Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: White Rose

When you hear the rousing tune of the State Anthem of the Russian Federation, you know you’ve stepped into a play about the Russian contribution to Germany’s defeat in the Second World War. However, rather than focus on the ground conflict, ‘White Rose’ tells the story of the female fighter pilots, including ‘Double Ace’ Lily Litvak. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: White Rose”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Very Pleasant Sensations

‘Screw Maximilian!’ Michael York exclaims, playing the novelist Christopher Isherwood in the 1972 film adaptation of the musical ‘Cabaret’.  ‘I do’ Liza Minnelli (as Sally Bowles) retorts with honesty and venom. ‘So do I’ is Isherwood’s brutal and brilliant reply. ‘Very Pleasant Sensations’ is a play secured around these terribly witty homoerotic exchanges. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Very Pleasant Sensations”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel

Brian Friel said, in an interview in 1973, ‘Very often an accident in history will bring about a meeting point, a kind of fusion for you. And this is what happened. This is a play about poverty.’ As we pass into the second week of Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season, we see another politically driven play focusing around a small number of individuals. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: A Butcher of Distinction

‘A Butcher of Distinction’ is a play you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. The second week of Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Showcase has a much more violent feel about it than the shows of the first. There’s an intense intimacy with the stage and actors that borders on the uncomfortable. You may know ‘A Butcher of Distinction’ from its original run at the Cock Tavern in 2011, from where it transferred to the King’s Head. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: A Butcher of Distinction”