Saturday 23rd October

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Marie Fortune and Lucy Laing photographed by Venus Raven
Marie Fortune and Lucy Laing photographed by Venus Raven

Duchess of Malfi @ New Diorama Theatre

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This is a totally engrossing production of Webster’s phenomenal tragedy. All actors are word perfect but more than this this allows the beauty of the language to shine, infused as it is with pathos; sometimes humorous, often ironic, to “perceive the shape of loveliness more perfectly in woe than in joyfulness…” So beautiful that I want to read the whole play through again.

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Category: Theatre
Sally Mortemore and Claire Louise Amias
Sally Mortemore and Claire Louise Amias

Women of Twilight @ Pleasance Theatre

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A fun night out ‘Women of Twilight’ is not. It is a truly great evening of theatre at a commendable (and welcoming) venue. If Sylvia Rayman’s play seems long-overlooked, in some ways it’s easy to understand why. The taboo of illegitimacy in post-war England seems not only reprehensible but through contemporary eyes is like visiting an alien land. Director Jonathan Rigby refers to “the continued relevance of the play…” as I imagine both at home and abroad, and considers that “maybe it’s appropriate to revive a play written during the early years of the Welfare State at a time when strenuous efforts are being made to dismantle it…” Rigby’s current production, at the roomy and comfortable Pleasance Theatre, is more than worth a revisit.

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Category: Culture
Imogen Miller Porter
Imogen Miller Porter photographed by Martin Slidel

Spotlight on Imogen Miller Porter

It’s a delight to catch up with actor and writer Imogen Miller Porter, just as she’s finishing her current run as the screeching matriarch in the interactive Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Charing Cross Hotel. Despite what I imagine as an exhaustive role she blusters into the nearby café looking fresh as a daisy; resplendent in turquoise plaid shirt, plaited locks not quite free of that infamous Sybil coiffure.

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Category: Comedy
Harmony Squared Workshop

Harmony Squared – Empowering Voice Techniques on a Sunday Morning

Have you ever sat in a meeting where one person dominates the proceedings, regardless of whether their input is useful, or even relevant? Do you ever wish that your voice were more like Morgan Freeman and less like Gollum from Lord of the Rings?

Harmony Squared Workshops provide the ideal fun and supportive environment in which to discover the full potential of your own voice. A grid is laid on the floor of the workshop space, upon which the participants move, as they follow a set of rules which creates music. The Grid itself can take many forms, but it is fundamentally a giant score on which the musical structure is drawn, with the participants and performers themselves as the notes.

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Category: Art
Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji
Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji

The Jack Studio Theatre: Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji

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The wonderful Brockley Jack pub is barely recognisable since its refit and a lovely place to spend an evening. The advantage of seeing another top-rate play at the adjoining Studio Theatre is a true bonus! Or should that be the other way around! You decide. The theatre is currently showing three plays by Brixtonian Howard Colyer. A signature of the venue seems to be setting the scene and on this occasion we enter to crescending sounds of the sea…

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Category: Culture