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Reunion & Dark Pony, John Harvard Library – Review

Dark Pony - Review - John Harvard Library

Pros: The unusual setting in a library. Cons: The large windows facing a busy street can be quite distracting. A stone’s throw from Borough station, John Harvard library bears the name of the Southwark clergyman who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637 and bequeathed most of his estate (including 400 books) to the current Harvard University. Now, the structure is also home to a public Local History Library, offering a bright and accessible space for adults and younger readers. To celebrate ...

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The State of Things, Jack Studio Theatre – Review

Pros: Engrossing and catchy . . . I’m still humming the intro! Cons: The political references are meaningful but need to be more clearly articulated. Set in a school’s music room, The State of Things tells the story of seven 16-year-olds who discover that their music course has been removed from the list of  A Level options. All talented and dedicated musicians, they start thinking of possible ways to get their headteacher, Maggie, to reconsider this decision, before realising that the ...

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Five Kinds of Silence, Etcetera Theatre – Review

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Pros: I found catharsis in the beginning of the play, which shows the death of the perpetrator. Cons: With only two people in the audience, the cast had to work harder to build the necessary tension. The stage is empty, except for three folding chairs, aligned in front of the audience, and a small table against the wall. On top of it, a bottle of whisky and some glasses. Two loud gunshots break the silence before a man, wearing a ...

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Gunshot Medley, Venue 13 – Review

Pros: The production values are excellent in every respect. Cons: Not suitable for audiences in search of easy entertainment. There is something intimate and profound about Gunshot Medley that stays with you long after you’ve left Venue 13 in Edinburgh. This must have to do with the sweet whispers of the High Priestess (impersonated by playwright and director Dionna Michelle Daniel) or with the piercing eyes and husky voice of the slave Betty (Morgan Camper). Standing in the middle of a field covered in ...

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Lula del Ray by Manual Cinema, Underbelly Med Quad – Review

Pros: Mesmerising and unprecedented. Cons: Watching the puppeteers work in the foreground is fascinating but can also divert the attention from the main screen above their heads. Living in a caravan stationed in the middle of the desert, by a vast satellite field, Lula Del Ray lives a solitary life. Her favourite pastime is to sit on the edge of a satellite dish and look at the moon. Swinging her feet in the empty space below, she wonders about the men who ...

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