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Namatjira at the Southbank Centre, London

This play, which tells the story of Albert Namatjira, the first indigenous Australian painter to win international acclaim, premiered in Alice Springs in late 2009 and has since toured Australia. Now, this fascinating story comes to London. At the Southbank Centre. The production at the Southbank Centre of Namatjira by the Australian theatre company, Big hART, grows out of […]

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Masi Maidens at the Bargehouse

Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Theatre historian Josey De Rossi, who has studied the effects of European cultural imperialism on indigenous art forms, guides us through some of the themes raised by this unusual cross-arts project. At the Bargehouse. I arrive at the Bargehouse sufficiently early to view the four floors of installations and displays […]

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Billy the Girl

Caravans and Heroines: Billy the Girl at the Soho Theatre Katie Hims’ Billy the Girl presents superbly drawn characters, faced with the paradox of living ordinary lives through times of big change. Direction, design and sensitive portrayals of difficult characters, combine in a moving story of about starting again. At the Soho Theatre. Katie Hims’ Billy the Girl, produced by […]

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Crowning Glory

Women v Hair: Crowning Glory at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East This story of race, gender and hair will see you laugh, cry and fume, as an unflinchingly honest portrayal of black women dissipates the myth that we live in a post-feminist age. Explosive drama. At the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.   If you attached a Geiger […]

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Land of Our Fathers

The holy ground of the working class: Land of Our Fathers at Theatre503 Engaging from the outset, the play hits the audience with a mining disaster only seconds after an explosion that traps six miners. The fact that it is 1979 adds even greater tension. At Theatre503. There are locations in every country that are invested with […]

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Where the White Stops

Know where they’re going: Where the White Stops at Battersea Arts Centre Where the White Stops by Antler Theatre was a wonder to behold. To say the performance was heroic is literally true as the troupe of four – Daniela Pasquini, Nasi Voutsas and Jasmine Woodcock-Stewart and Daniel Ainsworth – enacted a beautifully imaginative and energetic piece of […]

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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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The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You

The Fantastical Adventures of [Not] Being With You    Genre: Physical Theatre Venue:  Blue Elephant Theatre 59a Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, London, SE5 0XT   Low Down   Blue Elephant Theatre does it again in its theatrical quest to bring provocatively interesting work before its audience. Its latest production by writer/ director Justen Bennett of Fantastical Adventures […]

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A Lady of Substance

A Lady of Substance    Genre: Drama Venue:  Tristan Bates Theatre  1a Tower St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NP   Low Down     Jon Cooper’s play straight from Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival sets up a collision of cultures: classical European sensibilities of art and poetry versus contemporary hip hop African and Caribbean language and […]

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The Death of Norman Tortilla

The Death of Norman Tortilla    Genre: Drama Venue:  Tristan Bates Theatre  !a Tower St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9NP   Low Down   One sparsely furnished uninviting room, plastered with images from popular gossip magazines; one old man (Norman Tortilla) sitting in his armchair, fixedly gazing to his left at presumably the pictures on […]