I’ve selected 20 of the things that inspired, moved, amused and delighted, which have pushed the boundaries of what it possible and continued to fly the flag for theatre in the UK.
Bristol Old Vic has announced the first three of five titles that will be streamed on YouTube as part of the city-wide lockdown lifeline initiative Bristol Arts Channel.
Spring is here (finally) and with any luck, we’ve seen the last of the snow so time to think about venturing out in our evenings, such as going to see some cracking theatre.
Complicité programme for 2018 will include a reimagined version of Bryony Kimmings’ musical A Pacificist’s Guide to the War on Cancer and the return of the company’s multi award-winning one-man show The Encounter starring artistic director Simon McBurney, which will have a new three-week run at London’s Barbican from mid-April.
With Christmas in full swing, it feels like a good time to look back at the highlights of a busy year for theatre in Manchester. Here are Upstaged Manchester’s theatrical highlights of 2016. Which shows would make your list?
The Encounter is an adventure story which gets inside your head. Literally. Every member of the audience is issued with a set of headphones and using cutting edge audio technology we are transported to the Amazonian rainforest where we find ourselves inside the head of Loren McIntyre, a stranded American photojournalist.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss The War of the Worlds in the West End, a modern-dress Uncle Vanya at the Almeida production, Complicite’s The Encounter and the recent UK premiere of Rabbit Hole.
Favourite stage direction: “As the audience enters, it seems there is almost nothing on stage.”
Simon McBurney journeys up the Amazon into the heart of darkness and and finds light and enlightenment.
If there is any theatre artist reliably able to draw you into a world of disorientation, time-slip, near-death and a sense of licking hallucinogenic frogs in a dislocated space-time contiuum and speaking the language of the jaguar, it is Simon McBurney of Complicité. He will mess with your head and shiver your heart.