Writings

Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley Dance: Spring

February 7th, 2019 by

After 29 years of experimenting at the boundaries of juggling, Gandini Juggling have returned to their earliest roots, merging contemporary dance with juggling in their latest work, Spring. Choreographed by Alexander Whitley (a New Wave associate artist at Sadler’s Wells, who previously worked with Ballet Rambert and Michael Clark, before forming his own contemporary dance […]

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Stan’s Cafe: The Capital

February 4th, 2019 by

Lights, camera, action! Well, not quite – no cameras involved, although The Capital is filmic in feel. At first there is an empty stage, the screen at the back bathed in an icy blue light. There’s a whirring noise, and the two ‘travelators’ on the stage – walkways or conveyer belts that can move in […]

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Peeping Tom: Father (Vader)

February 4th, 2019 by

Memories, dreams, reflections… Oh, what it is to be old. Father is old. A ‘dirty old man’. The life of the patriarch is almost done, and he spends his days in an old folks’ home, sitting in a wheelchair, whiling away the hours. What a difference a day makes – or not, if one day […]

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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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