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South Downs/The Browning Version

April 26, 2012

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In this superb double-bill, which shares a cast and has transferred to London following an acclaimed run in Chichester, order is everything. Not just to the characters at the two public schools that provide the setting but in terms of our appreciation of both plays. It’s a brave writer who commits to writing a companion […]

Barbarians

April 24, 2012

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The volume of ‘Barbarians’ rarely drops below a shout. But Barrie Keeffe’s searing late-’70s depiction of a Britain that chews up its young and spits them out into a brutalising wasteland of broken promises and joblessness works best at high volume. Three linked plays about three lads explore with bruising directness the destructive tribalism of […]

Interview: The Wrong Crowd

April 24, 2012

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The Girl with the Iron Claws, The Wrong Crowd’s brilliant mix of live performance and puppetry, was a huge hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival. The Guardian praised it as a show “that proves Kneehigh hasn’t cornered the market in putting wonder back into fairytales.” Now, this captivating tale, an inspired retelling of the Nordic […]

Interview: David Rosenberg

April 20, 2012

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Electric Hotel, directed by David Rosenberg and choreographer Frauke Requardt, was a big hit at the 2010 Brighton Festival. This year, the pair returns to the city by the sea with the world premiere of Motor Show, an outdoor performance piece that will take place on wasteland. Speaking on the phone from a huge car-filled […]

The Overcoat

April 18, 2012

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Bank clerk Akaky McAkay has lived a low-key life. Since his birth during Elizabeth II’s coronation, his greatest joy has been to re-type loan applications and read Russian literature in bed. But the world is changing, even for the quiet man in the corner. When new management threatens his livelihood, he must pull out all […]

Interview: Directors Alexander Zeldin and Kimberley Sykes

April 17, 2012

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French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès, who died in 1989, is regarded in continental Europe as one of the most important writers of the past century. But with the exception of Roberto Zucco – inspired by the life of an Italian serial killer and staged to great acclaim by the RSC in 1997 – his work has […]

Big and Small

April 16, 2012

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Cate Blanchett is superb in Sydney Theatre Company’s new interpretation of German playwright Botho Strauss’s Brechtian exploration of alienation. Unlike some of the big names to tread the boards in London recently, she knows how to capture an audience. But she does so in a production that feels disjointed and aimless in the first half […]