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Kill Climate Deniers

How many climate sceptics does it take to change a lightbulb? None. It’s more cost-effective to live in the dark. For a group of activists in David Finnigan’s play, however, the solution is a little more drastic. When Environment Minister Gwen Malkin fails to explain the process of geoengineering the government are proposing to employ […]

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Second Glances

People-watching can be one of life’s great joys; depending on where you are, this could be one short cameo appearance in your day (seeing someone actually slip on a banana skin, for example) or you could find yourself gripped in something more involved (such as an argument that escalates into an actual fight). This is […]

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Rocketman

Superheroes and musicians seem to be the go-to subjects for films at the moment; after the success of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody over the winter, we now have Rocketman gracing the screens. Written by Lee Hall (best known for Billy Elliot and also responsible for the stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, amongst others) and directed […]

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Henry V (The Barn Theatre)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” Following hot on the heels of the Globe’s summer production, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester also takes on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Henry V. Over the past few years ‘patriotism’ has become something of a watchword, appealing to the far right factions and leaving many […]

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All My Sons

Belief looms large in Arthur Miller’s work; whether it’s finding a cause (The American Clock) or a question of religion (The Crucible), it’s surprising how much it crops up. In All My Sons it’s Kate Keller’s unflinching faith that her eldest son Larry, who has been missing (presumed dead) for three years, is in fact still alive […]

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Beats on Pointe

Ballet and street dance – not the most obvious of bedfellows, I’m sure you’ll agree. But after watching Beats on Pointe you may want to reassess that opinion, as the two genres stand beside each other and are effortlessly blended together in a breathless display of dance. Australian dance company Masters of Choreography returns to the Peacock […]

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Salomé

“Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you.” The final production in this year’s Lazarus Theatre Company residency at Greenwich Theatre (following on from The Tempest and Lord of the Flies) is a new version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Based on the biblical story of Herod, his new wife (and former sister-in-law) Herodias, Jokanaan (John the Baptist), […]

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Summer Street

Where can a small group of people be victims of a deadly plague, a tsunami, a poisonous spider bite, or an earthquake? That’s right, an Aussie soap! In this case, the fictional musical soap opera Summer Street. The show was a big hit in the 90s, finally bowing out when all bar one of its characters […]

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Matilda the Musical

Later this year, Matilda the Musical will celebrate its 8th anniversary in the West End; the show officially opened at the Cambridge Theatre in November 2011, after transferring from the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre after its world première in 2010, and later picked up seven Olivier Awards – this is still the largest haul by a musical (tying […]

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