In The Elephant’s Child and Just So from Metta Theatre, a company of eight present a series of semi-improvised animal fables, followed by a puppet-opera explaining the origin of the pachyderm’s proboscis. Some of the stories are underpinned by music, … Continued
Lorca Dreams is a strange and playfully morbid fantasia on the life and works of Federico García Lorca. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles, the piece weaves together extracts from the poet’s works, devised scenes inspired by his biography, and … Continued
“Are you on your own? Would you like to sit here?” The last time I heard those words I was about to come in for the combined attentions of the unhinged offspring of the House of Usher (courtesy of Punchdrunk). … Continued
All four characters in Studies for a Portrait are homosexual men, but the overriding theme of the play is not homosexuality. Whatever might be wrong with it, the play deserves some praise for reminding people that gay characters can explore … Continued
In Blood: The Bacchae fuses the story of Besouro, a folk hero of the struggle for Afro-Brazilian equality, with Euripides’ tragedy of a seductive vengeful god returning to claim the worship of his unbelieving homeland. In a circular space, reminiscent … Continued
Participatory theatre is hard. Especially when the audience don’t want to play ball. But I remain to be convinced that relentless pestering, emotional blackmail and the odd physical shove onto the dancefloor is the answer.
Fourteen years after something terrible happened, an estranged husband and father returns to the family home, with a much younger girlfriend in tow. Theresa Rebeck’s contemporary reworking of the Agamemnon jettisons the chorus, the Trojan War and Clytemnestra’s lover, then … Continued
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Cinderella, fairy tales, waitresses and Transylvanian vampires collide in After Cinderella and Violet Smile at the Arcola Theatre.
This second round of reviews from the Arcola's Adventures in Movement Festival includes coverage of Mass Exercise and Vulnerasti.