Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Night to Remember @ The New Wimbledon Theatre Review

Having charmed the nation for well over a decade now, Strictly Come Dancing  has without shadow of a doubt rejuvenated an otherwise preserved art form, inspiring a legion of fans to put on their dancing shoes and take up Ballroom or Latin. Millions tune into the BBC hit show at the end of the year, intrigued as to which celebrities have signed themselves up for 3 months worth of gruelling rehearsals, rip roaring performances and sparkles. Well known faces take on the dancing challenge, but what’s been great about the format is that it has produced its very own roster of stars, with Brendan Cole being one of the show’s most memorable characters.

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He Who Falls @ The Barbican Pit (London International Mime Festival 2016) Review

The London International Mime Festival has yet again unveiled a smorgasboard of hidden gems, delighting audiences with a theatrical vocabulary of the physical, the visual and the genre defying. He Who Falls quite literally rips up the floor boards and levitates expectation with its imaginative charm.

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In the Night Time @ The Gate Review

Nina Segal’s experimental new work, In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises), explores the trials of two new parents unable to stem their newborn’s tears. Taking place over a single night, the couple grow increasingly desperate as the baby’s shrieks ring out. Sleep deprived and frantic, they’re soon contemplating the very morality of bringing new life into this world, and begin entertaining apocalyptic fantasies.

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Can I Start Again Please @ The Southbank Centre (Changing Minds Festival 2016) Review

“Hello, good afternoon… and I’ll just pause whilst that is interpreted”. Can I Start Again Please is a show of just that, interpretation. Winner of the Total Theatre Award 2015, this show examines the power of language, and often its failings. In collaboration with The Changing Minds Festival, this show is unique, powerful and thought provoking.

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Feast @ The Battersea Arts Centre Review

Feast. A show about food. A Baroque Banquet. Grotesque Clowning. Physical Theatre. Multimedia.. and the evolution of society? Clout Theatre present us with all of the above. I leave wondering whether I feel hungry, or ready to vomit. A fine line which Clout toy with throughout their piece, with magnificent commitment to their cause.

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Wunderkammer @ The Barbican Pit (London International Mime Festival 2016) Review

 

Figurentheater Tübingen is known for skilful and imaginative puppetry. Founded in 1991 by puppeteers Frank Soehnle and Karin Ersching, who studied under master puppeteer Albrecht Roser, Figurentheater Tübingen explores the limits between puppet theatre and other theatre genres such as object theatre. Elements of prose, figurative arts and music are combined to develop new theatre genres. In every performance the company pushes new limits regarding genre and content, challenging traditional theatrical disciplines. A “Wunderkammer” was once known as a cabinet of rare items and curiosities. This idea frames this evening, a fusion of visual and performing art.

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Infinita @ Peacock Theatre (London International Mime Festival 2016) Review

The Berlin-based company FAMILIE FLÖZ was founded in 1994 and has pioneered a new European mask theatre. Their stories are developed in a creatively collective process and every production starts out with a new ensemble. After presenting their sell-out shows Teatro Delusio, Ristorante Immortale and Hotel Paradiso, these masters of mask theatre explore the friendship of three men, from infancy to old age and the reality of death in their beautiful production Infinita.

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The Best Thing @ Jacksons Lane Theatre (London International Mime Festival 2016) Review

 

The Best Thing was the phrase that was constantly thrown at young women. ‘It’s the best thing for the baby, it’s the best thing for you; sign here.’  The Best Thing dives into the 1960s, charting the journey of a young woman whose life is changed irrevocably after vinyl records and rock and roll finds her along with a trendy young man. A fan of The Beatles and the like, we see this young lady, who we can hazard at being in her late teens, living life like most of us did during this period of time. She listens to unbearably loud music (for her father), she rolls up her skirt and gets immediately reprimanded, and apart from the usual parental disputes she is portrayed as a happy fun-loving girl.

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Sadler’s Sampled @ Sadler’s Wells Review

What a place of inspiration! We enter to the bustle of people and dance everywhere! Breakers, Tango, salsa and contemporary dancers pop up in little bursts of performances, engaging with the audience and that’s just in the foyer and mezzanine. Once we are seated we are presented with short videos of the artists telling us a little about their background and piece.

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Monologue Mondays: Presenting Anneka Gouldbourne performing a piece from Francesca Mepham’s ‘Should’.

Presenting a new video segment to the Theatrefullstop family. Monologue Mondays is a platform for both new and well known works to be performed by both established and emerging performers. First up is singer and actress Anneka Gouldbourne, presenting a monologue from Francesca Mempham‘s play, ‘Should’.

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