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Status – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Chris Thorpe Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: James McColl If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. This Theresa May quote looms over Chris Thorpe’s latest show, Status. It’s the first thing we see projected against the impressive video backdrop, designed by Andrzej Goulding, and Thorpe later admits that as much as he wishes ...

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Hadestown – National Theatre, London

Music, Book and Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There are many stars that have aligned to create Hadestown, a hellishly magnificent new musical based on Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 concept album which reframes the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the grand tradition of the music of the American South. Chief among them is Mitchell herself, ...

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Confirmation – High Street Exhibition Gallery, Ipswich

Writer and Performer: Chris Thorpe Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Glen Pearce Our beliefs are what shape us, but what if those beliefs are at odds with mainstream society? We may try and look at the views of others but can we really put ourselves in others’ shoes if we find their beliefs abhorrent? In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, ...

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RoosevElvis – Royal Court, London

Writer: The Team – Rachel Chavkin, Libby King, Jake Margolin, Kristen Sieh, Matt Hubbs, Nick Vaughan, Andrew Schneider Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   Inspired by a great many things, a lot of which only get half-lit before burning up, the jumble of metaphors, emotions, cultural memes and history is mostly entertaining but tiresomely pulls attention every which way ...

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NEWS: BEHAVIOUR 2015 Festival Launches

The Arches in Glasgow haveannounced the programme for BEHAVIOUR 2015: their annual festival of live performance, providing a snapshot of today’s mould-breaking international and UK artistic talent. Now in its sixth year, the anything-goes festival sets its sights on the future, with an exciting roster of performers poised to provoke. With the General Election on the horizon, political futures will ...

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Confirmation – Northern Stage@Kings Hall, Edinburgh

Writer:Chris Thorpe Director:Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman There are subjects that are easy to address – both in theatre and the wider world – and there are some that are not. Writer/performer Chris Thorpe’s latest show,Confirmation, is a gutsy dialogue which addresses one of those difficult topics head on: it is intimate, it is challenging, and it poses deeply uncomfortable ...

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Catch-22 – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan On the initial publication of Joseph Heller’s satirical masterpiecein 1961, the New York Herald Tribune hailed Catch-22 as ‘a wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book’. Much of the same could be said of Heller’s own stage adaptation, currently on tour with Northern Stage at the Oxford ...

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Catch 22 – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joseph Heller served in World War II, flying sixty bombing missions in 1944. It took him until 1953 to be able to write about his experiences and the feelings of those serving, and his debut novel, Catch-22, was published in 1961 to a mixed critical reception. Part of that might be ...

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