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Review: Farah Saleh’s Gesturing Refugees

This participatory interpretive dance experience will stay with me for a long time. The piece affected me in ways I am not yet aware of; there were many subtleties in the show that participants passively accepted during the performance but were laced with meaning. For example, participants were asked to practice whistling at the start, […]

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Review: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

This musical is based on a children’s picture book by the same title, and I was apprehensive about how it would pan out. The show is lovely; I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did and came away inspired. The messages in the performance are very important for young children to […]

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Review: Orphans

Orphans is poignant and provocative. This musical is about four siblings (Sheila, John, Thomas and Michael) who have just lost their mother. It is the night before the funeral, and they are saying goodbye to the body when they decide to go to the pub. At the pub, everything seems to disintegrate; a fight breaks […]

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Review: Hipbeat

Hipbeat, produced and directed by Samuel Key Forrest, gives important screen time to the fictitious theory of the gender binary and emphasises the importance of identity exploration.  It is a deeply personal film depicting Angus’ (played by Samuel Key Forrest) journey of self-exploration and acceptance in modern-day Berlin. When Angus was young, his father left […]

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Review: The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance by The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society is fascinating. It begins with a long musical introduction characteristic of opera. Light and dainty music accompany a silhouetted pirates ship cast on the curtains–an effect that hasn’t changed since the show was first premiered (and this is at ‘The Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Societies’ […]

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Review: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the latest Disney film turned into a Broadway musical. The theatre production is based on a much-loved film and book (‘The Magic Bedknob’), so there was a lot of pressure and expectation for the production. In a lot of ways, the production was a success! The show is infused with magic […]

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Review: (Le) Pain

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This show surpassed all my expectations, and I left feeling hopeful and curiously free. Jean Daniel Broussé (JD) was the sole member of the cast, and he created an experience that was witty, reflective and vulnerable. The show will captivate you from beginning to end, and I couldn’t recommend it more. JD’s father […]

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BOY’S KHAYA Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bawren Tavaziva’s BOY’S KHAYA invites you to travel through time and space through the synthesis of the performers’ bodies. The show moves through themes of connection and separation, the performers dancing in patterns of alternating urgency and controlled calm. It invites you into an intimate space of tension at the boundary of time. The […]