Midsummer Mischief A at the RSC: new works by Timberlake Wertenbaker and Alice Birch

Libby Purves kindly invited me to review at the RSC for her website Theatrecat.com.

There were two plays in Midsummer Mischief Programme A:

THE ANT AND THE CICADA – Timberlake Wertenbaker

Using intimate family faultlines, strong-armed semi-legal negotiation and the louring shadow of Fascism to create an explosive, conflicting atmosphere of fulfilment and betrayal, Wertenbaker’s clear-eyed view of how Greece came into this mess, and her anxiety at what its resolution will be, is fascinating and moving.


Like a shot of philosophical adrenalin delivered to the arm, Alice Birch’s series of short scenes provoke us to be honest about the failures of feminism to date. If every girl and boy in every school in Britain could see this play, we might just possibly grow up in a more equal world.

Click here to read my full review of both works on Theatrecat.

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