Liz Aggiss, The English Channel | Photo: Joe Murray

Do I please you, or do I please myself?

April 15th, 2013 by

The title of this blog is a quote – or misquote, or paraphrase perhaps – from Liz Aggiss’s new work-in-progress The English Channel, an excerpt of which was presented 9 April at the Brighton Dome’s new venture The Works. (And where do I know that name from? Ah yes it was the title of a […]

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Invisible Thread - Les Hommes Vides

Heads Will Roll

January 27th, 2013 by

So, another London International Mime Festival done and dusted! 2013 saw the usual eclectic mix of work, crossing a whole plethora of artforms that snuggle under the ‘physical and visual performance’ umbrella, including contemporary circus, puppetry and animatronics, theatre clown and mime, live art, and some things that are hard to categorise, other than under […]

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Critics Take to the Hills (of Tuscany)

October 21st, 2012 by

The three Cs: creator, curator and critic. How do these roles relate and interact with each other? Is the fact that so many performance artists and theatre-makers are also curators (of projects, festivals, events) a uniquely contemporary phenomenon? If the roles of theatre-maker and critic cross over does that diminish or enhance each role? Is […]

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A response to Aqui e Agora / Here and Now

September 10th, 2012 by

A response to Os Bem-Intencionados / The Well-Intentioned, Brazilian company LUME Teatro’s new work in progress… We are called into the ‘green room’ at the Sede de LUME – the company’s rehearsal and workshop space – and see a number of tables furnished with lime green satinette cloths, arranged in a circle around a dancefloor. […]

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Nathalie Marie Verbeke and Charlotte De Bruyne: XXXO

Edinburgh: On the Cusp of the Awards

August 23rd, 2012 by

So where was I? Ah yes – the Total Theatre Awards shortlist meeting, and having 28 shows to see in a week, above and beyond the things I already had booked. Well, I’ve done that. Since the Total Theatre Awards shortlisting meeting on 16 August, I’ve run madly around town, determined to see all the […]

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