Rhona Foulis

July 2006

Avenue Q

Lopez and Marx part-parody and part-celebrate the notion of ‘finding oneself’. The audience is won over by the sheer fun and entertaining wit of the show enough that we forgive its soft-centred message. Life sucks, but hang in there, because fantasies can come true.

June 2006

Market Boy

The six-year span of the play parallels Boy’s development with that of the market place and the political landscape of Britain in the 1980s. The audience can enjoy its empathetic identification with Market Boy’s maturation, but the journey - and therefore Eldridge’s plot - is a predictable one.

March 2006

Burn, Chatroom

Both plays seriously invest in the experiences of young people, giving centre stage to their subjects. The Connections transfer to the National holds up these plays as theatre for everyone, and there’s something very right about that indeed.


Year 10

In this hard-hitting play, the school playground is a terrifying place of bullying, drugs, homophobia, racism and sexual conquests, with the teachers either passive or powerless. Vinnicombe paints an alarmingly real picture of the issues of adolescence, but not the adolescents themselves.


Christmas is Miles Away

Despite the ambling pace of Sarah Frankcom’s production, Christmas sparkles in its emotional truth. At the end, Luke feels ‘older, but not in a good way, not mature or wise.’ This is a play about the value of youth for living and failing freely, ‘before you’ve got to do it all for real’.

January 2006

Gem of the Ocean

Here, the subject of slavery spans concepts of faith, religion, freedom, reason and law. Paulette Randall’s powerful production elicits terrific performances from this repertory cast. By maximising the impact of humour, drama and pathos - the ingredients of any great play, Randall sustains her audience’s focus.

December 2005

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime both mocks and indulges in the whims, frivolities and celebrity culture of the 1920s Hollywood industry. All that glisters is not gold, and that certainly goes for this Edward Hall production.


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