The finalists of The ONCOMMs 2022

The OnComm is the new award for online shows from across the UK (and beyond) and was introduced in
May 2020. 

GAYATRI The Royal Queen Consort of the Majapahit Kingdom /  7evenotes Production / Alexander Triyono & mhyajo / Available via
The Black CatThreedumb Theatre / The Space / Unfortunately this show is no longer available.
TrestleOVO Productions / Maltings Theatre / View until 10 April at

A Brief List of Everyone Who Died / Patch of Blue / Finborough / View at
Talking Gods (series of 5 plays) / Arrows & Traps / View at
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life / Keith Alessi / View at
Touchy / 20 Stories High / View via Continue reading “The finalists of The ONCOMMs 2022”

Review: Trestle, Maltings Theatre online

Stewart Pringle’s beautiful two-hander Trestle is revived digitally and delectably by Matthew Parker for Maltings Theatre

“I want you to do something for me”

I loved Stewart Pringle’s Papatango-winning play when I saw it at the Southwark Playhouse back in 2017, so the news that Matthew Parker would be reviving Trestle for the Maltings Theatre in St Albans was a bright spot last year. They even managed to get into rehearsals for an IRL run late last year but whilst lockdown put the kybosh on that, the production has elegantly turned digital with Simon Nicholas’ set capturing much that is so recognisable from those born of village life.

And whilst I knew it would still resonate thematically – such os the quality of Pringle’s writing – I wasn’t quite as prepared for how differently it would hit in pandemic times. Notions of loneliness and how difficult it can be to admit that to oneself punch so much harder. And the idea that relationships can accrue from momentary but regular contact with people has never felt more real – my longest-standing in-person relationship for the last year is with the mobile florist I buy from every Friday (hey Roka!). Continue reading “Review: Trestle, Maltings Theatre online”

Review: I Wish To Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide, Finborough Theatre

“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Rather than being spoken, this quote – taken from a 1939 speech by Adolf Hitler – is projected onto the rear wall of the Finborough as you enter, setting the tone for this sobering piece of documentary theatre. Neil McPherson’s I Wish To Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide is pulled together from a range of sources – eyewitness accounts and personal testimonies, the worlds of academia and poetry, photographs and music, Cher and Kim Kardashian – to mark the precise centenary of the beginnings of the events that later inspired the coining of the very word ‘genocide’ by Raphael Lemkin.

From the history lecture-like beginnings that cover the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of a Turkish Republic whose rabid nationalism saw them enter the First World War on the sides of the Germans, to the searing pain of an old man reclaiming long-buried memories of being in the middle of a human catastrophe, Tommo Fowler’s production makes no attempt to sugarcoat this particularly bitter pill. The details of the deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and the desert concentration camps to which they were forced to walk are laid out before us, their story told compassionately but clear-sightedly. Continue reading “Review: I Wish To Die Singing – Voices from the Armenian Genocide, Finborough Theatre”