by David McShane Polly Stenham made her name at 19 with That Face, an examination of the barbarism lurking within a middle class family. Now 27, Stenham’s Hotel is on in the National Theatre’s Shed. At first it seems to be an updated That Face. The first half of Hotel is the comedy of a … Continue reading REVIEW: HOTEL
By David McShane Sheffield Theaters (awarded Best Regional Theatre in 2013) are currently in the throes of a Brian Friel season. Friel, still alive and well in Donegal, Ireland, writes plays which overflow with appeal on every level; history, mirth and theatrical experimentation are but a few items which are frequently whipped around in his … Continue reading Review: Brian Friel Season
Hofesh Shechter's wild and unique show Sun ran for only three days at Sadler's Wells in London. For those who saw it, it was unforgettable. Shechter's brand of contemporary dance provides more than a show, it is an experience. Writing both the movement and the music, Shechter builds on repetition and stop-and-start choreography to produce a … Continue reading Hofesh Shecter’s ‘Sun’
By David McShane ... the rough, unpolished physical world was taking on a mystic allure. (Maddaddam, Margaret Atwood) They were downstairs. The transvestite singer was compelling. I was alone. In a radioactive desert. By a congregation of straw people. With a black-clad woman, no, witch - she’s creating some mystic concoction. I lean over the … Continue reading The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable.
By David McShane You might have noticed it. It’s next to the National Theatre. It’s called The Shed. The National Theatre looks like what I imagine a ‘theatre’ to look like: The Shed, not so much. It looks like, well… a shed. The theatrical equivalent of the kind you find hidden in the grounds of … Continue reading Sea Wall @ The Shed, London