14 December 2014 Daisy Pulls It Off (a play by Denise Deegan) The Park Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack. Star rating **** I really must be careful. Giving away the slightest hint of a plot-spoiler for this perfectly spiffing production could have me labelled a sneak by the “babes” of the Second Form and “sent
07 December 2017 King Tut: A Pyramid Panto by Charles Court Opera The King’s Head Theatre, Islington reviewed by Adam McCormack Star rating: **** There are two reasons (at least) why people have stopped going to panto. One is that we are an ageing population and, without a young person to take, there is little
30 November 2017 Barber Shop Chronicles (a play by Inua Ellams) The Dorfman Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack Star rating: **** For some of us a visit to the barber’s is a purely functional exercise where, at best, the level of discussion might hit the heights of holiday destinations. However, for five communities in Africa
30 November 2017 Battle of the Sexes A film by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris reviewed by Adam McCormack Star Rating: *** Women’s professional tennis has come a long way. In the early 1970’s the prize money available to women at USLTA events was a mere fraction of that paid to the men, and in
23 November 2017 Mudbound. A film by Dee Rees Reviewed by Adam McCormack Star rating: **** Based on a 2008 novel by Hillary Jordan, Mudbound tells the story of two families, one white, the other black, trying to cope with the consequences of war, extreme weather and economic hardship in rural Mississippi in the 1940s.
23 November 2017 The Secondary Victim (a play by Matthew Campling) The Park Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack Stars: **** Mud sticks. It seems that there is no profession that has escaped the wave of accusations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, and even innocent people fear a stain that remains on their reputation. It seems ironic
16 November 2017 Network (a play by Lee Hall) The National Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack Star rating **** The last few years have seen a number of notable parting shots. Liam Byrne’s “I’m afraid there is no money” for the new Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2010 and more recently the switching off of
09 November 2017 The Retreat by Sam Bain The Park Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack. Stars: *** Have you ever really wanted to get away from it all; to cleanse yourself of all emotional baggage? Luke (Samuel Anderson) is attempting to do just this by entering a three-month Buddhist retreat in a remote part of
02 November 2017 Three Mothers (a play by Matilda Velevitch) Waterloo East Theatre Reviewed by Adam McCormack Star rating **** To tackle the issue of migration is to tread on sensitive and potentially dangerous ground. Compassion for refugees forced out of their home is not always equally conferred on economic migrants seeking a better life.
26 October 2017 Young Marx (by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman) The Bridge Theatre reviewed by Adam McCormack Stars: **** The danger in reviewing a new play at a brand new theatre is that one focuses too much on the theatre and not on the play. However, the process is much easier when both are