Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Last of The Haussmans - review

Written by: Wendy (Wendyfer1)

National Theatre (Lyttleton), London

The Last of The Haussmans is the debut play of RADA graduate Stephen Beresford. Set around the final years of hippie veteran Judy (Julie Walters), the play is a tribute to the legacy of the swinging 60s mind-set and the generation that made the era. The programme is graced with cultural commentary from figures such as John Lennon, Arthur Marwick and Jenny Diski, highlighting the beginning of sexual liberation, youth culture and activism.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Ménage a Trois - review

Written by: Seona McClintock (@seonamcclintock)

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

The Unlimited festival, a season of arts events that ran alongside the Paralympic Games, had similar aims: to celebrate diversity, promote awareness and discussion and provide a platform for inspiring artists. So in the true spirit of inclusion, all the wheelchair users arriving at the Queen Elizabeth Hall were segregated into a dingy bar by the back door, so small that gridlock resulted when everyone tried to get to their seats. As an equally neglected ‘press’ person I found myself in the same place, an afterthought alongside the very people the performance is dedicated to and that it celebrates.