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Dog/Actor (Review)

Dog/Actor (Review)

Reblogging this review as this touring show is currently playing The Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe before heading up to Edinburgh

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Steven Berkoff’s work, and indeed the man himself, has always had the ability to divide the crowd but his work is invariably recognisably distinctive. It has even led to an adjective being coined in his honour – Berkovian. This is used to describe the eclectic mix/hodgepodge (take your choice) drawn from practitioners like Artaud and Brecht, using an extreme physicality and mime techniques and combining aspects from genres as diverse as Japanese Noh/Kabuki, British music hall and ancient Greek drama all topped off with a healthy dollop of Shakespeare. Much of this, and more besides, is evident in a touring production of two of his shorter pieces Dog/Actor being mounted by Threedumb Theatre. I caught up with the pairing in (for me) far flung Wimbledon as part of their Fringe Festival.

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The production has been developed over a number of years, with a previously planned tour banjaxed by the pandemic…

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The Black Cat (Online review)

The Black Cat (Online review)

As this production is revived via The Space it has been named as a finalist in no less than three OnComm categories for Off West End’s online theatre awards

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During the development of digital theatre over the course of the last twelve months there have been many attempts to innovate within this new art form. What started out as a group of people sitting at home reading a script on screen soon became passe and theatre makers started to look for new angles such as adding costumes, props and background scenery. Immersive and interactive events presented online have become popular and broadcasts from empty theatres have been attempted with varying degrees of success. Above all the worlds of film and theatre have gradually started to merge until in productions such as The Picture Of Dorian Gray the two have become almost indistinguishable. Right at the forefront of the innovation throughout has been Threedumb Theatre, which has been perfecting its own signature style and whose latest piece The Black Cat opened last night.

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This is the fourth in their growing…

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Encore Encore

Encore Encore

Five years ago a big adventure came to an end. Such happy, happy times!

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D16 Call Tuesday 12th July

How can you sum up an experience like this? Although it was my intention to try and do so in this post I really don’t think I can at the moment, especially as I’ve been struggling with it for over 36 hours and have had to publish a stopgap post in between. I think there needs to be a little distance in place first in order to fully appreciate the sheer scale of what we have been involved with and what we have achieved. Best, perhaps, to stick to an account of our last day and come back to an overview later. I say this simply so that you don’t regard what follows as a somewhat workmanlike (Mechanical!) narrative but I think if I take any other tack it will be a long while before this piece gets written. In reality, if this were being…

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Living The Dream: Act 5

Living The Dream: Act 5

And so 5 years ago today we started to awake from our Dream…

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I always knew this would be the hard one to write – the last day of performance week – and so it has turned out. A combination of extremely long days, euphoria, massive physical exertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep and high levels of concentration have taken their toll, hence this last piece is a bit later than originally promised. Anyway, let’s to it and see if it doesn’t provide some sort of catharsis.

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The day began with yet another new experience as the RSC was offering a “touch tour” for those attending the matinee performance and who would be using the audio description facility. The tour gave audience members the opportunity to meet some of the cast, explore the set and handle some of the key costumes and props. This was a really interesting half hour and it was evident…

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Living The Dream: Act 4

Living The Dream: Act 4

Meanwhile, 5 years ago….

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D16 Call Friday 20th May

I felt like I had jet lag, except I hadn’t actually been anywhere. Barry had warned me the previous day that I might experience a downturn in energy on the Friday of performance week – not because there was so much going on but, perhaps a little strangely, the reverse. Having the matinee the previous day had told my brain that meant the day was Saturday and that, therefore, Friday was Sunday – except it wasn’t. With all other normal patterns disrupted I was feeling generally disoriented and as though things were starting to unravel. Writing this blog proved a boon at this point as it gave a point of focus- especially remembering the ecstatic reception the show had received the previous day.

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Living The Dream: Act 2

Living The Dream: Act 2

5 years ago today …..

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D16 Call Wednesday 18th May

The emotional effects of a big experience shouldn’t be underestimated especially when you are recalling events through the written word. Thus I finished yesterday’s post in a bit of an emotional state. Fortunately the mood shifted fairly rapidly when David sent me some photos among which was an “interesting” snap of me in a onsie worn as part of the Pyramus outfit. As the pose struck might loosely be termed “provocative” I won’t inflict it on you – you might have recently eaten. My other discovery of the morning was that I had, apparently, broken Pyramus’ sword onstage in full view. I had absolutely zero recall of this and nobody had said anything after the show. It only came to light when I got a friend’s message asking how the breakage had been stage managed.

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