Birdland

Simon Stephens’s new play speaks volumes about the flaws of the human psyche and of society, but its average execution means that much of its voice is lost in translation. Birdland, reportedly inspired by the Patti Smith song of the same name, centres on a troubled young rock star, Paul, who is nearing the end […]

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Twelfth Night

Casting an all-male, ‘Hipster’ version of Twelfth Night was an interesting choice for a drama society and King’s Shakespeare Company definitely had great ambition. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s many comedies that utilise disguise and gender swapping as a major plot point. Two siblings shipwreck on the same island of Illyria; Viola, who disguises […]

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Copenhagen

KCL School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences production of Copenhagen maintains the arrangement of ‘theatre in the round’ that had characterised the first performance of the play at London National Theatre in 1998. The choice of having the stage in the centre of the room with the audience to surround it is far from being […]

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Martin Creed’s playground at Hayward Gallery

Martin Creed’s aesthetic overflows out of the Hayward gallery’s spaces into its entrance foyer, outdoor sculpture terraces and even its lift and toilet. The exhibition does more than just display paintings, drawings and installations. Every space is purposefully, albeit on the surface chaotically, curated so that the viewer is immersed in a plethora of art […]

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