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Bound

Bound Genre: Drama Venue:  The Vault, Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, (Corner of Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.), London, SE1 2TF Low Down   ‘My soul has been torn and I am leaving’. These are the first words of the Boundperformance: they resonate in the darkened auditorium as the sonorous voices of the six cast members fill […]

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Shiver

    Genre: Classical and Shakespeare Venue: The Yard, Unit 2, Queens Yard, White Post Lane E9 5EN   Low Down   Before the theatre is found and a word is spoken for Shiver, the drama has already begun. Getting to the Yard Theatre to watch Theatre6’s rearrangementof Shakespeare’s Tempest is a drama. The theatre is tucked into an […]

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Theatre Business

Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men    Genre: Drama Venue: The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre 410 Brockley Road Brockley London SE4 2DH   Low Down   On seeing students at the matinee performance I attended of the Jack Studio Theatre’s Of Mice And Men, I reflected on Steinbeck’s text in classrooms all around the world: each encounter with […]

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World Theatre

J’ai Deux Amours: The Josephine Baker Story

J’ai Deux Amours: The Josephine Baker Story    Genre: Musical Theatre Venue: Etcetera Theatre 265 Camden High Street London NW1 7BU   Low Down   Cush Jumbo received a standing ovation from many members of the audience at the Etcetera Theatre on the opening night of her one-woman show J’ai Deux Amours: The Josephine Baker Story. There […]

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Constance

Constance    Genre: Comedy Drama Venue: King’s Head Theatre  115 Upper St  Islington LONDON N1 1QN   Low Down   Kate Youde’s article on ‘Oscar Wilde’s Lost Play’ in The Independentin July this year outlines artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s rationale for producing Constance at the King’s Head. The play is a “major discovery” as it is “the only […]

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Drama Education

Lost Theatre’s One Act Festival

Lost Theatre’s One Act Festival    Genre: Short Plays Venue: LOST Theatre Company 208 Wandsworth Road London SW8 2JU   Low Down   The Bush and Orange Tree theatres are celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Likewise, the Lost Theatre’s twenty-six year history of producing its one-act festival marks its importance as a company that has […]

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The Amazing Vancetti Sisters

The Amazing Vancetti Sisters    Genre: Drama Venue: Tristan Bates Theatre 1A Tower St, Covent Garden WC2H 9NP   Low Down   Children do not ask to be born. The majority of children are ‘treasured’ but some, sadly, experience growing into adulthood as a kind of death-defying act which they are lucky to survive. Athena […]

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Theatre Business

The Tempest

Antic Disposition’s Tempest marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded performance of the play before James I at Whitehall Palace in 1611. While that venue now no longer exists, the Middle Temple Hall’s direct link to another first performance of a Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night, in 1602, is crucial for maintaining historic and artistic links between the 2011 production and the Elizabethan theatre.

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Drama Education

The Conspirators

The Conspirators    Genre: Comedy Drama Venue: Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2SA     Low Down   Sam Walters & The Orange Tree Theatre’s relationship with Vaclav Havel reveals a long and fruitful history, so its fitting that the artistic director stages the UK premiere ofThe Conspirators to begin the theatre’s […]

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Wittenberg

Wittenberg    Genre: Comedy Drama Venue: The Gate Theatre (Above the Prince Albert Pub) 11 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ   Low Down   The programme verifies that the location before me represents Wittenberg, a place that changes the history of European Christiandom when in 1517 Martin Luther nails 95 theses (arguments) to the Castle Church door […]