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The Off West End Theatre Awards 2011: The Winners

February 28, 2011

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This Sunday saw not only the return of the Oscars, but Offwestend.com’s inaugural awards bash celebrating the best of independent theatre from the past year. Held in the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall, this refreshingly informal, chatty and big-hearted occasion was marked by raucous laughter, a lot of booze and a great deal of joy. It […]

Loving the ‘Oaks

February 28, 2011

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Hollyoaks, a Channel 4 soap set in a fictional suburb of Chester, is a strange beast.  Aimed at teenagers, on one level it’s like an economy-value Dynasty, with similarly overblown and contrived storylines; but instead of champagne-drenched catfights the inhabitants of the ‘Oaks settle their differences by glassing each other or burning down the local club […]

Interview: Caroline Steinbeis

February 26, 2011

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Caroline Steinbeis is fast becoming one of the most respected directors working on the stage today. Winner of the 2009 JMK Award for Young Directors, the 30-year-old runs her own company, Strike Ensemble, and her directorial credits include a critically acclaimed staging of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest. Her most recent production, Fatherland – a disturbing […]

Fatherland

February 18, 2011

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The girl in the bright red coat has travelled a long way – through fairytale woods, the pages of Angela Carter and the bleak apartment blocks of the film Hard Candy. Inextricably linked with the wolfish desires of men, with illicit sex and violence, she’s been threatened, frightened and vengeful. And here she is again – […]

Snake in the Grass

February 16, 2011

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To say that Lucy Bailey’s production of Ayckbourn’s rarely-performed comedy thriller is reminiscent of an episode of Midsomer Murders shouldn’t be taken as a criticism. It paints the same deliciously over-the-top portrait of a Middle England where women in floral prints and sensible shoes do away with each before serving afternoon tea. While the play’s not […]

Ward No. 6

February 11, 2011

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Taken collectively, Chekhov’s short stories are an impassioned protest against the depravation inflicted by those in authority upon the weakest members of society; those with no voice or recourse to justice. Director and writer Matthew Parker’s absurdist interpretation of one of the longest of these stories, Ward No. 6 – first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe […]