Monday, July 22, 2024

The Map of Argentina review – magnetic, messy affairs of the heart by Helen Meany

An Taibhdhearc, GalwayCharacters suffer as they make painful choices between duty and desire in the premiere of Marina Carr’s play The title throws a wild card into the mix in Marina Carr�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Sunday, July 21, 2024

Red Speedo review – moral dilemmas and personal fears surface in doping drama by Chris Wiegand

Orange Tree theatre, LondonFinn Cole plays swimmer Ray, whose life enters choppy waters when performance-enhancing drugs are discovered at his club A pair of swimming briefs is quite the cos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24PM

Bullyache’s Who Hurt You? review – a messy self-assured world of glitter and sweat by Lyndsey Winship

Bold Tendencies, LondonLike a live music video crossed with avant-garde dance theatre – and utterly steeped in young queer British culture A show that claimed to cross Kenneth MacMillan’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:02PM

From OnlyFans to medical trials - the extreme measures artists take to fund Edinburgh festival shows by Rachael Healy

Crowdfunding and finding patrons are among less painful options as cost of performing at the fringe soars In the run-up to the Edinburgh festival fringe last year, comedian John Tothill was …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM

Somnium review – Philomela’s violent tale told with ethereal artistry by Helen Meany

Bank of Ireland theatre, GalwayDirector James Riordan blends ancient ritual and modern technology, while the music of Julianna Bloodgood is compelling Ethereal sound and imagery transform a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM

Galway international arts festival: Reunion; Endgame – review by Clare Brennan

Black Box; Town Hall theatre, GalwayA family reunion unravels with viciousness and humour in Mark O’Rowe’s new play. And Garry Hynes’s searing direction makes Beckett new Since it laun…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM

Chariots of Fire review – hugely enjoyable production that’s not just running on the spot by Kate Kellaway

Crucible, SheffieldAn excellent cast and clever use of movement add up to a fine revival of Mike Bartlett’s 2012 version of the film, directed by Robert Hastie in his final season as the C…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM

National Youth Dance Company 23/24: Oona Doherty: Wall review – a riveting exploration of identity by Sarah Crompton

Sadler’s Wells, LondonDoherty choreographs England’s flagship youth dance company in expressive solos, fragmented motion and beautiful tableaux that go by in a flash There’s a brillian…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM

The week in theatre: Echo; Visit From an Unknown Woman; The Baker’s Wife – review by Claire Armitstead

Royal Court; Hampstead; Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonFiona Shaw, Adrian Lester, Toby Jones and more explore the refugee experience in an intriguing multimedia show; Christopher Hampton pe…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM

Craig Revel Horwood says Strictly Come Dancing allegations are ‘shock’ by Pa Media

Accusations of abusive behaviour in rehearsal rooms ‘complete news’ to judge of the dance show Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has said allegations of abusive behaviour t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM

A Netflix film, statue and a newly discovered first edition: joy at celebrations of Aphra Behn by Vanessa Thorpe

As the career of the pioneering writer is remembered, an 1688 copy of her novel Oroonoko is the cherry on the cake The striking name of the playwright and novelist Aphra Behn, pioneering que…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:06AM
Saturday, July 20, 2024

Penelope Wilton: ‘My street cred went up when I did Shaun of the Dead’ by Rich Pelley

The actor, 78, talks about her mean headmistresses, collection of paintings, getting lost in north London and the perks of being a dame I had a ghastly time at school. I was dyslexic, which …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:36PM
Friday, July 19, 2024

‘It’s mind-blowing for me’: Boris Charmatz on leading Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal by Chris Wiegand

The French choreographer took over Bausch’s dance company in 2022. He never met his hero, but explains how their histories have entwined In 2023, the German choreographer Pina Bausch’s g…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:02PM

Unspeakable Conversations review – Liz Carr and Mat Fraser’s straight talk is enthralling by Helen Meany

Mick Lally theatre, GalwayPlaying a disability rights lawyer and the philosopher Peter Singer, as well as themselves, the actors deliver a powerful production A remarkable real-life encounte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:02PM

‘It’s about how you find hope after abuse’: Laura Horton on Alan Partridge’s PA and coercive control by Rachael Healy

Downtrodden sitcom assistant Lynn Benfield is the inspiration for a play about a woman who escapes a relationship and starts a band. Its creator explains why its more true-to-life than you�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:02PM

