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Archive | February, 2013

Review: A Life Of Galileo

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Laurence Sullivan

The RSC’s A Life Of Galileo is like a mighty but slightly ailing engine; it takes a little while to get going, but once it does the payoff is marvellous. Part of the problem is that Brecht is quite a preachy playwright. Throughout the play we learn an enormous amount about Galileo himself but also […]

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Review: Macbeth

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Emma Mottram

A dystopian Scotland, separated from the UK due to years of economic disaster, is the setting for Jamie Lloyd’s fast paced, high-energy production of Macbeth. As the opener of the Trafalgar Transformed season, Lloyd has dusted the cobwebs off Shakespeare’s complex tragedy and given us a play that does not reflect the past but rather […]

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The Wicked Stage: Why is A Chorus Line a singular sensation?

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Sarah Green

A Chorus Line makes a triumphant return to the West End for the first time since it premiered in the UK in the late seventies, which ties in with research I have been carrying out as part of my postgraduate studies. Until now, I had failed to realise through all my previous studies into musical […]

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Mind over Matter: Searching for meaning in the verbatim – what is the purpose of theatre?

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Katey Warran

What is the purpose of theatre? BIG question. There are, of course, multiple reasons why a production may take place: to entertain; to educate; to make an audience laugh, frown or cry. Nevertheless, there does seem to be something that all theatre sets out to do: to make us feel. A production seeks to provoke […]

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