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I am a playwright. I show
What I have seen.
In the man markets
I have seen how men are traded. That
I show, I, the playwright.

Bertolt Brecht

The Political History of Smack and Crack: thrills, spills and the need for revolution
Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:04

The Political History of Smack and Crack: thrills, spills and the need for revolution

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Ed Edwards contributes an essay on the political background to his brilliant new play, after a short review by Mike Quille. The Review: An outstanding dramatisation of the social consequences of neoliberal capitalism on young men and women by Mike Quille There have been many stimulating plays with political themes…
Wonderland
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 26 February 2018 16:04

Wonderland

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Ross Bradshaw reviews a recent play at the Nottingham Playhouse about the 1984 Miners' Strike. Wonderland, written by Beth Steel, was the first play of the new artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, Adam Penford. It ended with a full house and an almost completely standing ovation. It was, I gather, not the first…
Delacroix, Hamlet and Horatio before the Gravediggers, 1843
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:04

Shakespeare’s Gravediggers – the first appearance of working people on the world stage

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Jenny Farrell discusses the prophetic politics of the Gravedigger scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which class-based justice and fundamental human equality are discussed by those whose task it will be to 'set right the time' by revolutionary upheaval. The scene is the first appearance of working people on the world stage.…
Pablo Picasso (in the beret) and scene painters working on set design for Leonid Massine’s Parade, staged by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, 1917.
Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:07

Dancing Up a Storm: the 1917 Revolution and Russian ballet

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Carolyn Pouncy tells the story of how Russian ballet was modernised, democratised and eventually revitalised by the 1917 Russian Revolution.Ask people unfamiliar with dance history where ballet originated, and many will say, “Russia.” Although the wrong answer—ballet originated at the court of Louis XIV, based on formal dance traditions already…
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