Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig at Northern Stage, Newcastle

For the next few days you can catch English Touring Theatre‘s latest production ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ at Newcastle’s Northern Stage before the tour continues to Manchester. The production is an adaptation of Matt Haig’s bestseller which takes a journey through the depths of his depression and out to the other side. It doesn’t sound… Read More Theatre Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Theatre Review – Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ at Northern Stage

By Ken Powell Newcastle’s Northern Stage bills this production as a comedy – and it is, gloriously so. But beware, you’ll want tissues aplenty as this adaptation of Nigel Slater’s childhood biography is a painful tearjerker. The play (written by Henry Filloux-Bennett) takes us from Slater’s memories of cooking with his mother through to his… Read More Theatre Review – Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ at Northern Stage

Theatre Review: Equus by Peter Shaffer at Northern Stage, Newcastle

The English Touring Theatre (ETT) have just completed their time at Newcastle’s Northern Stage before continuing on to a run at Guildford performing Peter Shaffer’s ‘Equus’. It is a superb production. The subject matter is dark and based on an actual real event – a boy blinds several horses with a poker in a single… Read More Theatre Review: Equus by Peter Shaffer at Northern Stage, Newcastle

Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Originally published in Lancashire Life Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire By Ken Powell The English Touring Theatre (ETT) have come to the Lake District’s Theatre by the Lake (TBTL) to present a new version of Tennessee William’s classic ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘. Just as the themes of the play are difficult (Williams didn’t believe… Read More Theatre Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Theatre Review: Maya’s Honeymoons by Jesmin Chowdhury

This review was first published in the New Age newspaper in Bangladesh, 2nd December 2016. Click here to see the original. Theatre Review: Maya’s Honeymoons – Sunday 20th November, Brady Arts Centre, London By Ken Powell It is no easy ask to present a play tackling a subject a whole community prefers to remain silent… Read More Theatre Review: Maya’s Honeymoons by Jesmin Chowdhury

Theatre Review: Bangla Brummies by Murad Khan

Originally published onĀ Kenthinksaloud   ‘Bangla Brummies’ is a comedy written by Bangladeshi theatre activist and writer, Murad Khan. The action is set in Birmingham but alternates between life in the 1970s and the present, following the stories of two Muslim Bangladeshi bachelor friends, Malik and Hisham, as they marry and become fathers. Through the comic… Read More Theatre Review: Bangla Brummies by Murad Khan