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BETTER TOGETHER – Brockley Jack Studio

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Laura KresslyLeave a Comment

Political conflict, local gossip and an unstable economy threaten the foundations of family life in Better Together, the winner of the Brockley Jack’s annual new writing competition and festival. This modern, Scottish kitchen sink drama, like an updated Death of a Salesman, has sibling rivalry, the collapse of an entrepreneurial father who’s stuck in the past and a thematically complex story that mirrors the real family life in modern Britain. Excellent performances and a script instinctively following a course of intimate conflict make this play a true winner.

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HAMLET OUR BROTHER – Brockley Jack Studio

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It’s purely anecdotal, but it feels like one-person shows have become vastly more popular over the past few years. It makes sense: they’re cheaper to produce, easy to tour, give theatre makers autonomy, often experimental in form and a great way to hone performance skills. They’ve quickly become much more sophisticated, are moving away from their performance art roots and can be about anything.

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Photos and podcast: The politics of theatre at The Caucasian Chalk Circle Q&A

In Audio, Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

What’s the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing? And how much does modern political theatre owe to Bertolt Brecht?