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Blind Date & 27 Wagons Full Of Cotton

  Genre: Short Plays Venue: Riverside Studios Crisp Road London W6 9RL   Low Down   Does advertising a play as  “rarely performed” excite you or raise your suspicions about the play’s entertainment value? I have to say that for me the latter is sometimes true. I’m likely to respond  more positively if the play […]

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The Taming Of The Shrew

The Taming Of The Shrew    Genre: Classical and Shakespeare Venue: Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, (Corner of Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.), London, SE1 2TF   Low Down   As Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming Of The Shrews highlights, the history of gender politics goes further into the past than the history of suffragettes and equal rights. The […]

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My Hometown is in my Shoes/ The Other

    Genre: Dance and Movement Theatre Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Rd (Entrance in Thompson’s Ave), Camberwell, London, SE5 0XT     Low Down   My evening at the Blue Elephant Theatre gave me something to think about how I come to view performances that demand knowledge of non-Western cultural forms. An evening […]

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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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Theatre Links

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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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 […]