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FEATURED SHOW: Howard Barker’s The Castle at The Space, ★★★★ reviews are in!

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Have you booked yet to see The Space’s rare revival of 1985 play The Castle? This major new production of Howard Barker’s “theatre of catastrophe” modern classic marks ten years of Space Productions at its historic converted church home in the Isle of Dogs, east London, where it runs until 28 October 2017 only. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite …

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PHOTOS: Cast of Howard Barker’s The Castle rehearse in converted church The Space

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The Space is celebrating ten years of Space Productions at its home in the Isle of Dogs, east London, with a rare revival of Howard Barker’s 1985 play The Castle, which runs from 10 to 28 October 2017 only. Sneak a peek into how rehearsals are going for Barker’s “theatre of catastrophe” offering in this historic converted church building.

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NEWS: The Space celebrates tenth birthday with rare revival of Howard Barker’s The Castle

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The Space, the acclaimed east London arts venue under the patronage of Sir Ian McKellen, celebrates ten years of Space Productions with a rare revival of Howard Barker’s 1985 play The Castle. If you haven’t yet been, or even if you have, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit one of London’s “most exciting fringe venues”. Full cast now announced.

INTERVIEW: Director Chris Hislop on Howard Barker’s Gertrude

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Both – my favourite thing about this play is how it was written to empower an underwritten female character, and yet does such a piss-poor job of doing so. Or maybe it doesn’t – maybe Barker’s aggressive sexualising of Gertrude and blatant female nudity throughout is his attempt at female empowerment. Either way, he’s not a misogynist. Barker’s obsession with women has translated into some wonderful parts in his shows, and he’s always trying to write pieces that celebrate and empower them, just through a rather perverse lens. I don’t want to circumnavigate that entirely, just sand down some of the sharper corners.

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INTERVIEW: Director Chris Hislop on Howard Barker’s Gertrude

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Both – my favourite thing about this play is how it was written to empower an underwritten female character, and yet does such a piss-poor job of doing so. Or maybe it doesn’t – maybe Barker’s aggressive sexualising of Gertrude and blatant female nudity throughout is his attempt at female empowerment. Either way, he’s not a misogynist. Barker’s obsession with women has translated into some wonderful parts in his shows, and he’s always trying to write pieces that celebrate and empower them, just through a rather perverse lens. I don’t want to circumnavigate that entirely, just sand down some of the sharper corners.

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Why we’re all hat stands now: Having more than one job in theatre

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I have no facts to back it up, but everyone seems to multi-task. I myself have held any number of different theatre jobs – I’m primarily known as a publicist these days, but I began my career as a theatre director, which I am returning to this June with a new production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude – The Cry at Theatre N16.

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FEATURED SHOWS: Theatre N16 spring season includes Your Ever Loving, Gertrude, The Killing of Charles Bravo

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This Spring/Summer, Theatre N16 in Balham, London, will be producing three in-house productions: in April, artistic director Jamie Eastlake will be directing Martin McNamara’s new drama about the Guildford Four Your Ever Loving, followed in May by The Killing of Charles Bravo, an exclusive site-specific performance about a real-life murder that happened in Balham, where the theatre is based. Finally, in …