Writings

YUCK Circus: YUCK Circus

August 7th, 2019 by

‘Sisters are Doing it For Themselves’ blares out as we take our seats. The family next to me in the queue have a young girl of around 10 or 11 in their party, and they ask an usher if the show is suitable for her. There may be some things that go over her head, […]

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Cirque Les Foutoukours: Kombini

August 6th, 2019 by

The phone rings. The pair of clowns onstage are waiting for the big call – the one from an international festival that will make them stars. Nope, not this time… Both are in traditional dress and make-up. One is definitely of higher status: tall, slim, obviously in charge – and the base in the highly […]

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Trick of the Light: Tröll

August 5th, 2019 by

Tröll is the seventh production by award-winning New Zealand company, Trick of the Light and the second of their shows I have seen. Their work is marked out by a satisfying aesthetic rigour that playfully interweaves visual languages and new writing to create a very complete on-stage world. In Tröll, that world is the 90s, […]

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We Are Europeans! BE Festival 2019

July 26th, 2019 by

Dorothy Max Prior spends a whirlwind 24 hours in Birmingham, enjoying a taster menu of the 10th edition of BE FESTIVAL  We’re onstage at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – not performing in a show, although you could describe it as a performative event. It’s a communal dinner – long tables laid with white tablecloths, vases of […]

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Bongsu Park/Jin-Yeob Cha: Dream Ritual

July 4th, 2019 by

She sleeps, she dreams, she sleepwalks… She is dressed in diaphanous white. She lies, curled, on a glossy black floor that’s as reflective as a mirror. The low-key soundtrack hinting at a heartbeat, a ticking clock. The electronic drones and pulses are augmented by bells and bowls. She is lit beautifully, her graceful form illuminated […]

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