“Olivier, Hall, and Nunn had it easy. Norris has it all to do.” As Rufus Norris comes under attack, Fergus Morgan explores the troublesome business of theatre and nation building.
The novelist and critic John Berger died at the beginning of this year. Here, Richard Turney explores his work’s “porous and fertile border” with the theatre world, and his influence on Chris Goode and Simon McBurney.
“At any other time it would have been enough to just roll one’s eyes and move on. Not anymore.” Dramaturg and academic Duška Radosavljević responds to David Hare’s tirade against European-influenced director’s theatre.
After two decades of writing about performance, Maddy Costa is taking a frightening leap into writing for the stage. She explains why Crew For Calais’s work inspired her to tell the stories of last year’s chaotic refugee camp clearances.
Playwright and passionate Doctor Who fan Tim Foley argues that it’s time that sci-fi in theatre came of age, ahead of his post-Brexit dystopia Astronauts of Hartlepool.
Josh Coates and Emma Geraghty of Powder Keg talk to James Varney about Morale is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) and making theatre at a time of political uncertainty.
Jo Clifford’s ecstatic show ‘Jesus, Queen of Heaven’ brought together christian imagery and trans politics. Here, she writes about the transformative ideas she discovered while translating ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ for Manchester Royal Exchange and Graeae.
As US/Them opens at the National Theatre, writer and director Carly Wijs talks to Rosemary Waugh about sex, censorship and making theatre for children.
Vault Festival opens this week. Here’s Vault director Tim Wilson on why this year’s shows are looking to the future, with a dedicated strand of space-themed work.
Steakhouse Live’s Longer, Wetter, Faster, Better is a festival of new radical and queer performance art. As part of a pilot writing project organised by academics Bojana Jankovic and Diana Damian Martin, three writers reflect on the ideas raised by the anarchy, glitter and politics of its performances.
Gillian Greer interviews the Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Katherine Soper about the difficulties of surviving as a young writer, zero hours contracts, and the media response that characterised her as a ‘perfume seller’.
Last month, debates on online theatre criticism raged after incendiary pieces by Michael Billington and Matt Trueman. In their wake, critics and academics Duška Radosavljević, Mark Fisher and Karen Fricker hold an international conversation about theatre, democracy and the role of criticality.
What do we do if the world doesn’t end? Andy Field, co-director of Forest Fringe, considers history and community in Maribor. This is the last in a series of dispatches from Urban Heat – a project exploring the future of theatre’s engagement with urban space and communities.
The New York critics name the 2016 shows that will linger in their minds well into 2017.
Icke, Rice, light-up trainers and malfunctioning spaceships: we’ve seen it all this year. Here are Exeunt’s favourite London shows of 2016, as chosen by collective vote.