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Italian Theatre Festival, Print Room at The Coronet – Review

Pros: A rare opportunity to see some of Italy’s most iconic theatre works. Cons: The language barrier is only partially compensated by the presence of subtitles. Promoted by the Italian Cultural Institute and curated by Monica Capuani, the first edition of the Italian Theatre Festival was hosted at The Coronet, a long-standing arts institution in the heart of Notting Hill. Spread over two days, the event included four plays by some of Italy’s most renowned theatre-makers, as well as a ...

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DNA – Alexandra David-Néel, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Theatre 1) – Review

Pros: A brave attempt at presenting the correlation between quantum physics and Buddhism. Cons: Unengaging delivery With its 80-minute running time, DNA – Alexandra David-Néel is one of the longest shows at this year’s Fringe festival, where most productions sit within the 60-minute mark. Whoever goes beyond that limit aims at allowing enough time for the narrative to build, but this can’t be said for Mariane Zahar’s work, where the dramatic development is muddled and hard to follow. The French woman Alexandra David-Néel ...

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Testament, ZOO Charteris – Aviary – Review

Pros: The director conveys a consistent message using sound, lighting and movement. Cons: The topical existential conflicts within the piece could be expanded. After a car crash in which his girlfriend Tess (Hannah Benson) dies, Max (Nick Young) wakes up in a hospital bed with a great unresolved dilemma. His memories from a distant past blend with those from the last hours before the incident in nightmarish visions dominated by the presence of Jesus (David Anglandand) and Lucifer (Daniel Leadbitter). Haunting him ...

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Blackout, Summerhall (Old Lab) – Review

Pros: All the stories used in this piece are authentic. Cons: The presence on stage of more women than men might send the wrong message. Using real statements from recovering alcoholics, Mark Jeary creates a powerful choir of voices addressing the most common issues related to alcohol abuse. He plays the role of the old timer, joined on stage by Cameron Fulton as the newcomer. Miriam Sarah Doren as has been sober for a year; Camille Marmié has been in recovery for six ...

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