Minimalist Theatre at its Most Seductive: Reviewing 'Hedda Gabler'
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by Georgia Gibson
1w ago
As you step into the intimate Bread and Roses’ theatre to take your seat, you walk past Hedda Gabler, played by Eliza Cameron, as she drapes herself across the stage’s central white table like a bored house cat. Much like a house cat, Hedda’s domestication cannot tame her. She messes with the furniture, moving the two wooden chairs and the wide table that make up the simple set into unexpected positions along the small stage’s floor. This prelude sets up a tantalising production in which Ibsen’s singular setting stifles the fiery protagonist, stoking the domestic drama that turns deadly by the ..read more
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Hannah Khalique-Brown on How Those "Naughty" College Days Have Led Her to 'The Secret Garden'
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by Anwesh Banerjee
1w ago
It is a ridiculously gloomy day in London, and the rain refuses to stop pouring in sheaths against my window panes. “I hope it stops before our performance this evening, otherwise everyone is going to get so badly drenched,” quips Hannah Khalique-Brown, while beaming at me in a high-neck pullover on Google Meets.  Companies of players up and down the country are mostly impervious to the tempests of Britain’s temperamental weather, but not Khalique-Brown. She stars in The Secret Garden at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – her first performing sojourn in an amphitheatre, she tells ..read more
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Adolescent Reverence: Ethel Cain’s ‘Childish Behaviour’ Tour
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by Hannah Tang
1w ago
Photos by Hannah Tang Outside Camden’s Roundhouse, a queue trails the length of Chalk Farm Road, draped in an array of virginal white prairie dresses, muted camo shirts, and dangling silver crosses, a patchwork of fabric somewhere between a Flannery O’Connor scene and a church service. Despite a sudden downpour, Ethel Cain’s crowd remains upbeat, excitedly discussing the rumoured setlist and comparing their journeys to the venue – one fan tells me he’s flown thousands of miles to see her live. Among the anticipatory chatter, one sentiment shines through: this performance will be nothing sho ..read more
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Barbie exhibition review – saccharine factory of neoliberal dreams ★★★☆☆
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by Ernest Chlopicki
1w ago
 © Jo Underhill for the Design Museum In 2022, a unique Barbie doll spent six months orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station as part of a landmark mission. The doll was sent into space with a muse that inspired its creation, Europe’s first female commander of the International Space Station, Samantha Cristoforetti. While in orbit, Cristoforetti conducted a Q&A with five girls as part of Barbie and the European Space Agency’s joint commitment to encouraging young girls to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers and scientists. However impressive, space expl ..read more
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66 by Paul Weller Review: ‘…humbled by the majesty…’ of this album
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by John Gilheany
1w ago
Photo via Flickr, licenced under Creative Comms. Few people wholeheartedly celebrate getting older, especially those in the music and other creative industries. This is not the case for Paul Weller. Celebrating turning 66, Weller has gifted us with an incredibly rich and diverse album, packed with soul and reflection.  Starting with the artwork by Sir Peter Blake, a simple yet classic styling of blue and red borders on a dark navy background, makes the central focus the bold 66 painted in yellow and green. This throwback to classic 1960s pop-art reflects Paul’s personal interest ..read more
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Immersive Theatre and Found Spaces: 'Still Lives' at the Old Waiting Room, Peckham Rye Station
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by Faye Elder
1w ago
★★★ I stood outside the Old Waiting Room of Peckham Rye Station, waiting to be welcomed inside for Lost Text/ Found Space’s production of Noel Coward’s Still Lives. I wondered why we were all asked to wait outside, with a blue ‘admit one’ ticket, but my question was quickly answered when the six female actors adorning the same blue suits appeared. They all uttered the same phrase, urging the audience members to follow them as we were about to miss a train. Hesitant at first, one by one audience members entered the building, a derelict old waiting room, filled with chairs that were dotted abou ..read more
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'Problemista' Review: Julio Torres' "Fairytale Of Failure"
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by Barney Nuttall
1w ago
Julio Torres’ surrealist comedy Problemista is a fairytale of failure that uses magical realism to tackle the experiences of migrants in the U.S. Granted, Torres’ use of meme-like visuals carries the risk of trivializing this heavy topic. Yet, his sincere portrayal of the hostile world facing protagonist Alejandro (Torres) manages to sidestep schmaltz. Consequently, the painful experiences of many migrants trying to survive in the U.S. are navigated with empathy, understanding, and insatiable compassion. The film opens on a Dali-esque playground in the jungle in El Salvador, built by Aleja ..read more
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‘The Secret Garden’ Review: Despite a Few Misses, This Adaptation Hits Home
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by Anwesh Banerjee
1w ago
★★★ | If my memory serves me right, I was somewhere in the early years of middle-school when I first read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. This was also the first time I had encountered the much used English literary trope of the abandoned, orphan child who comes of age all by themselves in a sprawling physical space, flooded with grief and death. But Burnett’s novel, set in the foggy Yorkshire moors, was far from being a drab read. It had a luxuriant richness to its prose that was further exacerbated by the comfort found in following the adventures of Mary Lennox—who, like me, was ..read more
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Meet Mya Kelln: The ‘Hedda Gabler’ Director and King’s Student Debuting her First Off-West End Play this July. 
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by Georgia Gibson
2w ago
From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city in the Canadian prairies, twenty-year-old Mya Kelln is a creative force to be reckoned with. Having made waves in King’s College London’s theatre scene over the past few years, Mya’s self-confessed drive to “push the boundaries of what it means to be a young artist” is clear to anyone who has watched one of her electric productions.  This July, Kelln’s work moves beyond student theatre onto an off-West End stage, with her adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler running at The Bread and Roses Theatre from July 2nd-13th. I sat down with Mya to di ..read more
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God They're Brilliant: Reviewing The Fortune Theatre's New 'Mincemeat' Five
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by Rachel Pantrey and Rachel Annette
2w ago
★★★★★ | Recently, we were invited to check out the new 2024 cast of the Olivier award-winning musical Operation Mincemeat. Having performed for the past month, we were excited to see how they would tackle the characters' personalities and make each their own. This show has garnered well-deserved hype, so we were interested to see where it could go next. Overall, we found that each cast member has settled into their characters, bringing along uniquely profound quirks. Their differing interpretations, in comparison to the preceding original cast, were eye-opening and offered a different insight ..read more
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