Tag Archives: Hard To Resist

#TORYCORE

at Camden People’s Theatre, Saturday 18th January 2014

#TORYCORE is, put simply, Conservative Party policy underscored “with the sound of pure evil”.

To get an idea, play the following two YouTube videos at the same time:

That’s tame in comparison. Continue reading #TORYCORE

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“Don Quijote”

at Camden People’s Theatre, Saturday 18th January 2014

Like most people (I imagine), I’ve never read Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth century novel(s) Don Quixote. The Wordsworth Classics edition has sat unopened on my bookshelf for about ten years, and if I’m honest I doubt it’ll be read any time soon. But I know the story (broadly), and I know the characters (broadly). Most importantly in the context of Tom Frankland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quijote, however, I am – again, I imagine, like most people – aware of the cultural value and baggage surrounding the book’s protagonist. Don Quijote isn’t your straightforward page-to-stage, follow-the-narrative-and-throw-in-something-about-form-and-hope-for-the-best adaptation of a novel. It’s an interrogation of an idea, of a symbol which has come to stand for something far bigger than itself and which, in the process of pulling it apart in this show, becomes even bigger. It’s joyous and angry in equal measure, and demonstrates the example set by Cervantes’ hidalgo to be one worth following.

The piece is being presented as part of the ‘Hard to Resist’ festival at Camden People’s Theatre, which is unsurprising considering its themes of resistance and dreaming. Continue reading “Don Quijote”