Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2012«

Julius Caesar

July 30, 2012

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‘Julius Caesar’ is a harder sell as an outdoor family show than ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, which Principal Theatre Company is staging in Coram’s Fields on alternate days. In response, director Paul Gladwin has put everything in modern dress and upped the comedy quotient. We get football-style chants at Caesar’s return and a slick-suited Brutus […]

The Fear of Breathing

July 24, 2012

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The Finborough is keeping time with real life in this harrowing verbatim piece, knitted together from secret interviews conducted in Syria by journalists Paul Wood and Ruth Sherlock and director Zoe Lafferty. A clamour of voices – including a hotel owner, a radio DJ, a student activist and members of the Free Syrian Army – […]

Ten Billion

July 19, 2012

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think we’re fucked.” That’s Professor Stephen Emmott’s stark conclusion at the end of Ten Billion, which reveals in fascinating and horrifying ways the true nature of the damage we have inflicted on our climate in the past 300 years. Ten billion is the estimated world population by the end of the century – and the situation will […]

Interview: Gregory Doran

July 17, 2012

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Newly appointed RSC artistic director Gregory Doran talks to Tom Wicker about his Africa-set production of ‘Julius Caesar’ Gregory Doran is keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to his plans for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Although he takes over from Michael Boyd as artistic director from September, we won’t see any […]

The Trojan War and Peace

July 10, 2012

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The Scoop’s sunken amphitheatre is a natural fit for Phil Willmott’s ambitious adaptation of Aeschylus’s ‘Oresteia’ trilogy, the latest in Steam Industry Theatre’s annual series of free outdoor shows. The sequence kicks off with the child-friendly ‘The Trojan Horse’, which makes a song and dance of the siege of Troy and is a refresher if […]

Interview: Bella Hird of Molton Studios

July 3, 2012

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Tom Wicker speaks to Molton Studios’ Bella Hird about supporting new production Two-Headed and the challenges facing younger theatre companies today.  Salt Lake City-based writer Julie Jensen’s Two-Headed tells the story of Lavinia and Hettie – two women facing the challenges of polygamy, betrayal and intolerance in the male-dominated Mormon community of nineteenth-century Utah. The […]

Blue Remembered Hills

July 3, 2012

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This adaptation of the 1979 Dennis Potter TV play (which starred Helen Mirren) gives us a childhood haunted by the Second World War and the spectre of adulthood. Storm clouds loom over the blue remembered hills of A.E. Housman’s Shropshire Lad as the actions of a group of seven-year-olds lead to tragedy. The production opens […]