The woods for the trees: James Varney writes on scale and perspective in James Monaghan’s solo piece, from his viewpoint as an embedded critic.
‘Its polemic is potent’: James Varney writes on a science fiction performance about structural Islamophobia by Outside the Frame Arts.
“I hope it’s stupid”: James Varney on the skill of being an idiot in a Dutch company’s tribute to the great entertainers.
James Varney interviews performance-maker Jackie Hagan about access and telling the stories of “real people who are having a hard time”
Skirting around sharp edges: James Varney reviews an all-male production of Jean Genet’s The Maids which doesn’t quite deliver on its promises.
‘A myth sceptical of myths’: James Varney writes on place and ownership in Chris Thorpe’s cycle of contemporary Mystery plays.
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.
The oldest hath borne most: James Varney reviews Michael Buffong’s production of Shakespeare.
“Monopolising on misery… without any commentary or attempt at solution or alternative.” James Varney reviews Breach’s The Beanfield.
Pseudo-defensively connive an impenetrable form to write your review in…
This play is a gallery exhibition of femininity, striving in the face of that hugely broken thing – masculinity – to which even today we seem to have no cure.
James Varney reviews “a magpie approach to queering the Bible.”
Trauma and love hold together Jack Thorne’s The Solid Life of Sugar Water.
“There’s some untouchable strength in the experience of this show, like a bottle of rage.” James Varney reviews Jamal Gerald’s show in Manchester.
Yusra Warsama excels in a show that is “dragging up chains of trauma, soaked in violent pasts and present.”