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Author Archives: Craig Hanlon-Smith

The Idiot Brain, Dome Studio (Brighton Festival) – Review

Pros: Interesting discussion, led by smart, funny presenters Cons: More of a book promotion than a performance The Idiot Brain is billed as a light-hearted look at the psychology of superstition, the neuroscience of sleep, how tall people are more intelligent, and why a glass of wine might improve our memory. I anticipated a performed approach to the subject not unlike that in Ruby Wax’s ongoing tour Sane New World. A serious subject, approached in an engaging and intelligent way, but ...

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Shakespeare Untold, Dome Studio (Brighton Festival) – Review

Pros: An imaginative new perspective on well-known stories Cons: Risks being patronising at times In a combined production from Shakespeare’s Globe and Seabright Productions, Shakespeare Untold introduces us to the worlds of Romeo & Juliet and somewhat obscurely Titus Andronicus, through the fictitious peripheral characters of the Capulet’s party planner, and the Emperor of Rome’s head chef. At two hours long, complete with interval, Shakespeare Untold is a fringe festival exception but the audience are never restless, not even for a ...

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