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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri for Where We Began at HighTide Festival, Walthamstow

In Interviews, London theatre, Native, Plays, Regional theatre, Special Events, Sticky, Ticket recommendations, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Sunday 23 September 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock chairs a discussion with Stand and Be Counted Theatre, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, as they bring their highly political, and deeply personal, new play Where We Began to HighTide’s Walthamstow Festival as part of a national tour. Got any questions?

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Video of the Week: The Kite Runner actors respond to Donald Trump

In Features, London theatre, Native, News, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Special Events, Sticky, Ticket recommendations, Video by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The company of The Kite Runner have started a nightly curtain-call ritual, reading out a response to US President Donald Trump’s executive order this past week banning Syrian refugees as well as all immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Worth watching and sharing.

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CARGO – Arcola Theatre

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

Civil war is raging in the formerly united, newly named Kingdom. Loyalists and rebels have divided up the charred, frightened remains. Religious fundamentalism and capital punishment are the law of the land. There are furtive rumours of a better life across the channel, and there are regular passages to Calais. Money can buy passports, or if you don’t have any of that, there are people who will help you stow away as Cargo that you can pay later. But safety isn’t a given once you’re on board.

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Empathy: The relationship between theatre and the refugee crisis

In Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Native, Plays, Quotes by Guest BloggersLeave a Comment

Empathy is an important word in theatre. Compassion and human connection are at the forefront of what makes good theatre work, and my own starting point for any piece of theatre I may work on is ‘what does it make me feel?’ This was definitely the driving factor behind my decision to stage Tess Berry-Hart’s Cargo at the Arcola this July.

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CIRCUS DIARIES: The Return by Circa

In Cabaret, Circus, Festivals, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

Australian company Circa arrive back on UK shores with a wash of scenes that paint a tense journey of migrancy, and the pressures that can bring to human relationships. The six acrobats (Nathan Boyle, Daniel O’Brien, Nicole Faubert, Bridie Hooper, Brittannie Portelli, Duncan West) are joined by classical musicians who play themes from Monteverdi’s opera Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, which also appear in colder, reworked digital adaptations.