Review: Alys, Always

The Bridge Theatre Since opening in October 2017 The Bridge has hosted seven productions by the new London Theatre Company, the latest being a new stage adaptation of Harriet Lane's book Alys, Always. The book (I understand from synopses although - disclaimer - I've not read it) tells the story of Frances the Newspaper Sub-Editor who, caught …

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What’s the point in Reconstructed Theatres?

I'm currently helping to design a theatre in Knowsley, near Liverpool. It's a reconstruction of one of the earliest-recorded indoor theatres in the UK, the 16th-17th century Cockpit-In-Court. The working title is Shakespeare North and it's a fascinating project. I've enjoyed learning about what we know (answer: very little) and what we need to speculate …

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Why we build venues – why are all the people missing and do critics care?

A few days ago, whilst working on a building design, I was reminded of a previously forgotten memory of going to Sunday school as a child, and being taught that a church is a group of people - not a building. This is, of course, an adage that can be said of any building that …

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Review: The Whirligig

Pershing Square Signature Center, Alice Griffin Theatre The Signature Centre produces new writing. Their latest piece The Whirligig by recently-turned-playwright Hamish Linklater takes its name from a line in Twelfth Night: "The whirligig of time brings in his revenges". What goes around comes around, in modern language. And quite literally so - Derek McLane's design sits …

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Has pre-vis software led to more hazy lighting designs?

It's a question that another delegate mused at me at Showlight conference a couple of weeks ago. Lots of speakers at the conference talked about shows or events they'd lit, and some included images from their pre-visualisation work - before cutting to actual production shots that looked very similar. Very similar. Actually, in some cases it …

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What is disability-led theatre and what does it mean for performance venues?

This article first appeared in the spring 2017 edition of Sightline. It’s rare for evolutions in the ecosystem of the performing arts industry to introduce new artistic and business cases that redefine the priorities of venue design. However, one of the most notable recent trends in the UK is the breakthrough of disability-led and inclusive …

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