Tuesday, March 5

Tag: Lion & Unicorn Theatre

Shut Up, and Drive! – Lion & Unicorn Theatre
London

Shut Up, and Drive! – Lion & Unicorn Theatre

Sitting your driving test is a very nerve-wracking experience and as most people today tend to learn to drive, this play will resonate.  Robert Jones (Garth Oates) is sitting in the reception of the driving test centre with his driving instructor Kelly Preslie (Jemma Carlton), waiting to take his driving test.  He is nervous and his instructor is not helping to calm him down with her inappropriate comments.  John, the examiner (Phil Broomhead) breezes in to take him for his test and its all good so far.  Rob visibly relaxes and he chats to the examiner, maybe relaxing a little too much.  All of a sudden, he does an unscheduled emergency stop, as a man is standing in front of the car pointing a pistol at them and tells them to get out.  At this point Rob ha...
HEMATOMA – Lion & Unicorn Theatre
London

HEMATOMA – Lion & Unicorn Theatre

I’ve never been to the Lion and Unicorn Theatre which as a born and bred north Londoner is, I know, disgraceful. I was met by a very polite and welcoming front of house who was clearly as pleased to be back to live performances as I was and directed through to my seat. It’s a simple black box auditorium, intimate but with one of the better seating setups I’ve seen in this kind of venue, all Covid-compliant, spacious and clean. Hematoma bills itself as a ‘road play’ - like a road movie, but on the stage. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I wasn’t sure if one man and his thoughts would be the return to being in a live audience that I wanted, but I definitely needn’t have worried. This felt to me like a true coming of age piece, and I spent an hour utterly engrossed in writer and performer...