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Missing, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

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Pros: An exhilarating performance that barely uses words, but takes your breath away and makes you feel so much.   Cons: You have to interpret and feel the show, rather than be given all the answers. In 2015, Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall was engulfed by flames. With perseverance and hard work by the firefighters and theatre team, the front of the building was opened 26 hours later. With the support of over 6,000 people, they raised funds, re-housed shows and ...

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The Forecast, The Place – Review

Amy Bell The Forecast 2 (Pari Naderi)

Pros: Funny, witty, and beautifully performed Cons: A couple of sections felt too long Perhaps it’s a cliché, but they do say the English love to talk about the weather. However, they’re not so keen on discussing sexual matters, so Amy Bell’s pairing of these themes in The Forecast might seem a little unusual at first. It works beautifully. Over the course of an hour she navigated issues around gender, identity and sexuality the way one might travel though high ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Wilton’s Music Hall – Review

Kneehigh The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk 3 c Steve Tanner Marc Antolin as Marc Chagall Audrey Brisson as%-X2 (1)

Pros: Everything about this production, from the performances and the writing to the music and the design, is fascinating to watch and touching to experience. Cons: It is hard to say anything bad about this deeply felt love story and the dedication of the team behind it. After captivating audiences at The Globe in 2016, Kneehigh’s play about Marc and Bella Chagall, art and love begins its 2018 tour with a four-week stop at Wilton’s Music Hall. Fitting the magical surroundings of Wilton’s like ...

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Last Clown On Earth, Pleasance Courtyard – Review

Credit: Derevo

Pros: Arresting images and dark humour. Cons: A clown in existential crisis inevitably produces a show light on belly laughs.~ For the first half an hour I was baffled. I’ll admit that I had been expecting more of a twinkly eyed, red nosed, falling-over kind of clown. This was a challenging work with striking visual images, but some of the staging was shabby and it didn’t hang together well. Russian actor Adasinsky’s company Derevo (it means tree) made their Fringe ...

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