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Dramaturg – Some People Talk About Violence

created by Barrel Organ

from text by Lulu Raczka

Cast Joe Boylan, Bryony Davies, Rosie Gray, Euan Kitson, Jack Morning-Newton, Katherine Thorogood

Direction Ali Pidsley

Dramaturgy Dan Hutton & Jack Perkins

Technical Management Kieran Lucas

Developed and supported by Camden People’s Theatre’s Associate Artist Scheme, Warwick Arts Centre and the HUB

“Some People Talk About Violence is a properly brilliant piece of theatre… an   incredibly astute, searching, honest, raw artwork”
Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods

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Interview: Mark Ravenhill

*Originally written for A Younger Theatre*

“They can be quite unnerving,” Mark Ravenhill says of the Secret Theatre company, suggesting that their 12 months of working together has given way to a kind of openness he hasn’t come across in many rehearsal rooms. He elaborates further: “On the whole, everyone in British theatre is on these short contracts so everyone makes this big effort. And although you might think it’d be nice to be rid of that, it’s actually a little bit disarming for the first few days because they’re quite neutral. They’re very calm and centred. It takes a while to adjust to that.”

Ravenhill is a late addition to the Secret Theatre ensemble. He joined the company after Lyndsey Turner (who directed his adaptation of Candide at the RSC last year) suggested he write to Sean Holmes asking to be involved – “You don’t know if you don’t ask”. Continue reading Interview: Mark Ravenhill

“Freeze!”

at Summerhall, Monday 12th August 2013

*Originally written for Culture Wars*

The thought of sitting in a theatre watching a man balancing stones doesn’t exactly sound like a thrilling one. Bizarrely, this is the crux of Nick Steur’s Freeze!, which does far more intellectually than its premise would suggest. For though watching the act of creation is tense and dramatic in itself, its the accompanying text which makes this piece really interesting, interrogating the place of language and the making of art.

In the Demonstration Room at Summerhall, five polished mirrored cubes sit in a semi-circle. Continue reading “Freeze!”

“Wot? No Fish!!” by Danny Braverman

at Summerhall, Monday 12th August 2013

*Originally written for A Younger Theatre*

What is the best way of describing history? As a straight line? A circle, perhaps? Or something else? In Wot? No Fish!!, Danny Braverman suggests an alternative method of viewing the march of generations, telling an extraordinary story about one man’s documentation of his life and relationships. It’s an ecstatically optimistic piece, a beautiful story of a story, and is all the better for being true.

Braverman’s Jewish great uncle Abraham married his wife Celia in 1926, and began to draw doodles on his wage packets so that she would have a memory of the week. Continue reading “Wot? No Fish!!” by Danny Braverman

“Anatomy of the Piano” by Will Pickvance

at Summerhall, Wednesday 7th August 2013

*Originally written for A Younger Theatre*

I’ve always said that, if I could play any musical instrument, it’d be the saxophone. But after Anatomy of the Piano I think I’d now say the instrument of its title. If a measure of good art is making something shift inside you, then Will Pickvance’s stand-up-come-classical-concert-come-medical-lecture show is up there with the best. It’s a surreal, hilarious 60 minutes which manages to lift your spirits and transport you to a better version of reality.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t really theatre. Continue reading “Anatomy of the Piano” by Will Pickvance

“Fantasy No. 10 – The Beauty of Life”

at Summerhall, Wednesday 7th August 2013

*Originally written for A Younger Theatre*

I saw Vladimor Tzekov Stage Action Laboratory’s Fantasy No. 10 – The Beauty of Life as part of a Best of BE showcase last year, albeit in a version which was a lot shorter and featured less text than this incarnation. Even then, it was a wildly funny show which set up strange scenarios by placing one idea in opposition with another in order to embrace an idea of contradiction in the modern world. Now, the humour has been honed and we get a slightly more nuanced consideration of interpretation.

Four actors – three male, one female – perform the piece, transitioning throughout from odd fantastical clothing (a dressing gown, a tutu) to nothing but beige pants. Continue reading “Fantasy No. 10 – The Beauty of Life”