Some play I have loved this year
Islington Community Theatre @ Park Theatre, National Theatre, iPlayer
Because I couldn’t love anyone who didn’t love this.
Learning How To Die
Luca Rutherford @ Ovalhouse
Because of how she stood up to her grief.
Some People Talk About Violence
Barrel Organ @ New Diorama, CPT
Because they’re really a band.
Men In The Cities
Chris Goode @ Royal Court
Because of the ferocity, and the ending (and not just because I’m in it).
Fin Kennedy & Melly Still, Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre
Because it made me itch with suspense, and brilliant young people.
The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven
Jo Clifford @ Summerhall
Because it left me in a place where I had the loveliest conversation with a friend.
People Places & Things
Duncan Macmillan, Headlong & NT
Because of the pivot on ’Lucy’, and Denise Gough.
Lanark (acts 2 and 3)
David Greig, EIF @ Royal Lyceum
Despite almost walking out after Act 1, and because Sandy Grierson.
Breach Theatre @ C Venues
Because smartest political theatre (and not just because how the internet got me a ticket).
Like You Were Before
Deborah Pearson @ BAC
Because it was transcendent.
Me & Mr C
Gary Kitching, Greyscale @ Oval House
Because it made me laugh hard (and not just because my worst job ever ended up as Gary working in Pigworld).
Harry Giles and Adam Dixon @ Coney HQ
Because it was the most fun playing I have had in an aeon.
@ The Proud Archivist
Because I got in by serendipity, and he happened to read me the most important thing I have learnt in decades.