This review by Emily Holyoake was originally published by Exeunt Magazine on 7 March 2020.
what do kites symbolise?
‘The kite symbolizes the quest for freedom in you’ – okay, well, that can’t be it. It’s been a while since I did an essay on Macbeth but I’m reasonably sure that the quest for freedom isn’t one of the themes.
‘Traditionally, kites symbolize both prophecy and fate’ – okay yeah, that’s probably it. Huh. I didn’t know that about kites.
There’s a meat hook in this version of Macbeth.
There are also some of those translucent plastic curtains that hang down in strips, like you get in a butcher’s shop.
(“Like you get in Co-op,” says my partner, a former Co-op employee.)
The plastic curtains aren’t there all the time – sometimes a big rusty metal screen with a tiny door and tiny windows comes down in front of them. I don’t know what slaughterhouses look like. Maybe they have metal walls and tiny doors and tiny windows.
When Lady Macduff and her child get killed, they get taken behind the Co-op curtains and someone squeezes a bottle of fake blood at the plastic. It comes out in a thin, paint-y, ketchup-y squirt.
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This review by Emily Holyoake was originally published at Exeunt Magazine on 25 July 2017.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Presented by Exeter Northcott Theatre
Saturday 22 July 2017, Rougemont Gardens, Exeter
Performed by: Martin Bassindale, Katriona Brown, Ella Dunlop, Grace Hussey-Burd, Lucy May Rothwell, Jennifer Ruth-Adams, Tanwyn Smith Meek, Alex York
Directed by: Poppy Burton Morgan
“Is this a twin one? Is it the double twin one? Is it one with a shipwreck?”
There’s not a lot to the story of The Comedy of Errors. As we munch through our picnic on a chilly Saturday evening in Exeter’s Rougemont Gardens, one of my friends describes it as a ‘two line plot’. Two sets of twins – the brothers Antipholus and their servants, the brothers Dromio – get mistaken for each other, as can often happen when you give both of your twin sons the same name. Comedy and mayhem ensue, reunion scene at the end. A standard but smart choice for an open-air show, since there’s very little fear that the audience won’t be able to keep up if they’re distracted by rain/other members of the public/aforementioned picnics. You can throw literally anything at The Comedy of Errors – fire spinning, beam walking, knife throwing – the whole circus.
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THE TAMING OF A SHREW – GENDERSWAPPED!
20 – 21 March 8.00pm, Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Performed by: Keith Braid, Sasha van Diepen, Theresa Dunthorne, Meg Gray, Dominic James, Natalie Keffler, Richard Knox, Hannah Rosa Minshall, Sally Naylor, Grace Rider, Alex Rowntree, Tabi Scott, Loren Smith
Directed by: Dinah Marti
Having had no previous exposure to this infamously troubling Shakespeare play (barring an inevitable teenage viewing of ‘10 Things I Hate About You’), Dinah Marti’s ‘The Taming of a Shrew – Genderswapped!’ comes as a refreshing introduction to a comedy which is ordinarily mired in misogyny.
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