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Friday, September 10, 2021

Pink Lemonade review – a lewd, jubilant induction to the queer black body by Claire Armitstead

Bush, LondonHumiliation meets humour as Mika Onyx Johnson tells of his hard-won transformation through rap, storytelling and dance From the moment Mika Onyx Johnson bounces on to the stage, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Monday, August 23, 2021

I’m finally seeing live shows again – and I feel like a kid in a sweetshop by Claire Armitstead

Kitchen discos and archive performances kept us going – but being stuck at home made me pine for a full house In the early months of the pandemic, as the survival instinct of the live arts…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Piaf review – the rise and fall of the Little Sparrow by Claire Armitstead

Nottingham PlayhouseJenna Russell captures the tragedy in this rags-to-rags story but the power of the songs can’t hide the play’s weaknesses From the moment Jane Lapotaire stepped out a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

Meet Little Amal, the puppet girl refugee about to walk 8,000km by Claire Armitstead

Later this month, in one of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged, a giant puppet will trek from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester, in a moving-theatre show of solidarity with as…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Sunday, June 20, 2021

Stars aligned: Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah on reviving a mind-bending classic by Claire Armitstead

Eight big-name actors are rebooting the award-winning love story Constellations in London’s West End. The first couple discuss their parallel careers - and their hotly disputed encounter a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Godot Is a Woman review – cheeky, geeky take on Beckett’s men-only rule by Claire Armitstead

Pleasance, LondonThe playwright only wanted men to perform Waiting for Godot – Silent Faces ask why half the world’s population is excluded in a funny, pop-culture show If you see it thr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘I wanted to capture the joy’: J’Ouvert writer Yasmin Joseph on bringing Europe’s biggest carnival to the stage by Claire Armitstead

Joseph’s soca-saturated play about three young women losing themselves to the best and worst at Notting Hill carnival parades into the West End and on to our screens In the summer of 2019 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hello Las Vegas! How livestreaming is transforming the stage by Claire Armitstead

It was meant to provide theatres with a lifeline during Covid. But livestreaming is now giving them extraordinary reach. Can it be sustained – and could it turn out to be a new existential…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Sally Bayley: what Shakespeare taught me about my family by Claire Armitstead

Falstaff, Mistress Quickly and the fairy rulers of A Midsummer Night’s Dream helped the author through a traumatic childhood and feature in her memoir No Boys Play Here Sally Bayley was ab…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Friday, December 18, 2020

A Christmas Carol review – Andrew Lincoln's Scrooge is a tearjerking gem by Claire Armitstead

Available onlineThe Old Vic’s Zoom-broadcast version of the Dickens classic is full of heart – and pulls back the curtain on Covid-era theatre Three years ago, Matthew Warchus’s produc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Michael Clark review – from the syringe solo to the bum-revealing jeté by Claire Armitstead

Barbican Art Gallery, LondonThe Scottish dance iconoclast married extraordinary technique with boundless imagination – and his work is as provocative as ever It’s one of time’s more ba…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Radha Blank: ‘Failure is a great tool in comedy’ by Claire Armitstead

After years of struggling on Broadway, the writer, actor and director takes aim at New York’s theatre establishment in her hit film The Forty-Year-Old Version There’s a moment in The For…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36AM
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Locking down Leopoldstadt: what happened when the West End closed overnight by Claire Armitstead

Tom Stoppard’s new play was enjoying a sold-out run when venues closed. Its producer, Sonia Friedman, recalls how the crisis unfolded Leopoldstadt in limbo: Tom Stoppard, Patrick Marber an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Beginning of the And: Ali Smith and Sarah Wood light up Hay online by Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival DigitalWith inimitable style Smith excavates a common pun and, illustrated by film clips, explores the transformative power of a single word The best arts and entertainment dur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Paapa Essiedu: 'Michaela Coel captures the reality of lives that I recognise' by Claire Armitstead

Since his electrifying breakthrough as a hip-hopping Hamlet, the actor hasn’t stopped. He talks about overcoming challenges and his role in the provocative new BBC series from the creator …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Monday, December 9, 2019

