Issue 702 – December 2013
Mirren Gidda & Lauren Neal
Laurence Young reviews Rob Thomson’s new play, Fearnot Wood
Fearnot Wood opens with a young man named Garth mysteriously returning home to quaint, middle class Lewes on the evening of bonfire night. The play, written and directed by Rob Thomson, weaves a tale of deception, betrayal and lost friendship.
Upon returning, Garth finds his town and friends changed, the event of bonfire night forever marred by the disappearance of a young girl on the same night two years ago. Gripping and thrilling throughout, Thomson’s play truly keeps the audience captivated at every …
Lucy Feilbusch visits Urs Fischer’s ‘Melodrama’ at Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street, Soho.
The other week, THE POP told us that we ‘need to see this installation…Go today and then again at the weekend.’
So, I did. And it was awesome.
Fischer’s installation is comprised of 3000 feet sized plaster raindrops, whose natural showering motion gradates in a sensation of psychedelic colour. Below and amongst the surrealist rainbow rain are repetitions of the same clay sculpture, a woman’s figure, in different stages of formation or degradation.
On entering the installation the raindrops move calmly with …
Katie Riley looks at the experience of national psyche when great leaders are lost
Lucy Hall explains the impact the late Nelson Mandela had on her life
Many of us look back on the great struggles of history with a clarity of vision that we might not have had at the time. We are adamant that, were we to have been there, we would have done what we believe now to be so obviously the right thing. But, as we reflect on the death of Nelson Mandela, we delude ourselves with these thoughts.
My grandparents were part of the anti-apartheid movement, the struggle against racial segregation …
Katie Riley dissects this year’s US mid-term elections into five edible chunks
Lucy Logan Green reports on the passing of South Africa’s beloved leader, anti-apartheid activist, and first black president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Lucy Hall explores the fallacy that young people have lost their edge
Lara Gregorians attends The Wild Party and immerses herself in some gin, skin, sin and fun
Rating: ★★★★ ½
The Wild Party, UCLU Musical Theatre’s Bloomsbury debut, transported us back to 1920s Manhattan – a time associated with elegance, glamour, and fabulous parties. Upon arrival, I expected to experience a lavish Great Gatsby-esque party, full of glitzy ladies and dapper gentlemen. But what we were presented with was a much darker, more sinister tale – a kind of Great Gatsby behind closed doors. “Gin. Sin. Skin” is not the musical’s slogan for no reason. …
Mirren Gidda reviews Chekhov’s seminal play the Seagull, currently being performed by UCLU Drama society at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre
Rating: ★★★★ ½
Anton Chekhov, arguably one of Russia’s greatest playwrights, did not produce plays that are easy to stage, and The Seagull is no exception. Like Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard, the play is set on a sprawling Russian estate and hardly seems to lend itself to a cramped room above a pub in Camden. Then there’s the language to contend with, the multiple translations available of which none, according to critics, can …
Chinmay Jadhav looks at the significance of the recent nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the United States