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

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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?

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Putting Alan Rickman’s theatre work (and activism) centre stage

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You don’t need me to tell you that Alan Rickman passed away last week, or how shocking and unexpected his death from cancer was at the age of 69, just days after his contemporary David Bowie shuffled off this mortal coil in similar circumstances. I had just sat down at my laptop mid-day last Thursday after returning […]

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Year in Review: My top Twitter activity in 2015

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If you know me at all well, you’ll know that I’m a Twitter addict. I can’t help but share with you a few collections that give a fascinating insight into not just the stuff I’ve been ranting about on social media over the past 12 months, but more interestingly, the stuff that you, and others like you, have found most interesting of the stuff I’ve been ranting about.

Year in Review: My top Twitter activity in 2015

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

If you know me at all well, you’ll know that I’m a Twitter addict. I can’t help but share with you a few collections that give a fascinating insight into not just the stuff I’ve been ranting about on social media over the past 12 months, but more interestingly, the stuff that you, and others like you, have found most interesting of the stuff I’ve been ranting about.

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Pigs, politics and other hotbed issues theatre tackled in 2015

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Dominic Cavendish thinks this year’s theatre lacks relevance to current affairs. He’s probably been working under a commercial and subsidized theatre-shaped rock (as mainstream critics are prone to), citing Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa as, “number one in a field of one” where, “nothing stood out as ‘the’ play for today.” Matt Trueman defends theatre’s ability to […]

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WASTE – National Theatre

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Do scandals have a sell-by date? When it comes to sex and politicians, the answer is no. The tabloids, and the news-hungry public, still seem to relish a good story about a powerful man who is caught with his trousers around his ankles. So Harley Granville Barker’s Waste — first put on in 1907 and then rewritten some 20 years later — is ostensibly a highly relevant drama of a personal tragedy in which our characteristic national mix of prurience and puritanism gets a longwinded airing. Certainly, the plot is instantly recognisable.

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What do the Old Vic and Labour Party regime changes have in common?

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I’ve witnessed at first-hand two regime changes over the past few days and curiously they have a man in common: Ed Miliband. The political regime change, the announcement of Jeremy Corbyn as Miliband’s Labour Party leadership successor, has of course dominated the news this weekend. As a Labour Party member myself – and one who […]

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Review: Shrapnel (Arcola Theatre)

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‘My name is Savas Encü. This is my uncle Hüsnü. We are diesel smugglers, we have no weapons’ – fourteen year-old Savas recites the mantra which has served as laissez-passer across the rugged mountain border between Iraq and Turkey a hundred times before … … but one cold winter night in December 2011, thanks to […]

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Podcast: How to find Hope when the streetlights are turned off

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  It’s frightening how prescient Jack Thorne’s Hope is. Just this week, new research released by the Labour Party showed that streetlights are being switched off in three-quarters of England’s councils in order to save money. And there’s a likelihood that even more will be “plunged into darkness” after the Government’s most recent announcement of […]