Writings

John Osborne: John Peel’s Shed

John Osborne: John Peel’s Shed

August 13th, 2011 by

John Osborne shares his love of radio in this tactile show. It’s linked to his book, Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio, which is dutifully plugged at the end (copies for a fiver). But this is also a well-crafted performance, gently reminiscent of Daniel Kitson or Josie Long. At the heart of […]

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Runaground: Cautionary Tales

Runaground: Cautionary Tales

August 13th, 2011 by

Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales are a range of satirical poems with sometimes questionable morals, penned almost a century ago. Here the poems, originally intended to warn children of the dangers of misbehaving, are interpreted with simplistic staging and effective design by this university company. Reminiscent of works by Lewis Carroll and a strong influence on […]

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Stuart Bowden: The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart From Us

Stuart Bowden: The World Holds Everyone Apart, Apart From Us

August 13th, 2011 by

Stuart Bowden’s one-man show explores a dystopian future, where love is a luxury and loneliness common currency. Bernard, Sarah and Celeste are the only people that the narrator meets in fourteen years, and it turns out that Sarah and Celeste are one and the same person. Perhaps loneliness is a tricky subject for a whimsical […]

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The Corn Exchange: Man of Valour

The Corn Exchange: Man of Valour

August 12th, 2011 by

An office worker transforms into an action hero in this energetic physical production by the Corn Exchange, Dublin. Think The Secret Life of Walter Mitty meets Hitchcock’s The Lodger meets the latest SF blockbuster or fantasy computer game. The juxtaposition of inane chit-chat and life-or-death fights provides plenty of humour. The humming of the photocopier becomes the buzzing of […]

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Little Cauliflower: Street Dreams

Little Cauliflower: Street Dreams

August 12th, 2011 by

From the opening sequence of Street Dreams it’s clear that this is puppetry with conviction. Fluffy white bags (birds, clouds, kites, ra-ra skirts?) fly rapidly across the stage. The same energy is felt when banana skins buzz into action. In contrast, the story of Street Dreams is meandering. A gentleman puppet with a gently quizzical expression wanders through a […]

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