Theatre

Theatre

I am a playwright. I show
What I have seen.
In the man markets
I have seen how men are traded. That
I show, I, the playwright.

Bertolt Brecht

Delacroix, Hamlet and Horatio before the Gravediggers, 1843
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 11:04

Shakespeare’s Gravediggers – the first appearance of working people on the world stage

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Jenny Farrell discusses the prophetic politics of the Gravedigger scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which class-based justice and fundamental human equality are discussed by those whose task it will be to 'set right the time' by revolutionary upheaval. The scene is the first appearance of working people on the world stage.…
Workers' Play Time: progressive political drama
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 03 October 2017 19:30

Workers' Play Time: progressive political drama

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Doug Nicholls introduces a great new collection of political plays. Trade union struggles over the years have inspired some of our greatest playwrights. They have also inspired many works of drama that packed a punch in their time but have since been largely – and unjustly – forgotten. This is…
Pablo Picasso (in the beret) and scene painters working on set design for Leonid Massine’s Parade, staged by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, 1917.
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 19 March 2017 22:07

Dancing Up a Storm: the 1917 Revolution and Russian ballet

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Carolyn Pouncy tells the story of how Russian ballet was modernised, democratised and eventually revitalised by the 1917 Russian Revolution.Ask people unfamiliar with dance history where ballet originated, and many will say, “Russia.” Although the wrong answer—ballet originated at the court of Louis XIV, based on formal dance traditions already…
Mark Antony's speech at Caesar's funeral
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 21:02

Theatre and Politics: Book Review

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Gordon Parsons reviews Joe Kelleher's book on theatre and politics. W. H. Auden’s insisted that all his poetry put together had not saved a single Jew, and claimed that poetry makes nothing happen. This was certainly not a view shared by Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War who seized…
Stowaway
Thursday, 12 May 2016 17:51

Stowaway

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Paul Foley reviews a modern tragedy that feels like the best political theatre. This month Home celebrates its first birthday as Manchester's vibrant cultural hub for new and innovative art, theatre and film. In the past year it has brought many weird and wonderful events to the city. Some have been…
The Balcony Scene
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:40

Making Sense of Shakespeare

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In Part Two of his series, Professor Gabriel Egan considers how the sense of words and phrases shifts across time and cultures, and how we can still have a meanigful conversation with Shakespeare. Do we really understand Shakespeare the way his contemporaries did? There are plenty of opportunities for the…
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