Monthly Archives: November 2015

Animal Farm

There is a reason why George Orwell is popular in theatre and it is because his writing seems more relevant now than ever.  This production from University of Manchester Drama Society uses Nelson Bond’s 1961 adaptation and sets the play in 1980s Thatcherite Britain.  It’s an ambitious undertaking, performed in the studio at Ziferblat Cafe… Continue Reading →

This Last Tempest

It’s a deceptively simple concept.  Caliban and Ariel are left together on the Enchanted Island as Prospero sails away.  They have it in their powers to make the island whatever they want, yet they are bounded by their own limitations and the echoes of Prospero’s words and deeds over the previous twelve years. This production… Continue Reading →

The Case for Circus

When I’m in Edinburgh for the Fringe, I try to see physical theatre, circus and dance.  There’s a lot of innovation in these areas, and it’s fascinating to see what performers can do with no or limited text, using just their bodies to tell a story and express emotions.  Performers come from across Europe; audiences… Continue Reading →

Vesper Time

Stacy Makishi whips up the Contact audience for the fifth time, extolling us to let ourselves go.  It’s a sermon, she is the preacher.  Everyone stands, some dance, most sing: ‘So remember when we were driving driving in your car … I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone.’ I’d been wanting to… Continue Reading →

Whose Sari Now?

Whose Sari Now? is the latest offering from Rasa Productions.  Written and performed by Rani Moorthy, it takes us through a woman’s relationship with her sari in different environments. Six stories are woven together with the central thread of the Sari: an old woman close to death tries to find homes for her saris, then later… Continue Reading →