Review: Circa, Old Red Lion Theatre

Tom Ratcliffe’s Circa feels just too fragmentary and ephemeral at the Old Red Lion Theatre to really convince

“Most people get to be happy with one person. I don’t see why I should have it any different”

I was a big fan of Tom Ratcliffe’s VELVET at the VAULT Festival and so was intrigued to catch this production of his debut play Circa at the Old Red Lion Theatre. But where VELVET taps right into contemporary culture with its gay perspective on the #MeToo era, Circa feels curiously dated.

The play follows the amorous adventures of a gay man at different stages in his life, ostensibly tracking the way in which gay relationships have developed over the decades. It’s a nifty conceit but one which struggles to come to full fruition here, one man’s shags over 30 years not necessarily equating to the evolution of modern gay life. Continue reading “Review: Circa, Old Red Lion Theatre”

Review: Always Right There, RADA Festival

As the third headline show in the RADA Festival, Always Right There doesn’t quite hit the mark despite the best of intentions

“Had he really anything really wrong at all?”

It is always tricky to respond to a piece that doesn’t quite work for you. And when it is one that is as suffused in the #MeToo movement as Natalia Rossetti’s Always Right There is, it is even more so, I’m a cis man as well FFS. So how to step around such an issue? As sensitively as possible and acknowledging any inherent bias.

As the third of the headline shows at this year’s RADA Festival, it is clear that much work has gone into the show. Rossetti’s focus is on sexual harassment, at the level that seemingly permeates every level of society and yet is not deemed serious enough (for the most part) to be worth reporting. These are delivered in vignettes from the participants of a spin class and broken up by slices of everyday dialogue between two millenial flatmates. Continue reading “Review: Always Right There, RADA Festival”