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Four Corners – Stratford Circus Arts Centre – Review

Credit: Yuzuru Masada

Pros: Exceptional performances from all and some stunning design elements. Cons: If you are not one for physical theatre then perhaps this isn’t the show for you. Though I knew there was a theatre in Stratford, I’m ashamed to say I had never been. So, walking into Theatre Square, I was amazed to find not just one not two, but three theatres! All three are grouped together in a sunny square with a statue of the mother of modern theatre, ...

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Greenwich Theatre – Review

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Pros: Interesting staging, combined with well-rehearsed choreography and movement. Cons: A tad confusing at times and doesn’t work hard enough to fulfil Brecht’s wish of making the audience think. Brechtian theatre is difficult, both in meaning and in staging, so any company that chooses to tackle the challenges that come with this playwright and practitioner’s work, should be commended. If you are not familiar with Bertolt Brecht’s “epic” theatre then you may, at points, wonder what on earth is going on. Particularly ...

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Before It Starts, Mirth Marvel and Maud – Review

Credit: Naked Frank Theatre

Pros: Some graceful physical theatre in a vivacious 30’s venue. Cons: A confusing mix of themes and impersonal performances across the board. Some 13 years after the EMD Granada cinema closed to the public it has finally reopened, giving the people of Walthamstow and afar a lively 1930’s inspired hangout. It is now the home of Mirth, Marvel and Maud offering an eclectic assortment of music, food and theatre. What could be any better? Being a lover of all things ...

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