Writings

Rites of Passage – LIMF 2019

February 1st, 2019 by

Two of the UK’s top ensemble physical theatre companies, Gecko and Theatre Re, presented shows at this year’s London International Mime Festival.  Ciaran Hammond was there to bear witness… A man is spat out of a helter-skelter slide into a pile of teddy bears, in a small crescent-shaped room; beginning a surrealistic life’s journey. Various other […]

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Tom Hughes - Daughters of the Sun

Tom Hughes: Daughters of the Sun

January 14th, 2019 by

Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun (1905) is a play, like many other plays, in which women get talked over quite a lot. Set in the Russian cholera epidemic of 1862, it is a chastisement of a self-absorbed intellectual elite in the wake of an impending crisis. Tom Hughes’ Daughters of the Sun is not […]

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Beta Public IX

Thomas Martin & Pat Ashe: Beta Public IX

January 11th, 2019 by

It’s been more than five years since the first Beta Public in 2013, reviewed in Total Theatre by Sophie London. Now, for their ninth showcase at Camden People’s Theatre in North London, theatre director Thomas Martin and video game producer and curator Pat Ashe return with more carefully curated games (Ashe) and theatre (Martin) that […]

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Bloodyminded

January 5th, 2019 by

Is it a film? Is it a live performance? Neither and both: it’s Blast Theory’s Bloodyminded, ‘the UK’s first live interactive feature film’. Aislinn Kelly ruminates on the interplay between the live streaming of a single-shot film and audience interactivity; and reflects on how the commemoration of WWI conscientious objectors plays out in this 14–18 […]

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Ivo Dimchev: Som Faves

December 27th, 2018 by

It’s Saturday night at Chisenhale Dance Space and we’re here to see Som Faves by Bulgarian choreographer and singer-songwriter Ivo Dimchev. Internationally renowned for his extreme and colourful mixture of live art, music and dance-theatre, Dimchev has authored over 30 performances, exhibitions and concerts in the past 20 years.  I saw him recently on Britain’s […]

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