I Wanna Be Yours review – a love story with heady chemistry by Claire Armitstead

Bush theatre, LondonRagevan Vasan and Emily Stott star as a couple pulled apart by their backgrounds in this play by slam poet Zia Ahmed The question of how to build intimacy across the div…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

My Brilliant Friend review – Elena Ferrante's twisting tale of heroines for our age by Claire Armitstead

National Theatre, LondonNiamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack perform the central roles with magnetic force in this frenetically comic adaptation of Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet At the sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Monday, September 9, 2019

The magicians trying to change the world – one card trick at a time by Claire Armitstead

Forget trying to saw Debbie McGee in half – some conjurers are using their skills to help surgeons, refugee children and even imagine a better future What image does the word “magic” c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Friday, August 2, 2019

'Kathy Acker was incredibly warm – but her writing was so aggressive' by Claire Armitstead

As she prepares to direct an unstaged script by the late pirate queen of counterculture, theatre-maker Kate Valk recalls how they met – and how she dealt with Acker’s challenging attitud…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Nico Project; The Fountainhead – review by Claire Armitstead

Stoller Hall, Manchester; The Lowry, SalfordMaxine Peake is a woman possessed in The Nico Project, while Ivo van Hove adapts Ayn Rand’s controversial novelHow can The Nico Project excavate…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Everything must show: the department store where reformed addicts speak up by Claire Armitstead

Survivors of addiction have taken over a shop in Bournemouth to stage Secret Voices. Their raw and harrowing stories show the holiday town in a new light Two men circle each other in a salt-…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Come from Away review – surprisingly uplifting 9/11 musical by Claire Armitstead

Phoenix, LondonMaking a song and dance of how Newfoundland took in thousands of diverted passengers after the World Trade Center attack is fun up to a point There’s a lot to love about Com…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Sunday, March 10, 2019

The week in theatre: Richard II; Alys, Always; Inside Bitch – review by Claire Armitstead

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Bridge; Royal Court, LondonAdjoa Andoh leads a powerfully resonant Richard II; Harriet Lane’s bestseller thrills less on stage; and jolts mix with jollity in a wom…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00AM
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ben Okri: 'I was nearly shot because I couldn’t speak my dad’s language' by Claire Armitstead

Why was Ben Okri so keen to adapt L’Étranger, Albert Camus’s dark novel about the killing of an Arab, for the stage? He talks about his battle with the French writer’s daughter, his d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54AM
Friday, June 22, 2018

The Town Hall Affair review – the day Germaine Greer took down Norman Mailer by Claire Armitstead

Barbican, LondonThe 1971 debate on feminism is deconstructed in an almost pitch-perfect Wooster Group productionOn 30 April 1971, Norman Mailer squared up to feminism in a public debate at N…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Monday, May 28, 2018

Unicorns, Almost review – poignant portrait of a tormented war poet by Claire Armitstead

The Swan Hotel, Hay-on-WyeOwen Sheers’ evocative one-hander paints a fascinating picture of Keith Douglas and places his breathtaking prose centre-stageSince playing Wilfred Owen in a 20th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What have the royals ever done for the arts? by Claire Armitstead

From the RSC to the ROH, Britain’s most prestigious arts institutions are all by royal appointment. But as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle, is it goodbye Royal Variety Show and hello Ro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:36PM
Friday, April 20, 2018

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice review – a triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty by Claire Armitstead

The Other Palace, LondonThe showbiz veteran recovers from a shaky start to deliver a heartrending solo cabaret that melds the personal and politicalNever has a show been more aptly named. Ka…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Smile Upon Us, Lord review – a comic epic 'Waiting for Jehovah' by Claire Armitstead

Barbican, LondonThe history of eastern Europe weighs heavily in this period piece in which three old Jewish men rage against life and GodA stonecutter, a water carrier and a bankrupt grocer …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:11AM
Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Grinning Man review – the greatest freakshow in town by Claire Armitstead

Trafalgar Studios, LondonBristol OId Vic’s bewitching musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit makes a witty West End transferVictor Hugo was one of the great myth-makers of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM

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