Read more about the article REVIEW: The Wife of Willesden, Kiln Theatre (2021)
Clare Perkins as Alvita (Photo: Marc Brenner)

REVIEW: The Wife of Willesden, Kiln Theatre (2021)

Yet large chunks of her Control Your Man toolkit are given to Alvita to voice without apparent irony or comment. Marry for money, Treat them mean, Deceive them, Shame them, Make them work hard at sex, (which for her appears to be exclusively heteronormative).  Above all, Take control. She nearly loses control over the Fifth husband, but finally breaks him and takes it back.

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Leanne Best as Jessie, Martha Plimpton as Tracey and Clare Perkins as Cynthia (Photo: Johan Persson)

REVIEW: Sweat, Donmar Warehouse (2018)

Set in Reading, Pennsylvania,Sweat looks at blue collar workers in America and how after years of toiling for the same company they lose their jobs to cheaper labour, from immigrant communities within the United States, or to the residents of Mexico. Reading is a steel town and like Sheffield, in the 1997 film The Full Monty, is one which finds it is losing jobs to cheaper producers abroad. Of course what Lynn Nottage is cleverly documenting is the reason behind the political success of Donald Trump in the 2016 election with the support of blue collar Americans.

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