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PILGRIMS – Hightide Festival & touring

In Festivals, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

rom Wales to this easternmost festival Tamara Harvey – newish artistic director of Theatr Clwyd – brings a new play by Elinor Cook. It’s about two young men – celebrated climbers, Everest-conquerors, bonded buddies – and their interaction with a young woman engrossed in a PhD about “folk songs, war, travel, heroes, the romantic era..”

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On acting & playwriting with Elizabeth McGovern, Ben Miles & Alexi Kaye Campbell

In Audio, Features, Festivals, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

At this year’s HighTide Festival, I spoke to playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and actors Elizabeth McGovern and Ben Miles, who recently starred in the world premiere of Campbell’s latest play Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National Theatre.

FORGET ME NOT – Bush Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Past wrongs cast long shadows. Following the passing of the 1901 Immigration Restriction Act, successive Australian governments favoured migrants from English-speaking countries in what was called the White Australia policy. Between 1945 and 1968, for example, more than 3,000 British children were sent to the antipodes and told they were orphans. They expected the sunshine of a new start; what they got was the darkness of abuse. Australian playwright Tom Holloway’s 2013 drama looks at one instance of this policy, and denounces a historical wrong while at the same time holding a family reunion story close to its heart.