Read more about the article REVIEW: Sweat, Donmar Warehouse (2018)
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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Rochelle Neil as Mayme and Tanya Moodie as Esther (Photo: Simon Annand)

REVIEW: Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre (2014)

This is a superb play with well delineated, convincing characters delivering subtle nuances of emotion. I'd happily sit through it again and it deserves to be sold out many times over for Nottage's skillful writing, Moodie's brilliant performance and Boswell's clever direction. Bravo!

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Pippa Bennett-Warner as Sophie and Kehinde Fadipe as Josephine (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

REVIEW: Ruined, Almeida Theatre (2010)

Lynn Nottage's play Ruined about the Congolese women who are caught up in the warfare is a not to be missed theatrical experience. It is both disturbing and violent as we learn about their existence. The word harrowing is overused but Lynn Nottage's play describes the inhumanity towards the families and bystanders in a war zone.

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