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Years ago it was a cliché that if your house burnt down you’d grab the photo albums. After a break up you’d either burn the photos, take them out and reminisce when you felt sad, or clip the significant other out of the photo. Love letters. Now it’s all online. Who has photo albums to… Continue Reading →

Sometimes when you let go of language you are left with an emotion that you understand

Recently I posted an article entitled ‘Watching theatre in a language that is not your own‘ after watching a play in Germany. I used the phrase ‘Sometimes when you let go of the language you are left with an emotion that you understand.’ A month ago I saw Andy Smith’s Summit at the Martin Harris Centre… Continue Reading →

Shakespeare in the Autumn

During September and October I have seen six different Shakespeare productions, each of which has tried to do something different to bring the text to life, or to relate the themes more closely to contemporary issues. What have they done and has this been successful? Othello from English Touring Theatre (reviewed here) at Oldham Coliseum… Continue Reading →

Othello

English Touring Theatre bring Othello to Oldham Coliseum as part of a national tour, the same theatre and company that presented the superb Weir last year. This is an Othello with the ambition to relate to modern day events, to reflect the challenges we see both nationally and globally of ‘them’ and ‘us’. The set… Continue Reading →

Adrift

Children’s stories can be a powerful way to raise big issues. There is something in the way that a child looks at the world, the innocence of what they see and the disbelief at the action of adults, that hits home the brutality of the lives that adults lead. Adrift, from Action Transport Theatre and… Continue Reading →