Writings

We are all… Cooped!

May 31st, 2019 by

  Lisa Wolfe and her trusty sidekick Peter Chrisp have been to see Spymonkey’s Cooped. Lots of times. So how has it fared, twenty years on? This year Spymonkey celebrated their 20th anniversary with a revival of their most widely seen show, Cooped. We fell in love with Cooped when we first saw it at […]

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Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez: TrapTown

May 29th, 2019 by

It all begins, and ends, with rabbits. A rabbit on screen is wondering why the human on stage is carrying the guilt of earlier generations. They’re the cute bit, and bring a welcome touch of fluffy, nose-snuffling humour. In TrapTown, the legendary Belgian director and choreographer Wim Vandekeybus gives us a multi-media smorgasbord: dance, film, […]

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A&E Comedy: Witch Hunt

May 28th, 2019 by

Watch out, there are wild women on the loose: where there were crones, now there are witches… Fans of A&E Comedy’s Enter the Dragons will be delighted to learn that the new show Witch Hunt also features dreadful false teeth, wacky wigs, ludicrous arm extensions (gnarly nails growing down to the ground, this time round), […]

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Birds of Paradise/National Theatre of Scotland: My Left Right Foot: The Musical

May 27th, 2019 by

This was a very interesting experience for me; not just the show itself, but also the subsequent conversations I had with arts industry friends who also saw it, which revealed very mixed responses. This is perhaps not surprising given it is a taboo-stretching satire on ‘inclusivity and the arts’:  My Left Right Foot: The Musical may […]

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Luke Jerram and Thingumajig Theatre

May 27th, 2019 by

Two Brighton Festival presentations, Museum of the Moon and Ghost Caribou, are seen in a park at nightfall by Matt Rudkin By day it’s a mild-mannered, strangely blue giant sphere, but by night it transforms into an internally illuminated, optically bewitching orb. What else to say about this enormous inflatable moon, other than to emphasise […]

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