Immersive art is enjoying a sparkling revival this year with the rapidly growing popularity of Secret Cinema, then Punchdrunk’s sell-out immersive production of The Drowned Man. This Christmas opera is also going immersive, with a new production of Hansel and Gretel in a former cricket-bat factory in the heart of Peckham.
This is a wonderful, epic and cinematic work which also plays with the language of theatre. Shechter’s intelligent creation explores violence by constantly playing with audience expectation and overturning it through humour, political allusion and challenging choreography.
In 1931, in Alabama, a terrible miscarriage of justice took place. Nine young African-Americans were arrested on a trumped up charge for rape on two young white women. All nine were sentenced to death.
Rosemary Friedman has been writing satisfying short stories for over fifty years. Sarah Lawson reviews a recent compilation and tries to work out how she does it.
Angela Kirby’s latest collection artfully encompasses both broad humour and tightly controlled grief
The fourteen artists in this exhibition explore the nature of time and how different timescales can function simultaneously in an artwork. They operate in painting, photography, sculpture, installation, film and performance.
D A Prince finds good things in Caroline Squire’s prize-winning pamphlet collection.
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs welcomes the reappearance of some half-hidden R.S. Thomas poems
Thomas Ovans confronts some radical views expressed in radical verse in Steve Ely’s latest collection
Merryn Williams is pleased to get hold of the first – albeit brief – biography of the much admired Cornish poet Charles Causley.
Sarah Lawson has set her enjoyably teasing narrative ‘somewhere in a crease between the pages of the London A-Z’
Macbeth & Henry The Fifth (Little Angel Theatre & Unicorn Theatre, London) – reviews by Carole Woddis.
For a long time in this country, children’s theatre or theatre for young people was seen as a secondary art form. How things have changed. Proof, if it were needed, of this amazing sea-change was readily to hand last weekend when, by chance, Little Angel and the Unicorn both launched new productions based in Shakespeare and good enough for any 10 year old upwards to derive the greatest pleasure and entertainment.