What has happened to Restoration theatre?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 by laurencebrasted

‘When the skill of the player is added to that of the poet, and the one gives utterance to the other’s conceptions, it is not the actor or the poet that we hear, ’tis the character of the drama that speaks to us.’ The Adventures of a Rake (1759). With these wise words in mind what has happened to the theatrical style of Restoration Comedy? More importantly why, on the rare occasion that we do see them performed, are these plays never considered to be produced within the environment they were created for?

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Review: Pains of Youth, Cottesloe

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by laurencebrasted

‘The sea, the sea!” heed the warning of this Greek war cry, for Katie Mitchell’s production truly is the Pains of Youth.’ Continue reading

Review: Category B, Tricycle

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 by laurencebrasted

Gripping, funny and enlightening Paulette Randall’s production is nothing less than ‘Category B.’ The Tricycle Theatre’s ‘Not Black and White’ season gives three black playwrights the opportunity to express their experience as a minority in British society. Continue reading

Review: Enron, Royal Court

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 by laurencebrasted

enron34‘Why?’ The slogan penetrates the Royal Court, but does Enron provide the answers? Continue reading

Review: Our Class, Cottesloe

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2009 by laurencebrasted

our classTimely, insightful and heartfelt: ‘Our Class’ certainly has a lesson to teach. Continue reading

Review: Avenue Q, Gielgud

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2009 by laurencebrasted

avenueqposter‘What do you do with a B.A. in English?’ may have reiterated the fears of many soon to be graduates at the Gielgud Theatre last night, but the reopening of West End hit ‘Avenue Q’ proved a great console in Jason Moore’s hilarious production. Continue reading