Theatre FootNotes for February 2019 – a brief summary of other theatre events in my diary

GLOBAL FEMALE VOICES (Arcola) Extracts of five plays debut in the UK in a one-night only reading event , launching the pioneering Global Voices Theatre company created by rising star Lora Krasteva. Plays selected from a global submission of 93 works and curated by East London artist Fauve Alice.

LIPA Graduating Students London Showcase (Trafalgar Studios). Always worth checking out the talent pouring from the Uni that brought us Adam Penford (Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse) and Selladoor’s founders David Hutchinson and Phillip Rowntree as well as the brilliant director Jamie Lloyd, to name just a few.

BARE- LAMDA students’ graduation musical (LAMDA). Good performances in interesting youth-focussed musical, soon to be professionally presented in London.

KEITH? (Arcola)”Tartuffe” put in a blender with lumpy results. A few really funny lines and some good acting but, sadly, too flimsy to stand up.

EDEN (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) Trump-style “property war” play which in my opinion hasn’t enough new to say or depth of character to give the diligent cast much to work with.

THE AMERICAN CLOCK (Old Vic) The third production I have seen in London (after the National debut in 1986 and the tiny Finborough in 2012) and this is (sadly) the least effective. Clarke Peters reaps whatever plaudits can be salvaged for standing in at late notice.

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