November 2016

The Shadow Or In The Shelter Festival, Colour House Theatre

Last month saw Green Curtain Theatre's The Shadow or in the Shelter Festival take place in London. Taking its name from a speech that Irish President Michael D Higgins gave in 2014 – “Ireland and Britain live both in the shadow and in the shelter of one another, and so it has been since the dawn of history.” – the festival examines the lives of Irish men and women who travelled to London, from 1916 to the present day. Of the six plays in the festival, five were written by women.

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Little Pieces of Gold: Where Are We Now, Southwark Playhouse - Review

Without a doubt, the decision by the 51% of the UK population who bothered to vote to leave the EU, left many – including myself – angry and bewildered. Almost immediately, naked aggression has come to the fore with an 78% rise in race hate crimes. Hot on its heels, the British government toyed with different ideas and legislation to curtail levels of immigration and to scrutinise the levels of non-British personnel working for British firms. The latest Little Pieces of Gold event run by Suzette Coon deals with the ramifications of Brexit and all the concerns raised above. As you might expect, it makes for unnerving viewing, especially as some of the more satirical pieces when written earlier this year, have borne out to be true in time.

Author's review: 
4

STRAWBERRY VALE 2.0 - Ovalhouse (work-in-progress)

The use of computers and digital technology projections in theatrical has been steadily increasing in recent years. While the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Nether have helped with awareness of the limits of its use, the real questions paradoxically are can its use ever feel 'organic' to a production and does digital tech ever fall in danger of sacrificing humanity for sophistication?

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