Union Theatre Southwark

Dec 22, 2011 by

There’s nothing like a bit of Alan Ayckbourn to get you in the mood for Christmas, even though the action in ‘Joking Apart‘ at the Union Theatre, Southwark begins on Bonfire Night. As always, Ayckbourn’s characters are distinct and extreme with gentle fun being poked at different groups and the audience’s mood lurching from laughter to pathos. The set cleverly and effectively created the garden of an Old Rectory and much of the action takes place off stage; always tricky but extremely well done here. The Union Theatre is a sweet homely venue, made under the railway arches  and also hosts a cafe. A bizarre telephone booking system, where you leave a message and they only phone you back if there’s a problem, is an indication of the small team running the theatre with...

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The Bush Theatre

Dec 6, 2011 by

I really appreciate working in London and being able to take advantage of so much innovative theatre. These are exciting times for the Bush, a writers’ theatre, having recently re-opened in their new venue, a converted library, just off Shepherds Bush Green. We were lucky to have the opportunity of attending a performance of ‘Where’s My Seat?’ by Deirdre Kinahan, Jack Thorne and Tom Wells, which ran for two weeks in June. Audience members were invited to contribute ideas and give their opinions about how the future theatre would look. We were able to comment on just about everything to do with the theatre, from layout, seating and types of play, to what kind of hand dryer to have in the toilets (They chose Veltio incidentally which is actually the best hand dryer ever,...

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