Tag Archives: middle east

Oslo, National Theatre

We need more waffles in diplomacy. Or, in other words, personal connections to bridge those vast divides. So believed the Norwegian couple who orchestrated secret peace talks in 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization – a slice of … Continue reading

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Branagh is assured but lacks true desperation

Brexit-ish rants, generational divide, tax dodging and Middle East chaos: the contemporary resonance of John Osborne’s 1957 state-of-the-nation play The Entertainer is almost eerie. Paired with an effective metaphor – the dying days of music hall – it’s a strong closing … Continue reading

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The Entertainer, Garrick Theatre

The latest 2016 state-of-the-nation play has arrived – from 1957. There’s the Brexit-ish granddad mired in corrosive nostalgia, the forward-looking granddaughter joining anti-establishment protests in Trafalgar Square, tax dodging, a crisis of British identity, and chaos in the Middle East. … Continue reading

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Holding out for a hero

Theatre can be a great escape from a somewhat gloomy reality; conversely, it is an incredibly effective medium for debating and dramatising important issues. The Finborough is on a roll when it comes to the latter, and with its latest … Continue reading

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