Martin McDonagh’s black comedy ‘The Pillowman’ saw the directorial debut of Mermaids regular Miles Hurley. It was the story of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a totalitarian state, brought in for interrogation about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of graphic child murders occurring in his town.
Theresa Rebeck’s Spike Heels went up in the Barron theatre on the 17th and 18th of March without the audience it deserved. Notable for the way in which it handles the issue of sexual harassment alongside its comic underpinnings, the show was definitely a tough sell. Yet, director Addie Gray deftly navigated these issues of workplace harassment and sexual politics, even if she couldn’t avoid the show’s rather divisive ending.
Opening the 2016 Freshers’ Festival Punk Rock had all the right ideas. Although the show could have done with some editing down, director Isi Webb-Jenkins was evidently keen to let us know she has a lot of ideas to offer.
Written and directed by student Tessa King – All My Best, which went up on Friday 30th and Saturday 1st of October in the Barron Theatre, was a bold first step by King and her production team. Centring on the domestic family drama that is born out of the death of an identical twin sister, All My Best follows the remaining sister, Macy, as she tries to cope with her grief.
Filling the Wednesday and Thursday night slots in the Freshers Drama Festival, ‘Black Comedy’ was a roaring success.