2016. It’s been real.
Luckily we’ve been fortunate enough to witness some incredible moments of theatre over the past year and what better way to remember the year gone by than with a 2016 listicle reminding us that humans are capable of incredible things…
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Following ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews and astounding responses at the Fringe in 2015, the fearless production based on Eimear McBride’s unflinching best-selling novel was described as “a courageously feminist production”.
Find out more about the production and its director, Annie Ryan in our Off Book podcast ⤵️
Charlene James’ award-winning script was brought to life by two “brilliant performances” from Adelayo Adedayo, Tsion Habte in Gbolahan Obisesan’s “searingly potent and devastatingly powerful” production.
Queens of Syria
Zoe Lafferty’s production was an extraordinary modern retelling of Euripides’ Trojan Women by a group of Syrian women, now refugees exiled in Jordan.
— Sonali Bhattacharyya (@fullfatchicken) July 8, 2016
Now We Are Here
Four true stories written and developed in collaboration with four refugees leaving you both heart-broken and inspired by a person’s ability to endure, survive and come out the other side fighting.
“Simple but starkly affecting – anyone still in any doubt about theatre’s ability to tackle the pressing stories of the day should acquaint themselves sharpish with the Young Vic’s wholly admirable Horizons season” – Evening Standard
Billie Piper. Simon Stone. Those Feels.
Read more about the “extraordinary theatrical triumph”.
Billie Piper plays #Yerma, ‘a modern woman who is suddenly suffocated and strangled by her ticking clock’ in #SimonStone’s radical adaptation of #Lorca’s masterpiece. There are more beautiful production shots by Johan Persson on our Facebook page. Runs at the YV now til 24 Sept. #youngvic #theatre #londontheatre #federicogarcíalorca #billiepiper #london #productionphotography #johanpersson #drama #play #production
Perhaps Ronke Adekoluejo put it best in her ‘gram of production photography, “This is Civil rights”. Roy Alexander Weise, winner of the JMK Award 2016, directed this revival of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winner about King’s last night on earth to critical and audience acclaim. #PassTheBaton
Activism. This is Civil rights. pic.twitter.com/2Ey7cxLcvB
— Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (@Ronkeee) October 19, 2016
A Man of Good Hope
The incredibly talented Isango Ensemble returned to the Young Vic, 8 years after their Olivier award-winning The Magic Flute, with an adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s book detailing one refugee’s epic quest across Africa. No words or praise does the performance justice so re-live the trailer below and listen to some of the music on Soundcloud.
Let’s hope 2017 makes us whole again with productions such as Joe Hill-Gibbin’s upcoming A Midsummer Night’s Dream, See Me Now a daring new production featuring and performed by sex workers, amongst others.
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