Writings

The Karavan Ensemble and The Death Wife Project: The Birth of Death

June 3rd, 2019 by

Part physical theatre performance, part involuntary group therapy, The Birth of Death starts incrementally, with a ringing sound. Joanne Tremarco is in amongst us, sounding a bowl and asking if we can still hear the peal. It’s an evocative start, a strong metaphor, though the moment goes on far beyond its relevance. Of course, the […]

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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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We are all… Cooped!

May 31st, 2019 by

  Lisa Wolfe and her trusty sidekick Peter Chrisp have been to see Spymonkey’s Cooped. Lots of times. So how has it fared, twenty years on? This year Spymonkey celebrated their 20th anniversary with a revival of their most widely seen show, Cooped. We fell in love with Cooped when we first saw it at […]

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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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