The Hot Wing King review – Katori Hall’s comedy sizzles with joy by Arifa Akbar

Dorfman theatre, LondonThis Pulitzer-winning play delicately explores issues of race, sexuality and masculinity with humour as the main ingredient A group of Black American men have convened…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:02PM

Close Up review – zoom in on a sporty dance of cool control by Chris Wiegand

Opéra Grand, AvignonNoé Soulier’s new piece has six dancers, five musicians and one fixed camera which picks out details from individual and entwined figures For his new creation, French…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
Thursday, July 18, 2024

Hello, Dolly! review – Imelda Staunton plays the matchmaker with stunning results by Arifa Akbar

Palladium, London For all its Broadway dazzle and gags, this musical’s story of midlife bereavement and a second chance at love carries intense feeling How often do you see an old-style mu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24PM

Forever (Immersion dans Café Müller de Pina Bausch) review – a heartbreaking redux by Chris Wiegand

La FabricA, AvignonBausch’s 1978 classic is presented six times, interspersed with memories of the performers, in this epic treatment by Boris Charmatz Since Pina Bausch’s death 15 years…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:02PM

Daniel Kitson detests audience participation but still manipulates us like marionettes | Brian Logan by Brian Logan

The comedian’s show Collaborator involves 160 audience members getting speaking parts – and Kitson has anticipated every possible question, anxiety or misstep What happens when an audien…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:02PM

Echo review – starry meditation on shapeshifting meaning of home by Kate Wyver

Royal Court theatre, LondonVarious actors, including Adrian Lester and Fiona Shaw, step into playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s shoes as he reckons with the possibility of never returning to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM

La Vie Secrète des Vieux review – older people reveal the full glory of their sex lives by Chris Wiegand

Chartreuse de Villeneuve, AvignonThere is gallows humour and unzipped ribaldry as a mischievous group share stories that are joyful, tender and sometimes eye-watering Warning! The people in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM

Investment in the arts will pay off for Lisa Nandy | Letter by Guardian Staff

Tom Taylor says most of the problems in the in-tray of the new culture secretary are traceable to one cause: underfunding We hope that Lisa Nandy’s appointment as culture secretary stops t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM

The Baker’s Wife review – Stephen Schwartz’s lip-smacking musical has a soggy derriere by David Jays

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonClive Rowe and Lucie Jones star in Schwartz and Joseph Stein’s tale of a French bakery, given a chamber setting Life should be sweet as our asparagus and ap…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Gareth Southgate tried to unite rather than divide, says Dear England writer by Lanre Bakare Arts and Culture Correspondent

Manager ‘was everything we didn’t have in our politics’, insists James Graham as he rewrites ending of play The playwright James Graham has paid tribute to the outgoing England footbal…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

Who’s laughing now? The gags that derailed comedy careers by Brian Logan

Kyle Gass’s ill-judged Donald Trump assassination jibe has put Tenacious D on ice. Will he be for ever cancelled, or bounce back like Billy Connolly and Jo Brand? On the edge. Walking a ti…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM

The play that changed my life: ‘Comedians got me the job running the National Theatre’ by Richard Eyre

Our series on theatrical discoveries continues with Trevor Griffiths’ incandescent examination of laughter and prejudice, remembered by the director who first put it on I very nearly lost …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Hope, hopelessness and heroism: why theatre is making a splash with sport by Emma John

From the Gareth Southgate play Dear England to Red Speedo, about a swimmer caught doping, dramatists are using sport to examine class, race, morality – and life in Britain today Will no on…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM

Hannah Platt: ‘I’m a crotchety old man trapped in the body of a little girl’ by Interview By Liam Pape

The comic on her standup heroes, using depression as an inspiration for laughter and stereotypes about northerners How did you get into comedy?I’d always wanted to do it but was way too se…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Monday, July 15, 2024

The Trumpeter review – a vital dispatch from the siege of Mariupol by David Jays

Finborough theatre, LondonThe last surviving member of a military band shelters from Russian bombardment in Inna Goncharova’s valiant attempt to capture the terrible essence of war As the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Sunday, July 14, 2024

Live comedy in UK has become serious business worth £1bn a year, study claims by Rachael Healy

Researchers say standups’ contribution is unsung, and hope findings will help to bolster the industry’s credibility The live comedy industry in the UK contributes more than £1bn to the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM

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