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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby: The Musical    Genre: Musical Theatre Venue:  Riverside Studios, Crisp Rd, London, W6 9RL.   Low Down   Joe Evan’s music & lyrics and Linnie Reedman’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby’s nostalgic view of America between the wars glistens and sparkles with a destructive glory. The tragic love story of rich […]

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Drama Education

The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure

The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure @ Blue Elephant Theatre   TO: Director, Ian Nicholson Researchers Simon Day (with the collaboration of Aitor Basauri) Devising cast: Dennis Herdman, Merce Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez Writer and Adapter, Tiffany Wood As I viewed The Knight of the Sorrowful Figure on Tuesday 21st May but I felt considerable […]

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Drama Education

King Lear

  Magnificent from the outset: I was gripped viscerally and imaginatively from the moment the thunderous music catapulted Lear’s savage kingdom onto the stage. The last time I viewed a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear was in 2009 when Liverpool Everyman and the Young Vic co-produced the play, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Pete […]

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Theatre Business

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage    Genre: Drama Venue: Greenwich Theatre Crooms Hill London SE10 8ES     Low Down     There’s something quite brilliant about the way Ricky Duke deals with the realisation of poetic language in Dido Queen of Carthage. For me, he seems to work with the metaphors that characterise mythical places and […]

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Taking Part

Boy in Darkness

Boy in Darkness    Genre: Drama Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre 59a Bethwin Rd Camberwell London SE5 0XT   Low Down   I confess to never having read Peake’s Boy in Darkness. Despite that, I was ceased by Gareth Murphy’s physical articulation of a young boy’s struggle against oppressive rituals. His performance shows how it is the imagination […]

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Theatre Links

Gutted

Gutted    Genre: Drama Venue:  Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN   Low Down     In the most straightforward sense, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s new workGutted has all the hallmarks of a classically crafted piece of ‘epic theatre’.  Its episodic structure is linked as tightly and economically as any Brechtian drama. The […]

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Theatre Business

bare

bare: the rock musical    Genre: Musical Theatre Venue:  Union Theatre 204 Union St, London se1 0 LX   Low Down   Jon Hartmere’s and Damon Intraboloto’s bare: the rock musical puts sexuality front and centre in the hazardous terrain of young people claiming their adult identity. As a result, the story of youths in their final year […]