Monthly Archives: October 2015

Score @ The Royal Festival Hall (WHY Festival) Review

Friends are your extended family. They’re there for you during your darkest, as well as your lightest moments. Score, explores the value of friendship, with the added weight of drug addiction. Written by Lucy Bell, the piece places the everyday lives of two teens centre stage.

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Artistic Director of tiata fahodzi, Natalie Ibu speaks to Theatrefullstop about this year’s Tiata Delights Festival!

imageIn 1997, Femi Elufowoju Jr. pioneered the first theatre company in the UK to specialise in producing works focusing on voices hailing from the African diaspora and heritage. Challenging preconceived ideas perpetuated by mainstream media, tiata fahodzi, meaning ‘theatre of the emancipated’ offers a platform for the playwriting stars of tomorrow to unveil a range of perspectives on what it means to be African in the UK. 18 years on and it’s current Artistic Director, Natalie Ibu celebrates almost a year with the forward thinking theatre company. As Natalie prepares for this year’s tiata delights festival, Theatrefullstop are lucky enough to speak with her about what the festival has to offer, why she was drawn to becoming tiata fahodzi’s Artistic Director and offers advice to aspiring theatre makers.

Hi Natalie! tiata fahodzi will be hosting the tiata delights festival on Saturday 7th November. How are you feeling ahead of the event?

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Plaques & Tangles at the Royal Court Theatre

Nicola Wilson’s Plaques & Tangles is a deeply emotional piece dealing with the complicating and devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. Megan, a mother of two, must fight this terrible illness knowing full well that no cure is yet to be found. Breaking her family apart and eventually leading to a tragic death that breaks your heart as an audience member. We also get to see the earlier years of Megan’s life which are flashbacks to her first realising she was diagnosed.

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Game @ The Bristol Old Vic Review

Game is the gloriously geeky, hilariously irreverent debut show from newly formed company Unstable King, bringing their innovative mix of circus skills, encyclopaedic gaming knowledge, and rapid fire puns to the studio stage of the Bristol Old Vic for Bristol’s Circus City Festival. As a gaming enthusiast myself, seeing a theatre company prepared to champion gaming as the artistic and sociable endeavour that it’s become, I have high hopes for the piece. I am not disappointed.

Game - Unstable King - Photo by Jack Offord (2)

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L’Enfant Qui @ Bristol Old Vic Review

L’Enfant Qui comes to Bristol as part of the Circus City Festival, a show created by France/Belgium based company Theatre D’Un Jour (or ‘T1J’).  Their self-proclaimed manifesto of ‘What is the role of man in this world?’, a theme that informs the vast majority of their projects, is here analysed through the eyes of a small child lost in the woods, and the things that happen there.

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THEATRE LISTINGS: MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER – SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER

For your round up of the latest shows in London this week!

Othello @ Greenwich Theatre

Othello @ Greenwich Theatre

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Master of the Macabre @ The Vaults Review

Master of the Macabre bills itself as the most horrifying magic show in London. This is possibly true, though the play is competing within a relatively select niche… Set in the eminently atmospheric Vaults in Waterloo, this one-man show depicts an ominous story of sibling rivalry, punctuating the tale with frequent, suitably sinister, sleights of hand.

Master of the Macabre

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One of the founders of Interactive theatre collective, Non Zero One, John Hunter speaks to Theatrefullstop about performing at this year’s The Other Art Fair!

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Forming in 2009, Non Zero One have shaken up the theatre scene with their unique, immersive theatrical experiences. Challenging conventional theatrical spaces, Non Zero One are renowned for staging pieces in galleries and museums, reinforcing the idea that theatre is a form of art that can be admired, but not from a passive stand point. The theatre collective are now taking part in London’s edition of The Other Art Fair, after receiving a commission from the art festival. Ahead of Non Zero One’s participation at this year’s festival, Theatrefullstop were able to speak to the company’s founder, John Hunter about creating interative theatre performances, taking part in this year’s festival and the inspirations for forming the company!

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Jesus Christ Superstar @ Grand Opera House York Review

Lloyd Webber‘s sexy reinvention of the Easter story is currently on tour across the UK. To call Jesus Christ Superstar a musical seems a bit tame: it’s a rock opera rich with excellent technical touches and incredibly strong vocals from the ensemble cast.

Pamela Raith

Pamela Raith

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Vera Tussing Projects present: The Palm of Your Hand at The Place Theatre Review

Captivating, intriguing and very abstract, Vera Tussing Projects presents The Palm of Your Hand at The Place Theatre, London. A merge between dance and physical theatre the piece invites audiences to follow the performers into the space, discarding all belongings to the side of the large dark studio, before exploring the area independently. There are no seats as the piece itself is a collaboration between the theatre makers and the audience. One cannot exist without the other in this experimental but deeply questionable production.

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