Chrysalis/The Factory

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As immersive theatre becomes increasingly popular, the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company bring a very original and different experience to the Swan Street Studio.  The Factory sees a large part of the building transformed into a commercial enterprise – Chrysalis – that produces ethically sourced food and cosmetics.  However the truth is much deeper. Structured as much like a… Continue Reading →

Absent at the Winter Gardens Blackpool

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A large part of Blackpool’s Winter Gardens have been turned into a hotel development in Absent, an installation from dreamthinkspeak. The premise is deceptively simple.  Local woman Maggie Morgan wins £1,000 on the pools in 1957 and moves into the Winter Gardens Hotel with enough money to stay for two months.  In 2016 the hotel is… Continue Reading →

Shakers

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As you enter the Hope Mill Bar the cast are already waiting at tables.  Buy a drink, or a token for a cocktail and find a seat.  There’s good attention to detail, glow sticks, menus with cast bios, sweets in cocktail glasses.  There’s a one to one briefing from a waitress about what will happen;… Continue Reading →

One day in Edinburgh

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How to spend one day at the Edinburgh Fringe*?  I tend to stay at Pollock Halls, one of the few affordable places in Edinburgh if you want to sleep in a bed.  There’s also the huge buffet breakfast, perfect to start the day.  From there it’s a short walk to Summerhall. First show would be… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh – Camille

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Camille, performed by Kamila Klamut at Summerhall, looks at the life of Camille Claudel, hugely influential but underrated sculptor.  It’s one of the saddest creative stories of the last hundred years, a sculptor who heavily influenced, maybe even bettered, Rodin, but succumbed to prejudices against women who wanted to live their lives outside established norms of… Continue Reading →