Writings

NeTTheatre: Turandot ¦ Photo: Fourtheye Photography

NeTTheatre: Turandot

August 8th, 2011 by

None shall sleep, not if Poland’s NeTTheatre have anything to do with it… Leather queens in bullet belts and kitten heels belting out karaoke versions of ‘Nessun Dorma’; a bank of Barbie dolls mounted on table football rods and real-life Barbie-doll-girls dancing disjointed dances; the incessant looping of snatches of Turandot’s score; a mannequin hung by […]

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Fish and Game: Alma Mater

Fish and Game: Alma Mater

August 8th, 2011 by

A little girl is sat looking up at you with crystal-clear blue eyes. A moment ago she wasn’t there, and neither was the canary cage at the head of her bed or the yellow bird hoping and jumping from perch to perch. A second later she’s gone again and we’re in a forest. Knowing teenagers […]

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Analogue: 2401 Objects ¦ Photo: Andreas J Etter

Analogue: 2401 Objects

August 7th, 2011 by

2401 Objects is a performance based on the life of Henry Molaison, a patient who in the early 50s emerged from experimental brain surgery without any recollection of the last two years of his life or the ability to form new memories. From the opening moments of the performance the audience is placed within a still […]

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Zecora Ura / Persis Jade Maravala: Hotel Medea ¦ Photo: Flávia Correia

Zecora Ura / Persis Jade Maravala: Hotel Medea

August 7th, 2011 by

What is your heart’s desire? What do you dream of doing? What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done? Is your heart a stone or a feather? From the very start, Hotel Medea (a collaboration between Brazilian company Zecora Ura and UK artist Jade Persis Maravala) asks its audience to do more than watch and […]

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Traverse Theatre Company: Ten Plagues ¦ Photo: Richard Campbell

Traverse Theatre Company / Mark Ravenhill / Conor Mitchell: Ten Plagues

August 7th, 2011 by

In London the plague came in 1665: ‘one hundred thousand dead but I alive’. This is not the opening line from Ten Plagues but the ending, the epilogue, a joyful ‘I will survive’ statement from our protagonist, who has worked his way though fear, disgust, panic, loneliness, isolation, superiority, and humility to reach this point of liberation. […]

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