Read more about the article REVIEW: Paradise, Olivier National Theatre (2021)
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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Michael Balogun as Delroy (Photo: Spencer Murphy)

REVIEW: Death of England: Delroy, Olivier National Theatre. Film on Sky Arts, Autumn 2021

Michael Balogan shows a terrific range, a bravura performance and his alienation is a real cause for sadness. You feel in this play the disappointing human experience that has gone in to writing, directing and acting in it.

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