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 […]

Edinburgh Fringe,Reviews,Theatre

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25 Aug , 2018  

1987. Thatcher has been in power for eight years and Rick Astley promises he’s never going to never give us up. 1997. Seemingly overnight, Tony Blair turns the UK into a meritocracy and the Spice Girls recommend that we spice up our lives. 2007. The Great Global iPhone dictatorship begins and Britney has her breakdown. […]

Edinburgh Fringe,Reviews,Theatre

People Show 130: The Last Straw

25 Aug , 2018  

Agreed-upon conventions make communication possible. In the 1950s J.L. Austin famously explained how language is actually “performative”, that is, by saying certain things we are not just shaping streams of air flowing through our lungs, throat and mouth into sounds, we are actually physically shaping the world. Words, to put it succinctly, do. Which is […]

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 […]