Tag Archives: arcola

Shock factor gone…but haunting tale is worth revisiting

Twenty years ago, Michael Billington decried the “pornographic” violence of Philip Ridley’s Ghost from a Perfect Place, archetypal in-yer-face theatre: brash, shocking, confrontational. This revival swaps Hampstead for, more appropriately, the Arcola, where its East End setting has particular resonance, … Continue reading

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Sign language and competition controversy

My articles in the September issue of Dance Today, out now: Sign language A new project and an emerging company prove deafness needn’t be a barrier to dance Stepping Out The British Dance Council proposes separating mainstream and same-sex competitors New in the Dance Today section: Shall … Continue reading

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Classic sings out with renewed vigour

How do you solve a problem like a musical? Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ambitious Carousel seems tailor-made for expansive venues like the National Theatre, where Nicholas Hytner memorably revived this show in 1992: diminutive studios need not apply. But conventional wisdom gets … Continue reading

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Like Banksy himself, offering is ‘frustratingly out of reach’

In 2011, reclusive artist Banksy spotted an old water tank in LA and tagged it ‘THIS LOOKS A BIT LIKE AN ELEPHANT’. When news spread, and the tank’s value skyrocketed, a consortium of art dealers repossessed it, in the process … Continue reading

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