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Split Britches: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) – The Barbican

Writer: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Hannah Maxwell. Director: Lois Weaver. Reviewer: Hannah Powell Unexploded Ordnances; old relics from wars past buried just beneath the surface of the ground, a small possibility of them destructing ever present. Maybe in a minute, a day, a week, a month… Split Britchesencourage us to explore the topics of ageing, anxiety, and desire through ...

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300 el x 50 el x 30 el  – The Barbican, London

Created and performed by FC Bergman Reviewer: Richard Maguire When you think you’ve seen it all, along comes FC Bergman. It is not a football team, but it has the verve and swagger of one in the Premier League. Instead, FC Bergman is a Belgian theatre company specialising in the experimental and with 300 el x 50 el x 30 ...

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Mother –  The Barbican, London

Creator: Peeping Tom Director: Gabriela Carrizo Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nightmares have never looked so beautiful than in Mother, the new show by Peeping Tom, the cult dance company from Belgium. On the wide stage of the Barbican, dancers are staccato lightning-bolts electrified by grief and unrequited love; they come together to produce wondrous and shocking tableaux of loss. In the ...

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Bêtes de Foire: Petit Théâtre de Gestes – The Barbican, London

Creators and Directors: Laurent Cabrol and Elsa de Witte Reviewer: Richard Maguire Playing as part of the London International Mime Festival, Bêtes de Foire, at the Barbican’s Pit theatre, doesn’t exceed anyone’s expectations of what mime entails, but this small circus show from France is executed with such old-world charm that it’s hard not to be swept away. The London ...

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Beware of Pity – Barbican Theatre, London

Adaptors: Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble Director: Simon McBurney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Pity is one of the most complicated emotions; on one hand, it speaks of compassion and thoughtfulness for others while, at the other extreme, it can be patronising or give the recipient false hope. Based on a novel by Stefan Zweig, theatre company Complicite ...

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Cathy Come Home – Barbican, London

Writer: Tony McBride, adapted from the teleplay by Jeremy Sandford Director: Tony McBride Choreographer: Sarah Levinsky Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the 50 years since it was first broadcast, the BBC play Cathy Come Home has come to be seen as the archetypal polemical drama. Its story of a couple who found themselves drawn into homelessness chimed with the viewing public, ...

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Cheek by Jowl’s Ubu Roi – Barbican, London

Writer: Alfred Jarry Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Annegret Märten This play, it farts, it licks, it spits. Cheek by Jowl's hugely successful Ubu Roi returns to the Barbican in all its decadence-smashing scrutiny. An adolescent boy with a camera pans over dead meat and the extreme close-up is projected on the crème walls of a pristine dining room. A middle-aged ...

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Opus No 7 – Barbican Centre, London

Writer: Dmitry Krymov Music: Alexander Bakashi, Dmitry Shostakovich Director: Dmitry Krymov Reviewer: Mary Halton The dizzying scope of Dmitry Krymov’sOpus No 7sinks in slowly, rather than being readily apparent, as the space is stacked with visual metaphors and a rich tapestry of social, religious and artistic struggle is played out across the Barbican’s main theatre stage. Forming two distinct acts, ...

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