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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

Phaedra(s)

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

 

Art house cineastes and followers of European `high art’ will thrill to a combination of cinema ghouls (the shower scene from Psycho), desire (Pasolini’s Teorema) and gore (the stylised lobotomy scene from Graeme Clifford’s Frances). Others may also delight in a spot of necrophilia, incest, fellatio and general debauchery. Ah, I can feel a bout of philistinism coming on… Continue reading

Minefield

Royal Court, London (****)

© Tristram Kenton, David Jackson (in Thatcher mask) and Lou Armour

© Tristram Kenton, David Jackson (in Thatcher mask) and Lou Armour

LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) exists to the do the unexpected. Argentina’s Lola Arias works a miracle. Taking former enemies in the Falklands War, she moulds them into a wholly different kind of fighting force in an act of reconciliation and rehabilitation. Continue reading