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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with James Cousins

James Cousins

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons catches up with choreographer James Cousins, whose dance company are bringing a revival of the 2012 There We Have Been and new work Without Stars, both inspired by Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield later this month before heading to The Place in London. What first inspired you to ...

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BLOG: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Pro-Active Performer


This week I’ve been struck once again by the number of (paid) jobs that are having to be re-advertised time and time again, simply because there are seemingly no performers out there wanting/needing work. I was always taught (and have gone on to try and instil this philosophy into my students) that it is better to work than not. A ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with… Whoop ‘n’ Wail

Whoop n Wail Theatre Company

Whoop ‘n’ Wail founders Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman talk to The Public Reviews about new writing, curating their first showcase, and the Bechdel Test. What is it that draws Whoop ‘n’ Wail to producing new writing? D: Good question! A: We often ask ourselves that very thing. D: No, we absolutely love new writing - creating it, watching it. ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes With Kully Thiarai

Veil - HUB, Leeds

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Mama Quilla Associate Director Kully Thiarai about Veil, an immersive installation that becomes a performance space for spoken word, created in response to the stories of Muslim women. Could you tell us how the Veil project originated? Kay Adshead wanted to work with me and Shanaz Gulzar and I’d directed Mama Quilla work ...

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NEWS: Applications open for Pulse Festival Ipswich 2015

PULSE Festival Ipswich

Applications have opened for the 15th annual PULSE Festival in Ipswich. Hosted by The New Wolsey Theatre and directed by China Plate, PULSE Festival Ipswich is a 10 day festival that focuses on new and innovative approached to theatre and performance. Applications are now open for finished pieces, The Suitcase Prize and Scratch performances. The festival  will take place from Thursday 28 May ...

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COMPETITION: Usagi Yojimbo – Southwark Playhouse

Usagi Yojimbo - Southwark Playhouse

This Christmas Southwark Playhouse are taking audiences to 17th Century Japan. A world of bandit racoons, feline ninjas and warring animal clans. Usagi Yojimbo runs at the venue for the Christmas season and you could win a pair of tickets to the first preview performance. A young rabbit leaves home, family and friends behind him in pursuit of one ambition: to become a ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Tricia Kelly


Manfred Karge’s Man to Man is rarely performed in the UK, despite being a staple of European Theatre programmes. Last year Colchester Mercury offered audiences a rare chance to see the piece, a staging that we awarded 4.5*s. Now the acclaimed production is transferring to London’s Park Theatre and Tricia Kelly talks to Glen Pearce about the play and the challenges ...

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Interview: 10 Minutes with Cal McCrystal


In our second interview from the Fitzrovia Radio Hour's Dracula rehearsal room at Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, Director Cal McCrystal, the man behind the physical comedy on shows such as One Man, Two Guv'nors, talks to Glen Pearce about his approach to this particular version of Bram Stoker's classic. Dracula isn’t normally seen as a comedy so why this particular approach? There ...

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