The Establishment: Fool Brittania

September 10th, 2018 by

Shortly after the schoolmaster arrives, the flat part of his mortarboard hat falls off and we know we’re in for a very silly ride. ‘Hello children’ he says – and for the next hour we are Year 9 pupils attending classes in History and Physics. With no discernible political or social agenda, it’s an exercise […]

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Death of a Puppet

September 7th, 2018 by

 Matt Rudkin encounters death, dissonance and a mid-life crisis in three key puppet theatre shows seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a parody of a puppetry master class conducted by a middle-aged man coming to terms with the fast-approaching death of his father and […]

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Colombia: Going for Gold

August 25th, 2018 by

Colombia! What do you think of? Cocaine? You surprise me. Miguel Hernando Torres Umba is Colombian, and he has a confession. He has never taken cocaine. His brilliant and beautifully performed one-man show, Stardust, is his response to ‘the painful stigma left by the narco history of his country’. And he takes no prisoners. We […]

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Teatr Biuro Podróży: Carmen Funebre / Silence

August 24th, 2018 by

  ‘Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us.’ – WH Auden, Refugee Blues Darkness, fear, fire, terror. Specifically, the plight of civilians caught in war zones – such subject matter is still […]

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RoguePlay Theatre: 3am Waitress

August 23rd, 2018 by

RoguePlay Theatre draw from dance and circus, calling themselves ‘high physical theatre’ artists, often using aerial skills in their work. 3am Waitress, directed by Kim Charnock, is a tempered-down version of what it could be. Two café tables dress the space, one with three paper cups and two sugar servers, and one with a radio […]

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