All articles by: Aleks Sierz

Theatre: Killer drama by crown prince

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Killer Shoreditch Town Hall, London One of the reasons that Philip Ridley is the crown prince of imaginative playwriting is that he came at theatre from leftfield. In the 1980s, …

Theatre: Revolution is back in season

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Lower Depths   Arcola Theatre, London Anniversaries are slippery things. This year is the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, but which of the two upheavals of that …

Theatre: Critical corrective and humanistic vision

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Us/Them National Theatre, London How do you stage appalling real-life events? I mean, without either being too luridly voyeuristic or too matter-of-factly journalistic? Maybe an oblique approach is the answer. …

Theatre: Love, but not all you need

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Love London The trouble with political theatre today is that it doesn’t have enough politics. Look at James Graham’s This House (currently at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End). …

Theatre: Monstrous power and fury

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Underneath Soho Theatre, London Our culture adores the beautiful, and is fascinated by the ugly. Especially the monstrous. In Pat Kinevane’s third solo play for Fishamble, the Dublin-based new play …

Theatre: Laughs and cruel truths

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Tonight with Donny Stixx Bunker Theatre, London Dead Funny VaudevilleTheatre, London Black humour seems to be the flavour of the month. Two plays, one a recent revival, the other from …

Theatre: Back to crisis decade

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Magnificence Finborough Theatre, London Where Do Little Birds Go?   Old Red Lion Theatre, London What we remember as the 1960s didn’t really get started until the early 1970s. So …

Theatre: An epic, energetic mix

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Oil Almeida Theatre, London Oil is so precious that it has been called black gold. It is buried deep in often inhospitable places yet it has the power to transform …

Theatre: Testaments of youth

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Pigeon English Ambassadors Theatre, London Girls Soho Theatre, London Youth in theatre equates with energy, but how young people are represented on stage may also be an index of social …

Theatre: Devil take the classics

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

No Man’s Land Wyndham’s Theatre, London Doctor Faustus Barbican Theatre, London   Revivals of classic plays are a staple of British theatre. But each time a play is revived questions …

Theatre: Predictable portrait of hopelessness

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Labyrinth Hampstead Theatre, London In past decades, the trouble with British theatre was that it wasn’t political. Nowadays the trouble is that there are plenty of political plays, but their …

Theatre: Tales of the exploited

Published: September 16, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Counting Stars Theatre Royal Stratford East, London If We Got Some More Cocaine… Old Red Lion Theatre, London What hope is there for society’s oppressed and the exploited? A pair …

Film world farce

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Unreachable Royal Court London Anthony Neilson has the reputation of being the bad boy of 1990s British theatre, making his mark with in-yer-face plays such as Penetrator, The Censor and …

Fiery female characters battle a lack of plot

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Screwed Theatre 503 London As the Brexit vote demonstrates, it is unwise to neglect the urban poor. While in contemporary culture, the working class is often demonised and laughed at, …

Fate of a whistle-blower

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Wild Hampstead Theatre London Edward Snowden is easier to respect than like. In 2013, the computer specialist and former CIA employee leaked more than 150,000 classified documents revealing US military …

Spirited metaphors

Published: June 27, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

LOVE N STUFF Theatre Royal, Stratford East London Writers are sometimes inspired by plays the rest of us have forgotten. I haven’t had a conscious thought about Marie Jones’s 1996 …

Sutch eccentricities

Published: May 28, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Monster Raving Loony Soho Theatre, London The Local Stigmatic Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Feminist classic revived

Published: April 30, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

My Mother Said I Never Should St James Theatre, London   Another World: Losing Our Children to Islamic State National Theatre, London   Usually, I prefer new plays to revivals, …