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Thebes – New Diorama Theatre, London

Thebes_Faction

Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:4] “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by The Faction and written by Gareth Jandrell, this modern adaptation condenses Sophocles’ and Aeschylus’ classical Theban plays. ...

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Blood Wedding – New Diorama, London

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Writer: Federico García Lorca Adaptor: Gareth Jandrell Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:2] In the Andalusia of Lorca’s rural tragedy, a bride and groom plan their wedding in a community still coming to terms with the scars of the past. The Bridegroom’s father and brother were killed in a feud with the local Felix family, and his mother ...

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Mary Stuart – New Diorama, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Adaptor: Mark Leipacher & Daniel Millar Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Mark Leipacher and Daniel Millar’s latest adaptation for The Faction Theatre Company is Schiller’s Mary Stuart, a powerful and entertaining play chronicling the politically and emotionally charged last days of Mary Queen of Scots. A piece which accentuates the historical with a generous dollop ...

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Mary Stuart – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Schiller Adapted by: Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Antoinette Stott [Rating:4] “A Woman is a weak and fragile thing” so says Talbot, advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1st and former gaoler of Mary Stuart. Not perhaps the wisest of words when speaking to the Queen in defence of Mary Stuart, but very much the sentiment deeply ...

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Twelfth Night – Faction at the New Diorama, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] With a burst of enthusiasm and ambition that should inspire anyone who is already struggling to keep their New Year’s resolutions,The Faction Theatre company are launching into 2012 with a three play rep season for the next seven weeks at the New Diorama Theatre. First up is Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, ...

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The Faction Blog : Week 3 – The week before Christmas is…

Doubt Week*** Apparently it has only been a week since my last blog. Apparently it is Christmas at the weekend. I say 'apparently' as my concept of time has become somewhat distorted with the intensity of the Rep Season. Last week it was decided by ensemble member Tom Radford (Sebastian/Mortimer/Reveller) that the company were at the “hugging hello” stage. This ...

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