Writings

Tim Crouch: Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

November 9th, 2019 by

We enter the auditorium of the Attenborough Centre, but are led onstage. There’s a double circle of chairs, and bright white light. ‘Don’t sit in the front row!’ someone behind me hisses. ‘They’ll make you join in.’ On each seat is a book.: hardback, plain institutional green, embossed with gold writing that reads: ‘Total Immediate […]

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Reach for the Moon – VR in Contemporary Performance and Installation

November 4th, 2019 by

As more and more artists turn to virtual reality as a medium, Dorothy Max Prior reflects on what works well and why VR – Virtual Reality – has been with us for quite a while. Some would argue that to trace its origins we need to go right back through the annals of time to […]

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Little Angel Theatre/Silent Tide: The Adventures of Curious Ganz

November 2nd, 2019 by

The Adventures of Curious Ganz is a puppet performance ‘based on the impossibly fascinating life of a fictitious scientist of the first Elizabethan era, Joachim Ganz, and featuring the enquiring mind of the monarch herself!’ We enter the theatre to take our seats. The stage is strewn with small tables, circular frames of various sizes, […]

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Emma Frankland and company: We Dig

October 10th, 2019 by

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want… Ah, here they are, dancing into the space, five feisty gals, each with a story to tell. No, not the Spice Girls – but an equally refreshing burst of energy, redefining girl power for the 21st century. In this case, the girls (Emma Frankland […]

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Homage to Catalonia – Street Theatre and Circus Pioneers

October 1st, 2019 by

What makes Catalan performing arts so special? Dorothy Max Prior reflects on the rich tradition of circus, outdoor arts, and site-responsive performance by artists from Catalonia I’m trying to remember the first time I saw – or consciously recognised that I was seeing – work by a Catalan company. I think it must have been […]

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