Latest Writing

Boiling Point

Stephen Graham shines in Philip Barantini’s one-shot drama about the high wire dynamics of working in a restaurant – or any creative industry

Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

This assured debut novel examines depths of the ocean and soul, evolving the skin-prickling body horror of Armfield’s short stories into something stranger, murkier and deeper

Tom Fool – Orange Tree Theatre

Franz Xaver Kroetz’s stunning portrait of the dehumanising psychological effects of work is staged in an emotionally intense revival by Diyan Zora

The Lost Daughter

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s spellbinding and sensitive close adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel is a haunting account of conflicted motherhood, powered by exquisitely subtle performances

Henry V – Donmar Warehouse

Max Webster’s excellent production leans into the play’s moral complexity, though world events make Henry’s actions seem even less justifiable than usual

The Chairs – Almeida

Omar Elerian brilliantly deconstructs Ionesco in this hilariously virtuosic, physically comic staging, which uses an invisible, imaginary audience to remind us of our immediate presence in the theatre space

The Forest – Hampstead Theatre

Florian Zeller’s kaleidoscopic new play about the multiplicity and duplicity of men is slickly designed and has fantastic performances, though it does not find the same richness in its female characters

A Number – Old Vic

Exquisite performances lend a transfixing, heightened realism to Caryl Churchill’s profound domestic thriller, in which a man turns to science in a doomed search for spiritual renewal, interspersed with the serene, sacred music of Arvo Pärt


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