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31 January 2016 The Guardian

How You Gonna Live Your Dash

By Jenna Watt and Ashley Smith. A Jenna Watt theatre review

TOWARDS the start of this entertaining two-hander about life-changing moments, performers Jenna Watt and Ashley Smith lose patience with their risk-assessment instructions. They want a show bursting with pyrotechnics, where each explosion symbolises the danger, excitement and fear of breaking your routine. To play by the book is too tame. They throw the instructions away. As it happens, the fireworks they set off are more beautiful than perilous.


21 January 2016 The Guardian

The Weir

By Conor McPherson. A Royal Lyceum Theatre review.

THERE'S something unsatisfying about a certain type of ghost story. Like a card trick or a sparkler, it dazzles but leaves no impression; momentarily spooky, then gone. Playwright Conor McPherson fixes this problem. It would be easy to think of The Weir as just a series of chilling stories. You could dismiss it as a sophisticated variant on the old-fashioned tale told on a dark and stormy night.


21 December 2015 The Guardian

Mark Fisher’s top 10 theatre of 2015

1. 887, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) This summer, I was lucky to get two bites of primetime Robert Lepage. The first was in Toronto, where the Québécois director’s updated revival of Needles and Opium began a tour that will reach the Barbican, London, in July. The dreamlike fantasy linking the lives of Jean Cocteau and Miles Davis was originally performed in 1991 by Lepage himself. It now stars Marc Labrèche and Wellesley Robertson III, who navigate through the windows and trap doors of a rotating cube to tell a story that crosses continents and time zones to mesmerising effect. For stagecraft alone, it should not be missed.















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