Academia,Monsters

Visual Monsterisation Strategies

21 Oct , 2017  

clinton monster

Monsters thrive in the messy swamps of pop culture. They live in the fertile space where classic literary narratives and traditional aesthetic norms are blown apart by visual strategies born at the crossroads between political turmoil and contemporary taste. The particularly adversarial climate of the current American Presidential election campaign proves that monsters are nourished […]

Reviews,Theatre

Nocturne, Albany

3 Jul , 2018  

Becoming-fox, a quick manual: – Keep close to the walls – Practice your sweet, sweet love-making sounds only after dusk – Stare the fuckers down The full moon shines on Deptford town square. It smells of piss and one of the two guys in the corner is chewing down on a shawarma. In front of […]

Features,Theatertreffen

How did Berlin’s Volksbühne end up in a state of crisis?

4 Jun , 2018  

Brought in to shake up one of the German capital’s iconic theatres, Chris Dercon aimed to expand its remit and embrace a wider range of art forms. Following his abrupt resignation, Annegret Märten examines for The Stage why his agenda proved unpopular with artists and local residents.   Rapid change at the top of Berlin’s prestigious Volksbühne theatre has […]

Features,Theatertreffen

Theatertreffen’s role as a barometer of German theatre

16 May , 2018  

While it is primarily a showcase for the best German-language drama, the Berlin festival is also a forum for heated industry debate. For The Stage. This May, the 55th annual Theatertreffen Berlin honours the past year’s 10 best productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, inviting them to be restaged in the German capital. Nominated by […]

Musical,Reviews

Don’t be Burr, sir: The transformative politics of Hamilton on the London stage

22 Dec , 2017  

Rachel Ann Go Hamilton

I went to Hamilton and it was pretty great. Five Stars. Admittedly, when it comes to hot takes that one right there is pretty tepid. As Matt Trueman mentions in his WhatsonStage blog, if you’ve been sentient over the last two years months, there is really no need for me to tell you just how […]

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