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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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Francis, the Jester of God at Anglican parish of St Francis of Assisi, West Wickham

Mario Pirovano’s welcomes the audience to his one-man performance of Francis, the Holy Jester as a politician on the hustings. Launching the show with the promise of overturning centuries of misconceptions, he springs into the story of Francis, emphasizing that the real stories of the thirteenth century Italian saint are uniquely wonderful because they show […]

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Ruben Guthrie

Ruben Guthrie    Genre: Drama Venue:  New Wimbledon Studio  The Broadway, London SW19 1QG   Low Down     IronBark Theatre, a company specialising in presenting Australian theatre in the UK, produced an excellent production of Ruben Guthrie, an award-winning play by an acclaimed young Australian playwright, Brendon Cowell at the New Wimbledon Studio. The play premiered […]

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Autumn Fires

Autumn Fires    Genre: Drama Venue: Finborough Theatre 118 Finborough Road London SW10 9ED   Low Down     The revolutionary nature of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is well documented through plays by Sean O’Casey and his tackling of Irish Nationalism.  Perhaps less remembered is the nuanced ways in which social realism enabled Irish playwrights to […]

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Miss Hope Springs…Sings Her Songs

      Genre: Cabaret and Burlseque Venue:  Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX   Low Down     Every element of Ty Jeffries’ performance of Miss Hope Spring is done in style: that is, in the style of cabaret, female impersonation and solo performer in the spotlight. The realisation of a […]

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Freedom

Freedom    Genre: Drama Venue: Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL   Low Down     When I walked into the Arcola Theatre’s studio space to view Freedom, the stage seemed unusually disjointed from the hemisphere-shaped auditorium seating arrangement. The back wall of the set seemed very detailed yet at least half the seats […]

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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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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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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 […]