Ian Foster

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Reviews (5)
85
There Ought To Be Clowns

"Aguirre-Sacasa has adapted Ellis’ novel of amorality into a tautly entertaining tale that both mocks the period but also subversively questions the whole narrative…Underpinning the story is the glossily electronica-heavy score from Duncan Sheik of which I have to say I am a big fan…Yes, the show feels a bit like empty calories, it hasn’t much depth to it in the final analysis but like candy floss, it is hugely, hugely satisfying in the consumption." Full Review

85
There Ought To Be Clowns

for a previous production "Setting the show as a performance by women prisoners has its strengths and weaknesses. It allows for cleverness but also has a restrictive sense about it. In these post-'Orange is the New Black' times, the bar has been raised in terms of nuanced stories about convicts...Still, there’s much to appreciate and admire here." Full Review

85
There Ought To Be Clowns

for a previous production "The tight focus of the play, just two prison visits between the pair are covered albeit across a period of six years, means that there is the occasional lull where similar ground is retrodden and the pace slips a little...The sharp intelligence of the text, the genuinely thought-provoking nature of the subject matter and its brave ambiguity in place of easy moral judgement makes it a mesmerising watch and a privileged opportunity to watch such great acting up close." Full Review

90
There Ought To Be Clowns

for a previous production "Tumbling dreamily into the world of Japanese magic realism, Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular production is one of the more visually striking plays of the year...Marching very much to the beat of its own drum, Ninagawa defies notions of theatrical logic as we might see them and even if it isn’t always completely successful, it is most thrilling to watch." Full Review

90
There Ought To Be Clowns

for a previous production "Many a play purports to send chills down the spine but precious few actually manage the act of setting the hairs on end with moments of genuine chilling revelation. But Cuddles, Joseph Wilde’s first full-length play managed just that with its pervasive air of dark fantasy gone wrong and one of the most shocking moments one will probably see all year in a theatre...a flawed gem of a production that won’t be easily forgotten." Full Review