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vessel, Battersea Arts Centre – Review

Sue MacLaine - vessel (Credit Hugo Glendinning) (7)_resized

Pros: Let’s talk about an intriguing piece of abstract art Cons: Let’s talk about intense inscrutability Let’s talk about conceptual theatre. This is not a play in any conventional sense, jettisoning character and plot in favour of something almost entirely different. Let’s talk about four women sitting in a row on chairs within vivid yellow circles as though hemmed in by the whirls of an enormous highlighter pen. Let’s talk about reading and repeating lines that all begin “Let’s talk ...

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Thrive, Artsdepot – Review

Credit: Phil Crow

Pros: Stirring performance that inspires and immerses its young audience members and works to appeal to non-theatre goers. Cons: At times the immersive aspect felt overwhelming and was slightly distracting for me. This being my first trip to Artsdepot, I was impressed with the quality and quantity of space. It has a very open, bright and airy atmosphere; like it’s just waiting for you to create something. Several floors are each filled with different studios and performance spaces. Artsdepot is situated deep ...

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Autobiographer, Toynbee Studios

Written and directed by Melanie Wilson★★★  Pros: An enchanting lighting design and equally great sound for such a modest venue. Offers a compelling perspective on the important issue of dementia. Cons: A little wordy and lengthy in places, didn’t quite hold my attention throughout. Not suitable for those who don’t like ‘artsy’ drama. Our Verdict: If you’re looking for serious fringe theatre, look no further. To be honest, you should go just for the pleasure of the lighting design alone!  ...

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