Verity Healey

Verity Healey

Writes about theatre for TLE, Exeunt, Howlround + Belarus Free Theatre's Ministry of Counterculture.

Film maker. Follow me @verityrhealey

Theatre review: Precious Little Talent, Courtyard Theatre

Theatre review: Precious Little Talent, Courtyard Theatre

No one might have planned it quite this way but this vulnerable three-hander could not have come along at a more perfect time. Two baby boomers-Sam, a buoyant dreamy American and Joey, sad and lost in her Englishness-meet upon a rooftop overlooking New York. He’s all starry-eyed and full of...

Theatre Review: The Prisoner

The Prisoner’s precise. It’s as perfectly formed as a ripple caused by a stone dropping cleanly into a lake. It’s a play about what punishment should be. It asks who has the right to mete it out, what form it should take and tells us to be wary of impure...

An open letter to Oleg Sentsov

Filmmaker, writer and activist Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov is 94 days into a hunger strike after being sentenced to 20 years of hard labour on charges of plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea after the Russian Federation annexed it in March 2015.  He has allegedly been beaten and threatened with rape in...

Theatre review: Exit the King, National Theatre

Theatre review: Exit the King, National Theatre

Commonly seen as a theatre of the absurd play, Exit the King (this is a new version by Patrick Marber) is one of four by Eugène Ionesco where the main protagonist Berenger is written as a kind of Every Person. Though Ionesco is a towering presence in the history of...

Theatre review: Pity, Royal Court

Theatre review: Pity, Royal Court

Rory Mullarkey’s boundless satirical investigation into the nature of storytelling and role play is a reflection of the chaotic times we live in and a measure of the changing ways in which we use narrative and personal myth-making to navigate the modern world. Mullarkey’s writing has an ironic bite through...

Theatre Review: The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre

Theatre Review: The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre

The Jungle’s an urgent political immersive monumental piece of theatre set in an Afghan restaurant deep inside the Calais refugee camp, which was bulldozed to the ground by the French authorities in 2016. It’s a hypnotic play. Part documentary, part fiction, part activist, it gives voice to the stories of...

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