Eliza Drake’s bedroom is one of a child between girl and womanhood. She has a cosy duvet on her twin mattress, pictures of her family in frames on the bookshelf behind the bed, small figurines and a mesmerising moon lamp. She is restless for the storm is keeping her awake. Her older sister is getting ready to leave the nest, something about which Eliza is clearly nervous.
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It was in 2009 when Davy Macdonald first launched the first of annual solo exhibitions which often feature his interest in the Gothic architecture of Edinburgh and the haunting sense of history around the Old Town.
Learning from the future. On the day I watched this performance there was a technical hitch quite soon after the show started. It was halted and began were it had stopped 10 minutes later. You enter the stage with Leah Marojevic standing naked beside a white obelisk, redolent of the monolith encountered in Stanley Kubrick's '2001 A Space Odyssey'. Across the front of this is projected in a Sans Serif font 'I Was A Body'.
This is a double bill show with two dances; Born to Manifest (Joseph Toonga) and Like Honey (Becky Namgauds) The opening performance of Born to Manifest with Jospeh Toonga and Theophillus 'Godson' Oloyade shines a bright and searching light onto the horrible nature of our society and the challenges that young black British men face on a daily basis. The dancing illustrates the restrictions, constrictions and daily resistance that is encountered.
This is an interesting, intimate look at identity and belonging, focusing on the different perspectives of three members of a British Chinese family. A site-specific piece, it is set in a restaurant, with the audience wearing headsets, as voyeurs of this private family discussion. The audience is also given a drink to take to the table, adding to the immersion of the piece.
Humour is laced throughout this delightful adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Managing to keep a great deal of the story in this condensed version, this is a fun and engaging show that should keep Austen fans happy.
Looking at the resistance work of the White Rose group, composed of activists in Germany rebelling against Hitler, this is a poignant true tale of the sacrifice made by many. By the use of young people in this production, it serves as a reminder of just how young those involved were, including Munich University students and their professor.
This charming one act play (1935) by Noel Coward was later adapted into the classic romantic weepie Brief Encounter, (1945). A romantic tale of a lonely mother and housewife, swept off her feet by a handsome stranger with the chance to escape her dull suburban life.
From Phantom of the Opera to Wicked, from West End to Broadway and beyond, Musical theatre is big business. Wannabe actors dream of their big break and this is their behind-the-scenes story about the long hard struggle to become a star of the musical stage.
Rather than the classic “show within a show,” this a light hearted, often hilarious, song and dance revue.
Let’s start at the beginning.
No, a starting point, as Inflatable Space has a number of beginnings.
Thaddeus Phillips hefts a large black canvas bag onto the stage. It’s heavy because it contains the universe. Sitting in the audience he watches as the contents of the bag unfold, cocoon like, to fill the stage.