AYT: THEATRE REVIEW: Harrogate, Pumphouse (HighTide Festival)

Originally published on A Younger Theatre
Harrogate- (c) Nobby Clark
(c) Nobby Clark

On a clean white stage, a father and daughter engage in banter about Little Mix, his lack of cleaning skills, and her refusal to buy the ‘right’ school shoes. He keeps her in line, but lets her have a swig of Bailey’s when her mum’s not looking. So far, so relatively normal. Yet all is not as it seems, and this world premiere of Al Smith’s play weaves a twisted web of unspoken and unspeakable thoughts in a family unit hanging by a thread.Read More »

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AYT: THEATRE REVIEW: Brenda, Aldeburgh Parish Church (HighTide Festival)

Originally published on A Younger Theatre

Brenda - HighTide Festival (c) Nobby ClarkThe writers at this year’s HighTide Festival seem to love a prolonged silence to start: Luke Norris does it in So Here We Are, and in Brenda E V Crowe utilises the same trick of making her audience wait for any dialogue. It creates anticipation, consternation, discomfort: as an audience, we don’t quite know how to react. However, when Brenda does get going, not much more is clarified.

Crowe’s new work explores ideas of identity and humanity: is it our bodily presence that makes us a person, our emotions or maybe our relationships?Read More »

AYT: THEATRE REVIEW: So Here We Are, Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall (HighTide Festival)

Originally published on A Younger Theatre
© Nobby Clark
© Nobby Clark

Winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Luke Norris’s debut play is now co-produced with the Royal Exchange Theatre and is heading for a Manchester transfer later this month. It’s great to see this piece continuing to develop and receive wider audiences: while it’s very much a play of two halves – with varying success – there is a lot of heart and plenty of promise in this work about a group of young men on the brink of the rest of their lives.

On first impression, the group of four friends have a rather Inbetweeners-esque relationship:Read More »