31 December 2007

New Year's Eve. Aside from watching 24 through my fingers during the gory bits, the only excitements I'm signed up for are checking in on RandomActs as he reports in from the frontline, Trafalgar Square and environs. I've been reading this exceptional blog on and off for a while but have been too effing lazy to link to it myself, until now.

I've just sent Buzz off to La La Land. Spike and Becca are out a-visiting.

It's been a good year for yours truly, lots of interest and excitement, we're a sickeningly happy little family and I've had a great deal of luck with getting work on, two shows for two great theatres, and things lined up for next year - the tour of CloudCuckooLand of course (inc stints at Riverside and Greenwich) but also something I've not mentioned here, I've been asked back by Northern Stage so will be writing a Hansel and Gretel for them next Christmas. Yay for that.

Here then, as has become customary for me to note, are some of the shows I loved in 2007.

devised by Katie Mitchell and the Company (2006)
from the text of Virginia Woolf's novel, The Waves (1931)
Cottesloe, National Theatre
Breathtaking work, formally daring and exquisitely beautiful. An experiment achieved with consummate style.


by Philip Glass (1980)
words by Constance de Jong
directed and designed by Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch and Improbable
Improbable bring their poetry to bear on Glass's meditative epic.


The Caretaker
Harold Pinter (1960)
dir. Jamie Lloyd, des. Soutra Gilmour
Tricycle Theatre
Pinter's purgatorial masterpiece, David Bradley magnificently Beckettian.


Antony and Cleopatra
William Wotsit (?1607)
dir. Gregory Doran
Novello Theatre
Sex, and the classical world conjured before your eyes - what more do you want?


Dying For It
Moira Buffini (2007)
after The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman (1928)
dir. Anna Mackmin, des. Lez Brotherston
Buffini's riotous reimagining of the funniest play about the Stalinist nightmare.


The Emperor Jones
Eugene O'Neill (1920)
dir. Thea Sharrock
Olivier, NT
The Little Play That Could. O'Neill and Sharrock get expansive.


All About My Mother
Samuel Adamson (2007)
after the screenplay by Pedro Almodovar (1999)
dir. Tom Cairns
Old Vic
Touching, intimate, rude and sweet - in the Old Vic? Yup.


Mustapha Matura (1982)
dir. Dan Barnard
Arcola Studio 2
Caribbean history, tradition and food explored in wry kitchen comedy.


Mojo Mickybo
Owen McCafferty (1998)
dir. Jonathan Humphreys
Arcola 2
The Irish Troubles as child's play.


Yael Farber (?2004)
after Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus
dir. the writer
Oxford Playhouse
Heart-stopping and extreme. The war between Electra and Clytemnestra played out before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Robert Lepage/ Ex Machina/ Culture Industry/ Northern Stage/ Theatre Sans Frontieres (2007)
Northern Stage
Lepage marshals extraordinary forces in work-in-process exploration of the human voice.


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