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The Antipodes, National Theatre

Is this a great time to tell stories, shedding light in dark times? Or is it an impossible task? That’s the loose premise of Annie Baker’s wilfully elusive new piece, featuring the brainstorming session from hell – or possibly about hell, … Continue reading

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Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., Royal Court

Caryl Churchill returns with a new quartet of shorts – and, at 81, she’s still one of the most daring, formally inventive and linguistically dexterous playwrights working today. There’s never any sense that her work could slide into another medium; … Continue reading

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A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Bridge Theatre

Hot off award-winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and reunited with Matthew Dunster, who directed his hit Hangmen, Martin McDonagh brings his latest to the Bridge – quite a coup for Nick Hytner. Yet this provocative take on Hans Christian Andersen, and on the nature … Continue reading

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Describe the Night, Hampstead Theatre

American playwright Rajiv Joseph’s latest certainly doesn’t lack for ambition, spanning 90 years, three countries, and mixing history and fiction in its form to make a point about, well, mixing history and fiction. Storytelling through to the pertinent “fake news” … Continue reading

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Big Fish, The Other Palace

Based on Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 film adaptation, this musical is quite the oddity. Screenwriter John August has tinkered with the book since its brief Broadway run in 2013, but it remains an unfathomable mixture of magical … Continue reading

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Engaging comment on liberal guilt

Post-colonial turmoil, rival militias, and a fought-over mineral key to mobile phones and computers: just some of the complex problems in the Congo tackled by Adam Brace’s educational if sprawling three-hour play. It intelligently reframes the region as far more … Continue reading

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They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre

How long does it take to cover the complex problems in the Congo, AKA the most dangerous place in the world? Adam Brace’s play has a semi-joking educational sequence that attempts it in four and a half minutes – putting … Continue reading

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Drew McOnie and new spaces for same-sex dance

My articles in the May issue of Dancing Times magazine, out now: The master storyteller Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie on the value of narrative dance Stepping Out Same-sex European champions Stefan Lehner and Axel Zischka venture into new spaces New in the Dancing Times section: Motown the Musical … Continue reading

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Ben Hur, Tricycle Theatre

Hollywood took 365 speaking parts, 50,000 extras and 78 horses to tell this epic tale in 1959; here at the Tricycle, it’s a cast of four and some enterprising puppet work. Playwright Patrick Barlow, following up global hit The 39 Steps, … Continue reading

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Housing, cycling and movies for your ears

Highlights of my November MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Crisis management New London Architecture’s competition winners propose solutions for London’s affordable housing shortage Don’t miss: Two wheels good The Design Museum celebrates the cycling boom with a new exhibition … Continue reading

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