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Fringe First Award winning Director David Mercatali talks to Theatrefullstop about his latest production, Cargo!

David MercataliDavid Mercatali’s star seems to forever shine even brighter with every production he works on. 5 years ago, Mecatali was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer and has gone on to fulfil the Award’s championing of his work to stage pieces that get audiences talking. In 2013, he went on to win a Fringe First Award for his staging of Dark Vanilla Jungle and subsequently went on to be nominated for Off West End Awards in 2011 and 2014. Having also worked with theatre’s most exciting talents, Mercatali shows no signs of slowing down. Ahead of his staging of Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo soon to show at the Arcola Theatre, Theatrefullstop were luck enough to speak with the award winning director about the show!

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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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hamlet is dead. no gravity @ The Arcola Theatre (VOLTA International Festival) Review 

hamlet is dead, no gravity by Ewald Palmetshofer, presented as a part of the Arcola’s VOLTA International Festival, presents a family with too many skeletons in the closet, two sets of friends with patchwork pasts and throws in a birthday and funeral – wrapped up in the beautiful Studio 1 at the Arcola, all brickwork and girders.

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Caught @ The Arcola Theatre (VOLTA International Festival) Review

Christopher Chen‘s new play, Caught, presented as part of the Arcola‘s VOLTA International Festival is a thick, false-bottomed guillotine of a play, that betrays its audience again and again, sweeping legs out from underneath everyone at every turn.

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Playwright Christopher Chen speaks to Theatrefullstop about his latest work Caught, making its UK debut at this year’s VOLTA International Festival!

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For a fortnight, the Arcola Theatre will welcome a range of collaborations, as four established international playwrights join forces with four esteemed UK directors. Award winning playwright Christopher Chen is accustomed to having his productions staged in the U.S., however the UK will witness his work for the very first time. Ahead of Chen’s play, Caught, debuting at VOLTA, Theatrefullstop were lucky enough to speak to him about working with Offstage Theatre’s Artistic Director, Cressida Brown, whether being an award winner adds pressure to his creation of future works and why he was drawn to take part in this year’s festival!

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The Invited @ The Arcola Theatre (Grimeorn Festival 2015) Review

Opera Room, a company that is dedicated to writing and producing new operatic works whilst maintaining a classical flair, presents a new “classically modern” opera by Richard Knight and Norman Welch in the studio space of the Arcola Theatre.

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Daphne @ the Arcola Theatre (Grimeborn Festival 2015) Review

It is a wonderful thing to have the inadvertently selective seats of an Opera performance made available and potentially appealing to a general audience. The availability side of things has been tackled by the Arcola’s Grimeborn Festival, which for nine years has been opening its doors to a wide range of more experimental Opera shows for a refreshingly accessible price. The appealing side has to then be ingeniously approached by the varied selection of Opera makers using the Arcola’s studio spaces, the performers and their wits as vessels. With a performance of Richard Strauss’s Daphne (and a libretto written by Joseph Gregor), it is Jose Gandia as the director and conductor that puts on an enjoyable but in no way extraordinary performance that I have had the chance to see.

Daphne - Richard Strauss - Opera at Home - Grimeborn - The Arcola - 20th August 2015 Producer - Alexia Mankovsky Director - Jose Gandia Assistant Director - Henriette Rietveld Piano - Marta Lopez Set & Costume - Victoria Johnstone Lighting - Philip Jones Cast includes - Justine Viani, John Upperton, Panos Notourtoufis, James Gower, Borja Gomez, Dario Dugandzic, Milena Dobrzycka, Ros Stern, James Aaron, Victor Sgarbi, Violetta Gawaro, and Erika Jones

Daphne – Richard Strauss – Opera at Home – Grimeborn – The Arcola – 20th August 2015

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Marsha:A Girl Who Does Bad Things @ The Arcola Theatre (Grimeborn Festival 2015) Review

How to review a play that dictates reality so thoroughly on its own terms? Marsha: A girl Who Does Bad Things invites us into a claustrophobic world where logic does not obtain and reason has no purchase. In so doing, the operetta offers a palpable experience of mental disturbance and some rather oblique insights into the topic…It also offers, a headache to any reviewer trying to describe the experience!

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GALA @ The Arcola Theatre (Grimeborn Festival 2015) Review

For an onlooker to observe a piece of art and to recognise the artist at the blink of an eye is testament to that artists contribution to their field. The Persistance of Memory is notably, if not Salvador Dali‘s most famous work, a portrait depicting a number of melting clocks in a barren landscape renders a series of question marks. The man behind the portrait is celebrated for his contribution to the surrealist movement, however many may not be as aware about his wife and muse, Gala Dali.

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Gariné @ The Arcola Theatre (Grimeborn Festival 2015) Review

The Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre is back for its ninth year. Offering reimagined classics, obscure masterpieces, and interesting new work, Grimeborn is one of the summer festival highlights in London, taking opera aficionados on a journey of discovery. One of the productions definitely worth seeing is Gariné by Dikran Tchouhadjian, the first opera composer of the Ottoman Empire and known during his lifetime as “the Armenian Verdi” and “the Oriental Offenbach”.

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