One of the most vexed questions around prostitution today concerns the legal status and rights of sex workers. Feminists and policy makers fall into two camps.
Sam Shepard’s 1983 play has now become a theatre classic because of the hugely challenging roles it gives to four actors. The plot centres around the love-hate relationship between an incestuous half-brother and sister.
Grown Up explores the gap between what we teach our children and what they really want to know. We meet five young performers on a mission to understand the world around them.
Sharon Eyal danced with Israel’s famous Bathsheva Dance company and was House Choreographer from 2005-2012. It is her genius that is at the source of this compulsive modern ballet which publicises itself as being ‘about love out of sync’.
After the trauma of Kristallnacht in November 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was persuaded to agree that thousands of Jewish children come to Britain through a rescue effort that became known as the Kindertransport.
It’s an indictment of society when the well-born, well-bred and very carefully brought-up are willing to condemn those they supposedly love on circumstantial evidence. As a homosexual living in times that brushed him aside as a confirmed bachelor, Noel Coward more than many must have felt the urge to scandalise the hypocrites drinking tea from china cups who passed for the civilised classes.
The absurdity of preparing a role you will never perform because a God-like director never summons you is so superlatively Beckettian it’s amazing no understudy had thought of making it into a play until understudy-turned-writer Dave Hanson found inspiration while waiting endlessly in the wings. Or perhaps everyone else just baulked at the challenge of measuring themselves against Beckett’s genius, which can make the excruciating sublime.
This was my first trip to Emily Dobbs’ pop-up venue Found 111 on the Charing Cross Road. It is impressive. I had missed this play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and was pleased at the chance of catching it. I was not disappointed.
In the confusing explosion of activity that is the Edinburgh Fringe, NewsRevue has the huge advantage of being a known brand whose appeal is all the greater when a torrent of unsettling news leaves us craving comic relief and the decades-old formula of satire set to music is still the best of tonics.
In our post-fact world where we drown in other people’s opinions, life as a hard-up, stand-up comedian trying to make a name has got harder. And on the Free Fringe periphery of the Edinburgh Fringe – where artists effectively busk in a tatty room with a few uncomfortable seats and a bucket for contributions as there is no formal entrance free – it has become an even more extreme act of faith.
The Italian word for cheerful, allegro in music implies a happy kind of brisk walking pace. As the title of that rare thing – a virtually unknown Rodgers and Hammerstein musical – it is both apt and poignant given that maintaining an allegro mood throughout life is next to impossible.
If you go down to the woods today, you’d better not go alone, not so much because of the dangers that lurk there as for our far greater ability to fight them as a team. That’s the standout message from this dark and gleeful take on a clutch of fairy tales and on real relationships.