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Zara – The Piece Hall, Halifax

Director: Joyce Lee Reviewer: Jay Nuttall On the courtyard of Halifax's eighteenth-century textile trading headquarters, The Piece Hall, are protesters with placards demanding Zara's rights. Cherry pickers, heavy plant machinery and even a tank lie in wait for their cue as fake rolling news coverage ramp up the expectation of the birth of Zara's baby. Part narrative, part light installation ...

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FEATURED: A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

God walks onto the stage and instantly the audience erupts into deafening applause and the ovation continues. The sold-out Olivier Theatre is filled with his greatest fans and admirers, all of whom snapped up tickets within hours of the interview being announced only three days before. God subtly pushes at the air with his downward-facing palms and an excited hush ...

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NEWS: National Theatre Launches Smart Caption Glasses

When we think of innovation in theatre it tends to be on stage – directors such as Ivo van Hove or companies like Complicite entirely reimagining what we see, hear and experience, reinvigorating the classics or completely reinventing theatre as a sensory experience. Yet before the curtain rises, some of the most impactful innovations can fundamentally alter the audience experience. ...

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NEWS: National Theatre launches new season at Autumn Press Conference

“National must mean national” Rufus Norris proclaimed at the launch of the 2018-19 season, introducing a programme of activities and initiatives that span not just the National Theatre’s three auditoria – the Lyttelton, the Olivier and the Dorfman – but focus on UK-wide engagement through community-led projects, touring productions and NT Live screenings. With our future cultural output threatened by ...

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FEATURE: Festival of Ideas: James Graham and Rupert Goold

Celebrating their 250th anniversary, the Royal Academy is hosting a 10-day Festival of Ideas, bringing together some of the finest creative minds in a series of intellectual debates on art, music, theatre, literature, architecture and film. Writer James Graham and Director Rupert Goold are two men not short of ideas, and a one-hour conversation about making responsive accessible theatre expands ...

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LAUNCH: James Graham’s Sketching at Wilton’s Music Hall

Amidst all the clamour for greater representation across the industry, playwright James Graham and Director Thomas Hescott are about to genuinely change the lives of eight undiscovered writers with their collaborative new show James Graham’s Sketching, using Charles Dickens’ anthology-approach to storytelling in Sketches by Boz as its inspiration. The yet to be written show will portray 24-hours of London ...

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Everything Must Go – Birmingham Wholesale Markets

Directors: Friction Arts Reviewer: John Kennedy Friction Arts, melding fusion and immersive conceptual installations weaves a non-linear narrative of a day in the life of the once myriad market trades-people. For three consecutive days (three years in the realisation), the abandoned Wholesale Markets become their nucleus. This unique setting allows for micro and macro events focusing on the triangular concrete ‘island’ ...

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The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant – The Duplex Cabaret, New York City

(Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant) (Duplex, NYC)

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Benefiting various women’s shelters throughout New York, the one-night engagement of The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant sets typical beauty pageant tropes on their heads. With men as contestants, the pageant creates clever send-ups of patriarchal constructs outside of the pageant world using the beauty competition format as framework. Featuring one former Miss America (Kirsten Haglund), two former ...

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