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Cardinal Pirelli

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Tristan & Yseult

22 July 2013 - 05:39 PM

I couldn't see any other thread on this (and it's just finished its little tour so a bit late) but just wanted to mention how wonderful this was.  I had a long journey to Bristol and back for the Saturday matinee and it was worth every moment.

The images it left me with are just beautiful, the finale especially, which had me in tears (if you've seen it I'd hope you were the same too!).

In this Kneehigh mingle music, physicality and fourth wall breaking perfectly. What is interesting, for me, however, is a result of the fact that I totally missed their early shows in London so have been pretty much seeing them in reverse order (thanks to this and the Red Shoes revival).  Their style appears to have pretty much fully formed in these early shows and they are, to me, just as effective as their later ones. I did see The Wild Bride, in between Red Shoes and only one of the ten or more of their shows I've seen was average, that being Steptoe and Son.

It's off on an American tour, I suppose it may have some dates here after and, if there are, do go.

Rickson Mulling Mojo Revival

05 July 2013 - 09:50 AM

According to Bamigboye today, with a cast including Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays, Robert Sheehan and Rupert Grint.

Not far off twenty years ago I loved this when I saw it at the Royal Court on a baking hot Saturday afternoon. It really was a sparkling debut for Butterworth, Seeing it at the Duke of York's (?) later with a different cast it was less successful with an audience who just didn't seem to appreciate it in the way they had done at the Court (and in front of me was a man with the noisiest coat that I've ever had to suffer listening to, these things rankle, decades later!)


(plus Here Lies Love at the Dorfman, the word from New York has been great on this one)

The Drowned Man

21 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

Just home from 'The Drowned Man' and it's so good to have Punchdrunk back, compared to their imitators this is the real thing, fully immersive, complex and beautiful. A triumph. Given it's only the second preview, it's a minor miracle they managed to pull it together.

If you know Woyzeck and know what Hollywood/California is like, then you shouldn't have a problem understanding what's going on, as long as you put the leg work in (and it is pretty tiring), I managed to latch onto one of the main plots pretty soon and, from that point on, it's just a matter of putting the jigsaw together. This is also a dance show remember, you need to appreciate dance and there's more of it than usual, not just the contemporary work but a number of more choreographed pieces.

Some hints coming up but I'll put them behind spoilers so, if you want to be surprised, DO NOT LOOK.


Oh, and there were a number of audience members who didn't seem to have a clue what they were seeing, at the very least you'd think that they'd have found out what promenade means..... I fear that, for a while in the first booking period, you are going to get a number of trendy metropolitans who go because they think they should and who don't actually have much interest or inclination towards immersivity, dance and so on and; given it's 2007 since their last big show then they haven't yet had the chance to find that out. That's a price for success, you attract the ones who go because it's cool/trendy, whatever the current modish term is! To tell the truth, I hope they get put off. Do not go! I can say that because I don't have to worry about commerciality.

I go to a lot of immersive work; dreamthinkspeak, in comparison, charge a lot for much less (in fact I much preferred their 360 degree Hamlet 'The Rest is SIlence' to their promenade shows), Shunt produce unfinished and unexplored work, Wildworks are wildly variable (one year the Passion, next Babel.....), You Me Bum Bum Train and Look Left Right provide brillliant one on one experiences without any wider theatrical context. The Punchdrunk style gap has been filled.

The Seagull - Headlong - On Tour

30 May 2013 - 09:36 PM

I hope others have seen this, I'd highly recommend it, a great new translation that gives the sort of jolts that audiences in Chekhov's day would have experienced, excellent performances throughout and an intriguing and nicely integrated design.

It's such a painful play to observe and, coupled with seeing Ibsen's 'Public Enemy' in the evening (see that thread for comment on that), one that left me despairing for the world both personally and politically. My fault for booking both for the same day!

It is, however, as humane an exploration of life as you could imagine in this production. I'd put it alongside the Dillane/Roach Young Vic 'Uncle Vanya' as one of my favourite Chekhov productions.