Rosemary Waugh

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Reviews (23)
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production At its best, this is a claustrophobic domestic drama ... But at its worst, it descends into a Frankensteinian melodrama with a poor sense of pacing and believability. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

The narrative is patchy, the script has a tendency to run to cliché...But, like Dylan’s own artistic output, it transcends. It succeeds in being emotionally true and compelling. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

But above all, the show is a whole lot of fun and a welcome injection of good summer feeling into the Christmas period. Full Review

Midnight Movie
Sloane Square
The Stage (UK)

Ambitious but opaque...It grasps the insularity of a mind ill at ease, trapped in a corporeal or online prison, but it never provides a route in, even for those who want to understand.' Full Review

Evita
Barbican
Time Out London

for a previous production Forget everything you know about ‘Evita’: this one properly rocks...Jamie Lloyd’s production wipes the gloss off Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical, creating a pumping, sped-up ‘Evita’ edged with dirt, rust and grime.' Full Review

Time Out London

Perhaps it’s a case of being a victim of its own successfully-made point: for a play about covering everything up, it certainly feels like we’re only getting the surface layer. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

All in, it’s mad as a shook-up box of frogs, crammed with hilarious lyrics and off-kilter humour. And all while delivering a beautiful message of friendship, happiness, ecological awareness, working together and loving bears. Lovely.' Full Review

The Stage (UK)

[This] production is a delectably dark and gothic-tinged take on Shakespeare’s comedy. The cast are uniformly excellent … By switching dreams for nightmares, Hill creates a bewitching spectacle. Full Review

Time Out London

Sue Townsend's classic story about a nerdy teen makes a solid West End musical...However much the musical makes clunky on-the-nose references to Greer-era feminism, it ends up feeling oddly Victorian in its values. And no one finds that charming. Full Review

Bronx Gothic
Southwark
The Stage (UK)

Breathtakingly hypnotic dance-theatre...Bronx Gothic is a masterpiece of physicality and endurance...It’s also a beguilingly clever piece of storytelling.' Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Basically, it’s a very ordinary story. But therein lies its beauty. As a drama it is both completely believable and – probably for many people – easy to relate to...the most beautiful thing of all is that this tale isn’t a tragedy.' Full Review

Richard II
Bankside
Time Out London

Andoh and Linton’s ‘Richard II’ is, on the whole, a quiet version – sometimes a little too quiet – but that’s because it doesn’t need to shout; its ideas emerge elegantly by themselves. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most notoriously difficult Shakespeare plays...Gaitanidi’s production, unfortunately, does exceptionally little to unravel its inherent problems or to make it a comprehensible, enjoyable piece of theatre.' Full Review

Scenes With Girls
Sloane Square
Time Out London

Battye rips away the padding that makes relationship stories boring, pinpointing the most painful bits with one biting word or look or phrase. And then she even makes a ‘happily ever after’ seem like way more than that.' Full Review

A Taste of Honey
West End
Time Out London

The NT’s classy touring revival of the Shelagh Delaney classic captures its melancholic heart. Full Review

Time Out London

Ravishing but safe RSC take on Shakespeare’s play about sex, power and surveillance in the Viennese court...This truly odd play is crying out for a director to really get under its skin...' Full Review

Time Out London

Sabrina Mahfouz’s ‘gig-lecture’ about water’s role in the history of the Middle East is entertainingly over-ambitious...the finished piece is bitty, flimsy and, in places, hard to follow.' Full Review

Two Ladies
London Bridge
The Stage (UK)

The production is competent enough, but it feels like a missed opportunity for two excellent actors to perform what, in theory, should be a fascinating play.' Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production Above all, the Fashion Freak Show captures the unapologetic fun of fashion and how this world has at times been a haven for people – particularly gay men – who didn’t fit in elsewhere.' Full Review

Rust
Shepherds Bush
The Stage (UK)

Maybe Emson’s point is that all relationships quickly gather ‘rust’, but instead of building on that observation, it ends up feeling like an overly cold and cynical portrayal of sex and love.' Full Review

Strange Fruit
Shepherds Bush
Time Out London

for a previous production As family dramas go, Caryl Phillips’s ‘Strange Fruit’ is at the epic end of the scale... it remains a story that reverberates, echoes and expands far outside the theatre walls.' Full Review

Time Out London

It’s a very interesting idea for a staging, especially as this part of history is under-represented, so it’s shame the finished piece works so badly...Basically, ‘the feels’ just aren’t here. And they should be.' Full Review

Going Through
Shepherds Bush
The Stage (UK)

Intricately woven and affectingly performed...above all, this is a tale of a mother’s love and devotion in a moment of absolute desperation.' Full Review