Author: litadoolan

Political Theatre – Edinburgh

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A host of Fringe musical premieres include official Brexit show Brexit the Musical by Chris Bryant from Strong and Stable Productions. New comedy musical Trump’d from Two Thirds Comedy and Cambridge Footlights sees Supreme Dictator Trump finally facing a unified resistance in 2030. The Marriage of Kim K from Leoe & Hyde re-imagines Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in a topical setting. Colla Voce Theatre’s new musical Buried at C too investigates what transpires when two serial killers meet through online dating, while The Poltergeist of Cock Lane investigates the only time in legal history that a man […]

Carbon – REVIEW

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  CARBON – Oxford Brookes Fine Art Degree Show The dynamic nature of this show is immediately present in Jessica Dickins’ iconic work that suspends three blocks of ice left to slowly melt onto the floor next to Hannah Burrows’ vivid coloured lines of wet paint physically dripping like slime from the ceiling. In the background is the sound of water swirling to create a multi-sensory experience that continues through out the show. Traditional fine […]

Global Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

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Summer in Edinburgh means you can enjoy theatre from around the world.  Here are some ideas. C Venues hosts an unprecedented dance, physical theatre and circus programme from around the world. JSLN Dance (Germany) return to C with Virtuosity, Don Gnu (Denmark) present A Snowball’s Chance in Hell, and Martin Kent (Spain) performs Slipstick. From Switzerland, Vanessa Cook Dance’s Creature at C south provides a unique free-fall experience for performers and audience. Kallo Collective (Finland) perform Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire. Rogue Play’s Taking Flight is outdoor immersive aerial theatre for the visually-impaired, open to all, and free […]

Summer Highlights of British Theatre

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The sun is beating down and all sorts of mixed media shows are delighting the cities.  There are dance shows made famous by TV dazzling the stages.  Tribute acts honouring American legends like Dolly Parton are thrilling people.  The contemporary dance shows filling the local Playhouses are forthright in their ability to mix media like theatrical dialogue next to acrobatic skills and yet it all makes sense.  Even though the weather is beautiful there are […]

Journeys – REVIEW

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The square canvases of Claire Wiltsher’s work accentuate the dimensions of the dramatic global scenery she captures with oil paint and mixed media.  Materials collected on her worldwide journeys are incorporated into some of the pieces to generate a 3 dimensional experience when viewed from a distance.  In exciting abstract pieces, such as ‘Spatial risks’, concentric layers of paint circle outwards to represent the dizzying dynamics of large buildings.  Circumnavigating the spherical O3 gallery, destinations […]

Forgotten Voices – REVIEW

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Strangers meet over coffee in a lobby after giving interviews of their experiences of World War I in this 90 minute performance that embraces the suffering inflicted on the survivors of man’s bloodiest conflict to date.  Kitty, widowed early in life, loses the capacity to fall in love again, ‘It was all over for me.’  Colourful anecdotes of working in munitions factories where the yellow powder taints the girls’ skin yellow are told.  The ‘bevvy […]

PASSION !

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On the site of Oxford Castle’s medieval Chapel, ‘Passion’ is performed telling the tale of Christ’s last days on earth. All that remains now of St George’s Chapel is the underground crypt that lies beneath the outdoor stage, supporting the show’s exuberant spirit that strengthens any faith you may have walked into the space with.  The four Gospels, as recently translated by Nicholas King SJ, are dramatised in the Passion Play, a format used originally […]

Equestrian Art

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Monday Lunch time review… Paintings by Neil Cawthorne and Barrie Linklater capture the dynamic speed of horses in motion whilst detailing the fine musculature of the equine species.  Scaled up sculptures by Lorne McKean portray man’s best friend such as ‘Lillie’ the Bulldog and ‘Boris’ the charismatic Great Dane. The swirling surfaces McKean finishes her sculptures with give an inner life to the subjects that greet the visitor with beady canine eyes. All work in […]

Find the Fun in making your writing SHINE!

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I love writing. Don’t you? Getting all your thoughts down on paper and out of your head. No one to say what’s right or wrong (shut up inner critic now !) No one to tell you even what to write. You can be your true self.  You can honour your feelings. You can be that rebel.  You can try out a new you. It’s all about you. What’s not to like? Ah.  Just one thing. The […]

Interval Notes

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Recently my local theatre has had a face lift.  The seats are now multi coloured and the art deco doors have a face lift.  A new portrait needs to be created.  I show how I create mine using words that then review the shows that go on inside there.  I have reviewed over 200 shows at the Oxford Playhouse and beyond. Other posts about portraits are here Guide to Painting the portrait of a show Mark the […]