Author: Alex Hackitt-Anwyl

Pick of the Vaults Festival 2018

In what has been dubbed “London’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe” The Vaults in London are bringing an action packed six weeks to Waterloo. Deep underground hundreds of brand new shows will be previewing across the next month. Some will be weird, some will be extraordinary, all will be fun.  Last year saw record audience numbers and this year has seen record production applications and so in 2018 there are some new venues expanding around the Waterloo area as well as the infamous labyrinth underground tunnels. Even if you aren’t planning to catch a show there are bars aplenty...

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A Career in Two Parts: In Conversation with Annabel Scholey

Annabel Scholey is an actress most recently acclaimed for her performance in the Netflix hit series Medici: Masters of Florence after starting her TV career in the cult Channel 4 series Being Human. However despite her new-found prominence on our screens Scholey has had an illustrious career on the stage in productions spanning from The Old Vic to the Royal Shakespeare Company. culturised got the chance to catch up with her ahead of the release of new Sky TV series Britannia in which Scholey takes the lead alongside Zoë Wanamaker, David Morrisey, and Mackenzie Crook. Things must be really busy for you at...

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Culturised’s Top Theatre of 2017

2017 was a huge year for theatre with revelations rocking its core, new portfolio organisations being created, and the arrival of one of the most hotly anticipated musical productions from the states. We take a look at the stand-outs of the year. Critics and theatre-goers alike have criticised the recent absence of plays in a theatreland dominated by long-running musicals but 2017 saw a new era of plays taking up some of the largest stages. James Graham in particular has had an incredible year, the spellbinding Ink under the direction of Rupert Goold (who is himself working magic at...

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From Chair to Canvas: ‘Matisse in the Studio’ at the Royal Academy

Emerging from the ashes of the vibrant Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is a much more intimate affair as they take a look at Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) in his workspace. Through a collection of items, Matisse in the Studio seeks to display the inspiration and the environment in which Matisse was working.  Whereas usually it is his paintings that are the centre of attention here they lie side by side by with pieces of Matisse’s exotic everyday, the pieces that frequently became a part of his work. Combining textiles, furniture, vases, and trinkets this extraordinary insight into...

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‘Knives in Hens’ at the Donmar Warehouse: A Modern Scottish Classic on the London Stage

“Every thing I see or know is put in my head by God. Every thing he created is there every day, sunrise to sundown, earth to sky. It cannot be touched or held the same way I touch a table or hold the reins of a horse. It cannot be sold or cooked. His world is there, in front of my eyes. All I must do is push names into what is there the same as when I push my knife into the stomach of a hen.” Yäel Farber, following a mixed reception to her Salomé at the National...

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From the West End to the Fringe: In Conversation with Stephen Whitson

Billed as “a story about what we do to protect those around us and how we fuck them up in the process”[1] You Forgot the Mince, the latest production from theatre company and charity Imagine If, is a very human tale of the road to an abusive relationship. A recent hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the production will now tour the UK through the autumn, beginning at The Courtyard Theatre in London from 26th September (further information can be found here). You Forgot the Mince is directed by Stephen Whitson, who is also the associate director for West End Smash...

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‘Girl From the North Country’ at the Old Vic: Dylan with a Difference

If you’re travelin’ in the north country fair Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline Remember me to one who lives there She once was a true love of mine Following Bob Dylan being controversially awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature earlier this year, both the literary and musical worlds have been thrown into a state of debate surrounding the relation of lyrics to Literature. Literature has a rich oral tradition of storytelling and the snobbery of some scholars to classify lyrics as poetry has left a huge gap for exploration. In light of this the storytelling nature...

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Examining Anxiety Through Performance: In Conversation with Idiot Child

Susie Riddell and Anna Harpin are the Co-Directors for Idiot Child, a Bristol-based theatre company that push the boundaries of play and the peculiar. Susie Riddell is most well known for her role as Tracey Horrobin in BBC radio drama The Archers as well as appearing on screen in shows such as Gavin and Stacey and Emmerdale. Anna is a lecturer at the University of Warwick alongside her directing commitments conjoining her academic career with active theatre making. Idiot Child are bringing What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky?, which they describe as “A tender, funny and...

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