Reviews

Hoipolloi: The Ladder

June 4th, 2019 by

He’s back! Welsh emerging artist Hugh Hughes, that is – the naively clever alter-ego of Hoipolloi co-founder Shôn Dale-Jones has been in the closet for six years, but is here dusted down and thrust forward to tackle the big questions of male identity, Welsh identity, changing social conditions in Welsh small towns, father-son relationships, bereavement, […]

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Victoria Thierrée Chaplin with Aurélia Thierrée & Jaime Martinez : Bells and Spells

June 4th, 2019 by

A footloose and fancy free woman is seen in a succession of dreamscape settings. She climbs the walls of abandoned buildings, enters empty apartments, and finds herself immersed in other people’s stories – acting out snippets of lives that are not her own. She is a kleptomaniac time traveller, moving through time and space with […]

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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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