Review: Matilda – Edinburgh Playhouse

First published in The Times, Thursday April 4 2019

Four Stars

There is no shortage of stage adaptations of Roald Dahl’s deliciously twisted children’s novels. The playwright David Wood alone has made something of a cottage industry of reworking Dahl’s work for the stage, with some eight adaptations under his belt, including The Witches, The BFG and The Twits.

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Review: Hard Times – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

First published in The Times, Friday September 16 2016

Four Stars

Size isn’t everything. When David Edgar adapted Charles Dickens’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for the Royal Shakespeare Company back in 1980, the production ran to eight-and-a-half hours and featured a dramatis personae of 115 speaking parts. The show, directed by Trevor Nunn, scooped major awards and transferred to Broadway, but it doesn’t take a genius to explain why Edgar’s 1000-page script has rarely been revived since.

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Review: Beyond Price – Summerhall, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Saturday August 13 2016

Four Stars

 

The rumours are true: sometimes, when creating theatre, all you need is an empty space, a performer, and, if you’re lucky, an audience. This new show from the writer, actor, director and fringe regular Jack Klaff is so bare bones that it’s even hard to discern where the introductory pleasantries end and the meat of the performance begins. It’s only as Klaff departs the stage that you realise quite how much wisdom he has condensed into an hour’s monologue.

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