★★★★ Bitingly Funny in Bradford

Simon Ward reviews Combustion at the Arcola Theatre If presented with the premise of a four-hander play set in a Bradford garage, one might demur.  Adding in an English Defence League thug would scarcely make it seem more palatable.  Yet Combustion explodes such expectations.  It is a triumph: […]

★★★★ Snappy and Sincere

Abigail Bryant reviews Snapshot at the Hope Theatre Snapshot, written by George Johnston and directed by James McAndrew, is 75 minutes of incredibly immersive and captivating drama, exploring the complex relations between three twenty-somethings living in modern-day London. With non-linear chronology and snappy scene changes, the audience has […]

★ Bungling Attempt at Satire

Abigail Bryant reviews Lottery at the Pleasance Lottery starts out with potential and intrigue, but unfortunately loses it’s way and spirals into a production that is all bark and no bite. Unfortunately for all (especially the suited and hot-pink booted cast), the Pleasance theatre does not cater well […]

Class Privilege, Gentrification and Contemporary Gay Culture: James McAndrew discusses his production of George Johnston’s new play, Snapshot.

Abigail Bryant interviews director James McAndrew Firstly, congratulations on directing your first, full-length new play. Are you excited for its showcase at the Hope Theatre?  Incredibly excited. I’m very lucky to have such a challenging play to work on, and to have such an amazing team of cast […]