between the UK and The African Republic of the Congo, or much rather satirically attempts to via the ambitious and charitable aims of the play’s protagonist.
Bestival boasts in culture and diversity to offer a festival for everyone, it’s not just about the music. Its theme this year is futuristic and it does not disappoint with huge iconic Robots dotted around the festival.
A take on an old classic by well-known storyteller Roald Dahl transports audiences into the mystical world that is The Witches. The Witches at York Theatre Royal highlights the ever growing talent present within youth theatre groups in this country today. Giving young individuals a chance to perform on the big stage and feed their desire for performance at such an iconic venue. Splendid!