Ah, Wilderness! Young Vic – Not a Coming of Age Tragedy by Eugene O’neil

As a definite groupie of Eugene O’Neil, I was very much looking forward to the one and only humorous work written by the great American playwright and found that while I did enjoy the evening, I would most definitely not call this a comedy as it was a little short of laughs. Set in a […]

The Valley of Astonishment, Young Vic – It’s a reminder to us all that whatever our experience at any moment, there is, in Shakespeare’s terms, ‘a world elsewhere’.

In a recent article in the FT, Brook is quoted as saying that his “only aim in the theatre is that people, after the experience of one or two hours together, in some way leave more confident with life than when they came in”.  It is a worthwhile goal and no one could accuse the […]

A View from the Bridge, Young Vic – A powerful revival of Miller’s classic where lust and betrayal lead to destruction.

This production of A View from the Bridge comes from the Belgian experimental director Ivo Van Hove and what a difference this makes.  In this pared down production, Arthur Miller‘s tragedy is played on an almost boxing-ring like set with no allowance for time and place.  This is the story of the Brooklyn longshoreman, Eddie Carbone […]

Happy Days, Young Vic – What matter, that’s what I always say, it will have been a happy day.

Samuel Becket‘s 1960s play is a mountain of a challenge for any actress to take on and it must be said that Juliet Stevenson, as Winnie, the impossibly ebullient housewife, embodies the role perfectly.  Reminiscent of the seaside though completely surrealistic, we encounter Winnie asleep, buried in the earth, up to her waist. Winnie follows […]