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Europe

Donmar Theatre, London ****

Runs: 2hrs 20 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen July 1, 2019:

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) - immigrants and residents clashing up against each other...

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Ron Cook (fret), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) – immigrants and residents clashing up against each other…

How fascinating to see David Greig’s Europe again twenty-five years on from its premiere. What was Greig thinking about, I wonder, when he first wrote Europe in 1994? – a landscape so far distant from our own in 2019 in terms of optimism in a play also now so prescient of the violence that immigration has unleashed on Europe reigniting the rise of neo fascism barely fifty years after the war that many must have thought had crushed it forever.  Continue reading

Late Night

Barbican Theatre, The PIt (*****) – LIFT 2016

© Vassilis Makris, Blitz Theatre Group in Late Night

© Vassilis Makris, Blitz Theatre Group in Late Night

Imagine the hypnotic purity of a Pina Bausch, the despair of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, the American film where exhausted dancers during the American 1932 Depression circle endlessly. Add the musical melancholy of a Jacques Brel type song. Then imagine it all transferred to the context of Europe and Greece in the grip of austerity since the economic collapse of 2008.  Continue reading