This is a beautiful and intriguing piece of work about beauty and the ways in which it is harnessed, homogenised and distorted for commercial purposes. Through delicate use of movement, words and music along with effective imagery and film displayed on a floor to ceiling screen, the performance shows while beauty may exist in objective isolation, once a context is applied, it may be made ridiculous, even dangerous in its power to project inappropriate meaning. The production is interspersed … [Read more...]
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Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson at the Olivier Theatre
After the recent Windrush Generation government scandal, this National Theatre production of Small Island couldn’t have come at a better time. Based on Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel and adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, it tells the stories of two families, one white and one black leading up to the arrival of immigrant workers from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Read the full review...