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Interview: Chloe Lamford

*Originally written for Exeunt*

Chloe Lamford is telling me a story to illustrate a point about a strand of her work which is interested in “things that imitate life but aren’t quite right,” as we try to understand the way in which theatre design can create an atmosphere within a space, capturing the complex realities of life in a way which isn’t necessarily literal. The story focusses on a strange occurrence in a pub where a man drunkenly sang karaoke whilst a huge TV screen relayed images of bombing in Baghdad. “And that’s really weird, but that’s real and really ugly and I always think of it. I get excited by those moments.”

You don’t have to look hard to find examples of these moments within Lamford’s recent work. Continue reading Interview: Chloe Lamford


“Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker

at the Rose Lipman Building, Wednesday 24th July 2013

At the risk of being reductive, I realised during Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation that many plays and their productions can be reduced to three aspects; the core idea which drives the piece, the content of the play itself and its subsequent execution. In the case of CMT, the first and last of these three tenets are fulfilled brilliantly, allowing Baker to explore themes of the purpose of theatre and the consuming power of time in an extraordinarily simple way. Throughout, however, I couldn’t help feeling that though we had strong bones and a beautiful exterior, the flesh itself was not quite meaty enough.*

In a community centre, five people are playing a focus exercise at the beginning of a six-week course. Continue reading “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker