The textile performance artist Harriet Riddell has an eye for the unusual. She documents life in free style stitch and has travelled to work in Kenya, India, China, Switzerland and Sweden. The season 2019-2020 for her and her machine just started. She now makes her way towards new and bigger projects.
We enter the universe of Jean Paul Gaultier through a surgeon’s scalpel that cuts into the flesh of his teddy bear in order to fashion it with a cone bustier. One’s dream, another one’s nightmare, whichever it may be – the bear awakens to the year 1978 when Chic released “Le Freak” and starts dancing!
Cordelia Grierson (artistic director) and the CASA team present an inspiring cocktail from award winning theatre plays to storytelling traditions and Samba. For two weeks, the Arcola Theatre, Rio Cinema and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden are taken over for performances.
The End of History…, written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, is a fitting comment on contemporary British society where intellectual milieus and social classes clash at times. David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp deliver convincing performances.
The international singer and drag entertainer La Voix plays at the Spiegeltent at Southbank and leaves audiences in awe. With her phenomenal voice, La Voix pays hommage to the greats of showbiz, paired with stand-up comedy.
The play salt. is written by Selina Thompson and centres around the artists’ own journey to retrace the route of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle from Europe to Africa to the Carribean, which she embarked on in 2016 on a cargo ship.
The story about Fanny and Stella is based around true facts. Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park were more recently titled “The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England” by the Guardian. The cross-dressers were quite openly walking the streets of London and ultimately were charged with “the abominable crime of buggery” in 1870.
One of the most notable pieces of writing by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray has been adapted many times after its original release in the late 1800s. When the novel appeared, many voices were outraged. The Daily Chronicle reported: “It is a tale spawned from the leprous literature of the French Décadents – a poisonous book…'“
Cillian Murphy had a challenging task in this play at the Barbican in portraying two protagonists embodied in one person. There is the menacing crow juxtaposed with the grieving father. True to form, he manages this with great skill as we are taken on a voyage into the deep and endless sea of grief.