Fences and dirt: The Bone Sparrow

Presented by Pilot Theatre in co-production with York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Derby Theatre, this world stage premiere of Zana Fraillon’s acclaimed book captures a painfully pertinent story of refugee experience. Continue reading

The Cult of K*nzo: One of a kind

Directed by Martin Bengtsson and billed as a playful critique of consumer culture through the lens of high fashion, Cult of K*nzo is a riotous, colourful indulgence of enabled, regressive fandom, from the fantasies to the grandeur to the raucous, unadulterated sense of humour of childhood. Writer-performer, multimedia artist Paula Varjack, has the energy of an enthusiastic eight-year-old, her passion for fashion driving her through poignant, peaceful narratives on the history of her icon to deadpan mockery of catwalk dressage folly, to delightfully cutting narration of television ads. Continue reading

The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth): They f***ing knew

Multi-disciplinary company Proto-type bring a new research-based work to York Theatre Royal’s Studio; the second show produced under this title, though the collective comprises evidently seasoned practitioners who really know their business. Continue reading

The Cost of Truth: LIFT presents MINEFIELD

When writing reviews, you’re encouraged to keep your personal context at bay – no one needs to hear about your own history with pantomime or Shakespeare and how it skews your view of a production. However, LIFT’s incredible, raw production is all about the specifics of individual experience being tilled to form a whole truth, and its value is in the personal detail. Continue reading