Christopher Shinn’s new play grapples with big ideas. It revolves around one main protagonist, played excellently by Ben Whishaw. A Silicon Valley billionaire, Luke wakes up one day convinced that he’s been spoken to by God, and that God is telling him ‘to go where there’s violence’. What ensues is Luke’s journey to and through locations of violence, a journey that takes him from schools to American university campuses to prisons and so on.
The Almeida’s new staging of Hamlet is set in contemporary Denmark. The set is flanked with TV screens and looping news broadcasts, the spectre of media saturation possibly suggesting an overlap between Shakespeare’s cloistered, paranoiac courts and modern society, where we too submit to the relentless scrutiny of strangers. Despite the flashy revamp, however, Robert Icke’s production feels relatively conservative, dutifully adapting the source material and making few cuts to the text.
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.
25 years ago, a loveable yet unconventional family took to our screens. Disbanding the typical framework of the prim and proper Walton-esque family, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson threw caution to the wind, becoming the much needed breath of fresh air that would go on to define a genre. Making its debut on the Tracy Ullman Show, The irreverent cartoon has captured the imaginations of millions, defining and entertaining a generation with its unashamed humour, popular culture references and the hundreds of vibrant characters that adorn the neighbourhood of Springfield.