Grenfell, Horrible Histories and Brokeback Mountain
Featuring reviews on National Theatre’s Grenfell, Tudor Englands’s Horrible Histories and the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain.
Step into the realm of impactful theatre as we dive into the latest podcast episode. We begin by exploring Grenfell: in the words of survivors at the National Theatre. This potent verbatim play directly draws from the testimonies of residents at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. With six years having passed since the devastating event, the interviews with survivors and bereaved individuals lay bare the shocking impact of the failures that led to this national disaster. Gillian Slovo skillfully weaves these voices into a narrative that urgently raises questions about prevention and justice. Co-directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Anthony Simpson-Pike, the play delves into the resilience of a community fighting for justice, forming a crucial part of the National Theatre’s ongoing creative engagement with North Kensington.
Switching gears, we plunge into the dynamic world of Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors. Back by popular demand for a second year, this West End hit vividly brings history to life with humor and grisly details. From the notorious Henries to the treacherous reign of Elizabeth, audiences are treated to legends, lies, and the most gruesome aspects of the torturous Tudors. Brace for headless wives, punch-ups with the Pope, Bloody Mary, and even surviving the Spanish Armada. It’s a history lesson with an entertaining twist that promises both laughs and enlightenment.
Concluding our episode, we delve into the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain, a poignant new play with music based on Annie Proulx’s acclaimed short story. Directed by Jonathan Butterell, the production stars Broadway and silver screen talents Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges, both making their West End debuts. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of 1963 Wyoming, where Ennis and Jack’s lives undergo profound transformation during their time working on Brokeback Mountain. Dan Gillespie Sells‘ emotionally charged Country and Western songs elegantly underscore this tale of forbidden love and its heartrending consequences over two decades. The production also features the remarkable Eddi Reader and her onstage Country and Western band, adding an extra layer of musical depth.
Prepare to immerse yourself in these thought-provoking and captivating theatrical experiences in our latest episode.