Me, Mother Heini Koskinen (mother), Lumi Koskinen Siefridt (daughter)

Creative Acts

May 5th, 2016 by

Beccy Smith sees Me, Mother at Circusfest, prompting a reflection on new adventures in motherhood and the arts It was in a theatre that my experience of motherhood finally began, after two days solid of warm-up acts. An operating theatre, sure, but an environment whose concentrated gaze, lights, transformations and undeniable drama were qualities that […]

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The Art of Comedy

April 4th, 2016 by

Dorothy Max Prior on the wonderful training for actors and clowns to be found at The Actors Space near Barcelona Are you ready? Are the other players ready? Is the audience ready? It is day one of The Art of Comedy, a week-long residential course at the beautiful venue in the Catalan countryside that is […]

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The Frog and the Bicycle

March 15th, 2016 by

Penny Francis experiences a total theatre delight at Vélo Théatre’s Greli Grelo festival in France  The decision to go surprised everyone, not least myself. The beginning of February had brought a small brochure of a small festival to be staged at the end of the month in a small French town I’d never heard of named […]

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Circus The Return

Circus and the Search for Home

March 5th, 2016 by

Across the Barbican’s vast stage – right across, east to west – is a wall. It could be anywhere: Berlin pre-1989; the West Bank, anytime over the past 30 years. It could be now: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary; the entrance to the  Channel Tunnel at Calais. It’s perhaps 3 or 4 metres high, a mottled rusty-grey […]

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I’m Hunt, She’s Darton

February 23rd, 2016 by

 Tea for two? Lisa Wolfe finds the place where food meets art, at the Hunt & Darton Café  ‘Regret nothing’ is a great life motto for some, but I still curse myself for leaving Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton’s SICK! Festival Café minutes too early one lunchtime in March 2014. My sister-in-law had just courageously […]

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