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Leonie Elliot as Hortense in Small Island (Photo: Johan Persson)

REVIEW: Small Island, Olivier Theatre, National (2022)

Spectacular Staging of the Windrush Generation "Paved with gold, no - but, yes, diamonds appear on the ground in the rain” Gilbert Leonie Elliot as Hortense in Small Island (Photo: Johan…

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LizCarr as Dr Emma Brookner and Ben Daniels as Ned Weeks (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: The Normal Heart, Olivier, National Theatre (2021)

The play opens with a silent funereal tribute with the whole cast gathered around a flame in a brazier.  As the brazier is raised to the flies, a furious party ensues with disco music.  In Scene 1 in July 1981 we see Craig Donner (Elander Moore) terrified at his diagnosis.  Craig Donner is barely out of his teens and he is frightened and shaking with emotion.  An older man David (Richard Cant) has dark lesions on his face. 

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Gloria Obianyo and the cast of Paradise (Photo: Helen Murray)

REVIEW: Paradise, Olivier National Theatre (2021)

At the death of Heracles, his friend Philoctetes was the only one to come forward to light the funeral pyre.  In return Philoctetes was given Heracles magical bow and arrows.  In the middle of the Trojan wars which went on for decades, Philoctetes was bitten by a snake and his leg turned rancid.   The smell was so dreadful and noxious to the other sailors and soldiers that Odysseus abandoned Philoctetes on the island of Lemnos and set sail without him.  Ten years later Odysseus returns and this is where Kae Tempest's play begins. 

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