31 December 2006
In No Particular Reverse Order, Some Favourites of 2006
As evidenced by Spike's calendar, never failingly adjusted before he goes to bed, it's nearly Time. So here's a quick look over the shoulder before we sally forth.
Franz Xavier Kroetz, Southwark Playhouse, directed by Maria Aberg
Steely poetics from a modern German master
Waiting For Godot
Samuel Beckett, Barbican, Walter D.Asmus
The meaning of life - and it's funny
Simon Stephens, Royal Court, Ramin Gray
"The war was all right. It's just you come back to this"
Christopher Shinn, Royal Court, James Macdonald
Iraq homecoming, this time US style
Les Enfants du Paradis
Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto (after Prevert), Arcola, S.Armesto
A film about theatre adapted flawlessly, with joie
Howard Brenton, NT Cottesloe, Howard Davies
Unforgettable scene with Emperor Nero visiting the future saint in prison
Nicholas Wright (after Zola), NT Lyttleton, Marianne Elliott
Crime, passion and punishment in a bleakly brilliant version
David Eldridge, Southwark Playhouse, Amelia Nicholson
DE's play in a vivacious, touching production
from Apuleius/Euripides, Barbican, Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices
Absolutely bonkers - like a lecture on classical drama delivered by the Manson family
Too Drunk To Say I Love You?
Caryl Churchill, Royal Court, James Macdonald
Frightening and fascinating, Churchill decries the 'special relationship' - and years of British complicity in US crimes
There were loads more of course - kicked the year off in fine style by going back to see Richard Bean's very funny Moliere, The Hypochondriac, Market Boy in the Olivier was a right larf, I admired Robin Hooper's Not The Love I Cry For and I was very moved by an early preview of Colin Teevan's Seven Pomegranate Seeds. Dennis Kelly's Love and Money was very fine, as was Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell's take on The Seagull. And my mate Serdar's done wonders with A Family Affair, Ostrovsky's comedy of (bad) manners and social climbing, still playing at the Arcola. I've actually had a rubbish year with the classics, seeing little Greek (I should really have blogged about Swallow Song) and less Shakespeare. Generally this year's been good but I've not seen as much as I'd've liked. New baby Bernard arrived in March and I had to work harder than for ages on various things, especially The May Queen of course. Resolution? Work much harder still, and see more stuff.