Tag Archives: loss

‘This is how loss feels’: how a Netflix animation about grief became a global phenomenon

One of the year’s most unlikely phenomena on the video-sharing app TikTok saw 50 million people – and counting – recording themselves crying while watching a 12-minute animation. Not since the heart-wrenching opening sequence of Up have viewers been so undone … Continue reading

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Ghost Quartet, Boulevard Theatre

London’s latest new theatre opens with an appropriately otherworldly Halloween offering: American composer Dave Malloy’s teeming 2014 song cycle, which played at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016. It’s a superb piece for demonstrating the benefits of this intimate, flexible cabaret-esque space – played … Continue reading

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Wyndham’s Theatre

For the premiere work of new company Elliott & Harper Productions, director Marianne Elliott got the Curious Incident band back together, from playwright Simon Stephens to her acclaimed creative team. But it’s in service of a much more intimate piece that – while strikingly staged … Continue reading

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Rabbit Hole, Hampstead Theatre

The death of a child is an unnatural loss. There’s no reassurance that the departed lived a full life, rather the jagged edge of one cut short. In the case of Becca and Howie, it’s also nonsensical: their perfectly healthy … Continue reading

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The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade/All On Her Own, Garrick Theatre

What exactly is the level of Kenneth Branagh’s self-awareness? He’s certainly conscious of inviting comparison with Olivier once again by presenting a year-long season of plays at the refurbished Garrick under the auspices of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company – … Continue reading

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Shattering soliloquy of grief and isolation

The anticipated union of in-vogue director Ivo van Hove and playwright Simon Stephens at theatrical hotspot the Young Vic is surprisingly low-key, but this 75-minute monologue lingers long after the event. Read my full Ham & High review of Song from Far Away … Continue reading

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Song from Far Away, Young Vic

“My brother died.” That’s the reality New York-based banker Willem struggles to inhabit when he returns to his estranged family in Amsterdam. There is no sense in Pauli’s loss – a sudden heart attack at 20, cradled by a stranger … Continue reading

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Constellations, Trafalgar Studios

Life, the universe and everything… in 70 minutes. You certainly can’t fault Nick Payne’s ambition, nor help but admire the dazzling inventiveness of his theoretical physics romcom with a side helping of artisanal beekeeping. Read my full theartsdesk review here

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An Oak Tree, National Theatre

The play I have just seen is not the play you will see. Of course, one of the draws of live performance is that no two nights are the same, but that idea is taken to a mesmerising extreme in … Continue reading

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The Father, Tricycle Theatre

André is losing time. It’s not just his perennially mislaid watch, but whole hours, weeks, years. Is he still living in his Paris flat, or did he move in with his daughter Anne? Is she married, divorced, leaving the country … Continue reading

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