“All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” A statement that is as true today as when it was first uttered in 1977. In fact it was true back when William Shakespeare wrote about a Roman general, statesman and member of the First Triumvirate, whose political life ended in death and dishonour. The play was Julius Caesar, and I had the opportunity to see it recently at the Globe … [Read more...]
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The hyperbole in this varied play provides the audience with something to think about – I was intrigued by an early idea of a shadow having a shadow itself, for instance. It’s the sort of thing that would come somewhat naturally to Derek Jarman (1942-1994) (Mark Farrelly), being a stage designer and film director. This isn’t, of course, the first time Jarman’s life and career have been highlighted – in 2021, for instance, a documentary commissioned by The Guardian called Saintmaking: Derek … [Read more...]
A love triangle in a musical? How (un)original. Within the first minute, mind you, it is very much signature Stephen Sondheim music that starts washing over the audience, though Passion isn’t quite as wordy as some of his other shows. And it isn’t any old love triangle – Giorgio, an army captain (Dean John-Wilson) is in love with Clara (Kelly Price). But there’s Fosca (Ruthie Henshall), who is in love with Giorgio. She is, of course, perfectly entitled to be infatuated with whoever she wishes, … [Read more...]
Northern Ballet’s Casanova is a terrifically enjoyable show of flare and drama thrillingly performed. Attendance is the guarantee of an enjoyable evening. The ballet, choreographed by Kenneth Tindall, is the story of the life of Giacomo Casanova from the young man aspiring to be a priest first encountered on stage who is transformed by his contact with the sumptuous, alluring debauchery and dangers of eighteenth-century Venice in the first act, Paris in the second. Casanova told his own … [Read more...]
Unease stirs in the audience as George Orwell’s classic political allegory rings as uncomfortably true as ever. This new adaptation brings life and laughter to an eventually damning tale of political corruption, greed and exploitation. Animal Farm tells the story of a revolution against an oppressive, exploitative farmer to establish a new equal society for the animals on the farm. Over time, the revolution is exploited for personal gain by a few shrewd individuals who use the revolution … [Read more...]