Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Dark Room @ The Udderbelly Southbank Review

Computer games have gotten awfully clever these days. John Robertson’s one man show, The Dark Room, aims to remind us of a simpler, more frustrating time; a time when games carried no mandate to entertain or satisfy, when they roamed free from the dictates of logic or common sense. The Dark Room brings to life the word based computer games of the 80’s, reminding audiences of that very particular type of irritation that only crude software is able to produce.

dark room new head pixels (mark dawson)

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Dot Dot Dot @ Lilian Baylis (Sadler’s Wells) Review

Dot, Dot, Dot is a dance company made up of Magdalena Mannion, Yinka Esi Graves and Noemi Luz. This talented dance trio explore the layers of culture shaping our lives encapsulating a life journey through the art form of dance.

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Knife Edge @ The Pond Restaurant Review

For some, it’s a case of living on the knife edge… that constant feeling of knowing that at any moment, you could breathe your last breath, constantly watching your back to protect not just yourself, but those you care most about. The Big House knuckle down on this fine line between life and death in their aptly named Knife Edge.

Knife Edge

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Voyager @ The New Diorama Review

A theatre that invites a variety of work through its doors, produced by individual theatre companies, presents Voyager, a new devised show collaboratively created by Idle Motion. A devised show of a cast of five, Voyager, is an exploration into our nature using imagery and enlightened storytelling. Creatively presented, this show is inspired by the story of The Golden Record and the 1977 Voyager spacecraft, embarking on its journey of discovery.

Voyager

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Of Riders and Running Horses @ Still House (Mayest 2016) Review

‘We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad-hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending… The music is the rider, and we are the running horses’

So states the poetic manifesto of Still House’s Al Fresco Urban movement experiment. The space is effectively a square of ground, delineated by the seating (one row on three sides, everyone else is standing) and lights at each of the four corners, the far side dominated by a small pavilion housing the live music.  The effect is both electric and atmospheric, heightened by the subtle, carnivalesque lighting. After a short, hauntingly keening vocal intro, the drums begin to set up an exciting, throbbing beat. ‘Ok’, I think, ‘Here we go!’ Excitement mounts further, until a woman from the audience leaps up and begins throwing some fairly confident shapes all around the square. She is followed by four more, until, with a total of five twisting, surging figures, the troupe is complete. We are only five minutes in. The show has begun.

Of Riders and Horses

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We Wait in Joyful Hope @ Theatre503 Review

When a piece can shatter a stereotypical view and offer an unconventional lens to a situation, then you know what you are witnessing is of great importance. Theatre503 Writer in Residence, Brian Mullin delivers a powerhouse of a lead in the thought provoking We Wait in Joyful Hope.

We Wait in Joyful Hope

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Win a pair of tickets to Cargo @ the Arcola Theatre!

CargoTo celebrate 3 years of Theatrefullstop this July, we are giving away a pair of tickets to Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo, a timely piece of theatre placing a lense on the lengths people will go to to escape the horrors of their homelands in the hopes of improving their quality of life.

Playing at the Arcola Theatre from Wednesday 6th July until Saturday 6th August, Cargo promises to bring to light the humanity that lies beneath the heart breaking images witnessed on news reports on a daily basis and leave audiences feeling more connected to the sad realities of those who have no choice but to flee.

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Opening Skinner’s Box @ Bristol Old Vic (Mayest 2016) Review

‘How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable? Why do we keep doing things that hurt us?’ These are, among others, just a few of the questions which Improbable Theatre Company attempt to tackle in their Mayfest entry, Opening Skinner’s Box. Based upon the popular and controversial book by Lauren Slater, the play runs through ten of the most influential psychological experiments of the 20th century. It tackles topics of drug addiction, relationships, memory, obedience, belief, among several others.

Opening Skinner's Box

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Theatrefullstop Presents… The Pub Theatre Festival 2017!

Theatrefullstop have teamed up with both the Etcetera Theatre and Lion and Unicorn Theatre to present the first Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged in April 2017.Etcetera Theatre
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Words Words Words @ Leicester Square Theatre Review

Words have the ability to inspire, teach, entertain, break hearts, anger, confuse… the list is endless. They are a currency all of their own, and arguably increase in value as we age. This is the primary manner in which as humans we communicate, and it is 2nd nature, we don’t question it. It’s a fact of life.

Lowri Amies in Words, Words, Words (c) Lowri Amies (3)

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