Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein opened last night at the Royal Opera House.  A must see for all.  5 stars.

Tickets available now via Royal Opera House.

Sarah Southern



When Cleansed came to stage in February there were reports of people fainting, walking out and generally being appalled by the gruesomeness of what was on stage.  I’d half forgotten this when I booked to see this on a Wednesday afternoon.  I’d perhaps not got into the right zone to watch so much violence and nudity.

The play, written by Sarah Kane, was originally performed at the Royal Court in the late 1990s.  The revival at the National Theatre has received some mixed reviews (Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator) yet I quite enjoyed it.  The nudity just made me wonder how naked the actors had to get in rehearsals and when two actors swapped underwear whether this was really hygienic.  Nudity has perhaps had its day as shocking.  The sad-masocistic torture left me in shocked and the shooting of rats with a gun genuinely made my heart skip a beat.

The audience was incredibly young, perhaps as it was a Wednesday matinee.  But a real positive to see the majority of the seats filled with people under 30.

Cleansed closes on 5 May.  Tickets can be bought via National Theatre.

Sarah Southern

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, written by August Wilson in the early 1980s, has been revived by the National Theatre.  It follows the story of Ma Rainey and her band at a recording studio in Chicago, set in the 1920s.

Tickets are available at the National Theatre until 18 May.

Reviews: Telegraph, Guardian, The Stage, Time Out

Sarah Southern