The PappyShow: Boys

June 3rd, 2019 by

In contemporary conversation, gender is increasingly understood as a performance, the response to social conditioning and a mask that can shape or even overwhelm the individual. The PappyShow’s celebration of contemporary maleness, Boys, joyfully embodies the opposite point of view. A romping ensemble piece with a cast of thirteen, the show sets out to explode narrow […]

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Klein Blue: Are There Female Gorillas?

May 31st, 2019 by

As we enter the space we see a girl and a gorilla sitting on the floor, on one of those compact circular dancefloors that are like a little circus ring. They are sat there a fair while, on display. The audience mostly chatter, although some of us sit silently, staring. There’s a lot of noise […]

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Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez: TrapTown

May 29th, 2019 by

It all begins, and ends, with rabbits. A rabbit on screen is wondering why the human on stage is carrying the guilt of earlier generations. They’re the cute bit, and bring a welcome touch of fluffy, nose-snuffling humour. In TrapTown, the legendary Belgian director and choreographer Wim Vandekeybus gives us a multi-media smorgasbord: dance, film, […]

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A&E Comedy: Witch Hunt

May 28th, 2019 by

Watch out, there are wild women on the loose: where there were crones, now there are witches… Fans of A&E Comedy’s Enter the Dragons will be delighted to learn that the new show Witch Hunt also features dreadful false teeth, wacky wigs, ludicrous arm extensions (gnarly nails growing down to the ground, this time round), […]

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Birds of Paradise/National Theatre of Scotland: My Left Right Foot: The Musical

May 27th, 2019 by

This was a very interesting experience for me; not just the show itself, but also the subsequent conversations I had with arts industry friends who also saw it, which revealed very mixed responses. This is perhaps not surprising given it is a taboo-stretching satire on ‘inclusivity and the arts’:  My Left Right Foot: The Musical may […]

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