REVIEW | First Love | Gate Theatre Production

The one-act play First Love, by profound playwrite Samuel Beckett, is an excellent example of Beckett’s compelling storytelling.

Told on a bare stage, with the only accents being a bench and a door, a nameless man walks on stage in a beige overcoat and hat. Barry McGovern is regarded by many as one of the leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett’s work. Renowned for his touring productions of Beckett’s one man shows, his performance of First Love is utterly poetic.

Telling the story of when he was evicted from his family home after his father’s death. He found himself a park bench and began to survive as a tramp. Shortly after his eviction, he meets a prostitute who took him in and gave him a place to stay. After slipping into her bed at night, she surprises him with the new of her pregnancy.

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Rambert: A Linha Curva, © Hugo Glendinning

REVIEW | Rambert | The Lowry

Last night Rambert took to the stage at the Lowry to perform three pieces from their autumn season, including the premiere of Flight.

Rambert bring a contrast of varying pieces which each have their own distinct styles. Opening with Flight, choreographed by Malgorzata Dziezon, it is a piece about movement and borders. The dancers use moving walls to create the feeling of entrapment. Experimenting with the idea of isolation, their movement is delicately strong as they move against each other, fighting for space.

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INTERVIEW | Oliver Johnstone | RSC

This year in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the RSC are live screening their productions worldwide. Tomorrow, Cymbeline, the romantic play that explores power and jealousy will be screened across the world. I spoke to Oliver Johnstone who plays Iachimo in Cymbeline and Edgar in King Lear – which will be screened from the 12th of October. We talked about his two highly contrasting roles and the process involved in screening a live play with an audience.

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REVIEW | Ghost | UK Tour

Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost has stripped back all of the visually stunning staging and innovative digital imagery that the musical is renowned for, to focus on the intimate chemistry and potent emotion of the characters.

Telling the story of young couple Molly and Sam who are hopelessly in love and whose lives are blissful. One evening in Brooklyn Sam is tragically shot, leaving Molly heartbroken and struggling to come to terms with the fact he is gone. After Sam is killed, he becomes a disembodied ghost and embarks on discovering the reason for his death and protect Molly.

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