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A charming mermaid who happens to tap

A charming mermaid who happens to tap

Edinburgh Diaries – 7th August I’ve always been a succour for a mermaid story, every since I first came across the legend of the Mermaid at Zenor . Not surprisingly the sea in Tessa Bide’s The Tap Dancing Mermaid plays a major role – the sea, and its partner in tide the moon (played here … Continue reading

A double dose of Nina Simone

A double dose of Nina Simone

Edinburgh Diaries – Aug 7 Black is the Color of my Voice and Nina Simone: Soul Sessions are in many ways two halves of the same.  In the former Apphia Campbell explores the Nina Simone story through the conceit of a conversation with her late father, aided by a suitcase of memories. In the latter, … Continue reading

A reimagined The Overcoat

A reimagined The Overcoat

Edinburgh diaries 7th August Curiously the trailer is not the show I saw, but it does give a flavour of the world that Brush Theatre inhabit, a world where digital and analogue collide, where live performer seamlessly merge with their digital counterparts. At its heart Brush Theatre’s The Overcoat is about a father and a … Continue reading

Day 3 at Spill – honesty, politics and activism

Day 3 at Spill – honesty, politics and activism

Towards the end of a SPILL Think Tank event on death and dying Martin Russell from St Elizabeth Hospice Ipswich mentioned the work of William Utermohlen, whose self portraits document the artists journey into dementia. Such searing honesty in art reminded me of the work of Bobby Baker, and particularly her Diary Drawings documenting her experiences … Continue reading

Wild Duck at the Barbican

Wild Duck at the Barbican

Back to the Barbican (I’d been there last Sunday when a power outtage had caused the cancellation of British Sea Power’s brass band collaboration) for the International Ibsen Season, and Belvoir Sydney version of The Wild Duck.  Here’s what I scribbled on the train back…. Just occasionally a piece of theatre picks you up by the … Continue reading

From my Spill Festival Notebook, day 1

From my Spill Festival Notebook, day 1

I’d seen Ray Lee’s SIRENS before (the work premiered in 2004) but I wasn’t quite prepared for how overwhelming the piece would be in a former church. There is something quirkily Gilbert and George about the set up. Two men, high priests of sound and motion, in almost identical grey suits studiously play with sound … Continue reading

American Pyscho – blog notes

American Pyscho – blog notes

Rupert goulds musical version of American Psycho is as precise and clinical as bateman’s narrative. Highly stylized it feels more like an exuberant elongated pop video than a musical, owing more perhaps to Jerry Springer the Opera than that other bloodthirsty musical Sweeney Todd Continue reading