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LATITUDE: The Theban Motherf**ker- Cabaret Tent

Reviewer: Kris Hallett Having given us a ‘Creep’ of a Dracula and a Victorian Secret runway of A Midsummer Night’s Dream over the past few festivals, hope was high for Action To The Word’s The Theban MotherF**ker, a rock opera ode to Thebe’s most famous Freudian dream. This reviewer hasn’t always been in love with the work artistic director Alexandra Spencer-Jones has created but has always ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director:  Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you could end violence forever by adjusting someone’s personality, would you? Even if it meant that the criminal lost their own humanity, and would that make you as barbaric as them? These debates were given voice by Anthony Burgess’ controversial 1962 novel, which became the equally controversial 1971 Kubrick film ...

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Bonnie and Clyde – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: Adam Peck Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As a nation, we do love a good crime drama and popular culture has long had a tendency to almost glamorise our most infamous criminals. From the millions who tune in for the more light-hearted cases of Poirot and Sherlockto the grislier serials like The Fall and any ‘Scandi-noir’ outing you ...

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LATITUDE 2016: Action To The Word – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Action To The Word's Midsummer Night's Dream at Latitude

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Venue: Theatre Tent Reviewer: Kris Hallett   So often the Dream is seen as the perfect family Shakespeare, a jolly few hours of magic, comedy and romantic entanglement in the wood. At the heart though is heat; the blazing sunshine of an Athenian summer and the raging horniness of lovers and fairies, who Shakespeare ...

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LATITUDE LOWDOWN: Action To The Word’s Dracula

How would you describe your show in one sentence? A SteamPunk rock concert version of the Bram Stoker original, electrified for a new generation Is this your first visit to the Latitude Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect? This is my fourth Latitude. The first time I produced the amazing James Rhodes ...

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A Clockwork Orange – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Adapted from Anthony Burgess Director: Alexandra Spencer–Jones Lighting Designer: James Baggaley Combat: Lewis Penfold Reviewer: Jim Gillespie [Rating: 3.5] A homecoming of sorts. Anthony Burgess was raised in Manchester and set his brutal satire on late 20th Century society in the city. The Lowry Theatre sits five minutes tram distance from central Manchester, and how far his dystopian vision ...

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A Clockwork Orange – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Adapted from Anthony Burgess Director: Alexandra Spencer–Jones Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4] Anthony Burgess was not happy about the way his seminal novel transferred to the screen. The amoral adolescent gang-lads seemed much more vivid, more threatening, more iconic. Whatever would he have made of this amazingly physical re-working of that 1952 tale (based on his own stage version), with ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: A Clockwork Orange – Pleasance Courtyard

Writer: Anthony Burgess   Director: Alexandra Spencer-Jones Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:5/5] Returning to Edinburgh after its 2011 season, Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ all-male production of A Clockwork Orange is a definite must see. Always a popular production, perhaps due to the notoriety of both the original novel and the controversial film, the stage version of the piece has had many incarnations. In ...

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