Normal: Too ‘in-yer-face’ to scare some

James Waddell ✮✮✮✮ Anthony Neilson’s complex psychological thriller traces the manipulative relationship of Peter Kürten, the infamous Düsseldorf Ripper (perpetrator of an estimated 60 murders) with Justus Wehner, the repressed, virginal lawyer who defends him at his trial. As Wehner is drawn deeper into his defendant’s psyche, his fragile sense of morality crumbles, and the central […]

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Royal Court’s minding the Footfalls, but Not I…

Stage editors Costanza Bertoni and Frank Lawton give their takes on this Beckett trilogy. Were they at the same play? Costanza Bertoni Imagine yourself in a photography dark room. Red lighting off, darkness, but your eyes  faintly adjust to the contours of the developing image before you, rippling in the liquid. The Royal Court’s production of Beckett’s Not I, Footfalls […]

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Winging it: 1st week

Gods Continuing a cultural trend of resurrecting has-beens, this week the London Palladium played host to An Evening with Sylvester Stallone. An ‘actor’ second only to Brando for unintelligibility (probably a positive if you’ve read some of his scripts), rumour has it that he next plans to (possibly literally) tackle the great Bard. A comedy […]

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