Theatre

Paintings Showing First Gay Kiss in UK Theatre Acquired for the Nation

Leonard Rosoman’s paintings of John Osborne's 1965 play A Patriot for Me shine light on a stage production that was an important chapter in LGBTQ+ history....

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Is God Dead? Ben Caplan Takes Stock

The sense of historical evolution removes from us a responsibility of safeguarding the hard-won victories of the last 100 years... interview with Hirsute folksinging historian Ben Caplan ...

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Voila! Europe Returns for Seventh Year

Creatives from all corners of the continent share their inventive and politically charged stories at London’s landmark festival of European theatre....

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Whitewash Packs a Razor-Sharp and Warmly Funny Punch

Warmly funny and thought-provoking, Gabriel Bisset-Smith’s play is an important contribution to the representation of mixed-race people in culture....

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The Ballet of the Nations

Actor Billy Zane narrates an arthouse production inspired by the original piece, in which war is imagined as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Ballet Master Death....

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Theatre Programmers Called Out For Racism

Claiming that it is too much of a risk to programme work by black artists is often simply an excuse for racism, a new report argues....

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Paris Pop-up Theatre To Be Run By Refugees

The theatre will be run by an ensemble called La Troupe, consisting of eight core members and other participants, all of whom are refugees....

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Chimerica: Is Ai Wei Wei an Enemy of the State?

The Symbiosis of China & America ...

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Daniel Morden: The Empty Hand (Crick Crack Club, Soho Theatre)

His dark materials: Daniel Morden shines a light at the Crick Crack Club (Soho Theatre)...

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Crusty Hero Makes Bad: Lost in Vagueness

When the wild side is your USP, don't be surprised when all hell breaks loose...

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Franciska Themerson: Designing the Avant Garde

Whimsical worlds: Revisiting the Avant-Garde...

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Loitered Lens: Great British Tattoo Show

It's not just ink at the Great British Tattoo Show (there's rubber, lace and unguents too)...

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Loitered Lens: Womadelaide 2017

After 25 years, Womadelaide still surprises. Photos from 2017's edition...

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Unexpected, Imaginative Experiences… with Whalley Range All Stars

Security stopped us because we Went Too Far.... Whalley Range All Stars prove the power of theatre...

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Our job, as puppeteers, is to disappear: Frolicked Outdoor Puppet Theatre

Puppetry has a quality that allows us, as puppeteers, to get very close to people...

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Disbelief is right there all the time: Maynard Flip Flap

Some audiences are horrible. Maynard Flip Flap's Rick Allen dares to voice the forbidden truth....

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Art can provide a mirror to people’s lives: Company Chameleon

ance tends to find a way, regardless of setting. Comforting as it may be, there is no real need to invoke the Billy Elliot myth of northern lad shucking off the grim strictures of working class...

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‘I’m sure she knew she was talking to a puppet’: The Flying Buttresses

rebuchet applies its right to invoke Henson’s Law. (Henson’s Law: Even the world’s best CGI will look dated in a decade, but an awesome puppet will always be an awesome puppet.)...

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Illusions of Weightlessness: The Dream Engine (Interview)

Evoking tears of joy is a delicate art - The Dream Engine have it in hand...

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Emotional Journeys Beyond the Fourth Wall: Cirque Bijou

Busy? Hell yeah! Embracing the moment and making an impact with Cirque Bijou...

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Urban(e) Legends: Prodigal Theatre & The Urban Playground Team

Fourth wall on the street? Not our style at all....

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Abuse, Song, and MS: Laughing at The Doug Anthony All Stars

Brutally funny, irreverent and extremely politically incorrect....

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Loitered Lens: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Photos from the visual extravaganza that was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at Camden's Koko in July 2016...

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Pop Symbols and Unsettling Icons (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu @ Koko)

On hyper-reality, symbolism, visual constructs and pop music. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu at Koko ...

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Une Femme Au Soleil: Montreuil Theatre, Avignon

Searching for the mean streets amongst Avignon's pleasant boulevards...

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A Most Dramatic of Comas: The Theater Equation (Ayreon)

Ayreon's staging of The Human Equation is anything but comatose...

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Celebrating The Legend of Leigh Bowery at The Glory

A night dedicated to the memory of London's most flamboyant polysexual playperson...

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Seductive Storytelling, Metaphor and Myth (Shifter at Soho Theatre)

Layered fables, haunting modern myth and Afro-Caribbean folk tales in Crick Crack Club's Soho Theatre session...

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No bad religions, only bad apples: Echoes (Henry Naylor)

One very socially relevant idea prevails: religion not as the cause of evil, but as the facilitator for evil people to do evil things....

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Can We Talk About JOHN? (DV8 Physical Theatre)

Provocative, poignant and unashamedly full-frontal, DV8's John is a rough diamond of confrontational theatre...

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