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The Memory of Water

I have one sister, a half-sister, who I admire more than anything. Yes we have our differences, one of us loves printed fabric and perfume, whilst the...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Orfeo and Zanetto Double Bill

Barefoot Opera brought an unusual double bill to Grimeborn at the Arcola. They paired a shortened version of Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice with Zanetto, a...
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Invisible Me

Sex in the Sixties?  Well, that was the decade of sexual liberation (though it rather passed your reviewer by).  But sex for the over-sixties?  Back i...
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Rockets and Blue Lights

This fascinating and challenging play by Winsome Pinnock starts from ideas stimulated by two paintings by JMW Turner. The first – 'The Slave Ship' – w...
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13 Musical

This is an energetic and joyous production of Jason Robert Brown’s 13 (Musical). The entire cast and band consists of teenagers. The production was ma...
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Bach & Sons

There are often good grounds to be wary of plays centred on the lives of historical figures. The balance between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’ is notoriousl...
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Alcina

As part of the splendid Grimeborn festival put on every summer by the Arcola, Marcio da Silva's Ensemble Orquestra has brought us an intriguing and in...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Paradise

Kae Tempest’s Paradise is a bold, modern reimagining of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. For a play famed since antiquity for its focus on character and dialog...
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Die Walküre

Back in 2019 Grimeborn began its exploration of Wagner’s Ring cycle with the inspired idea of reviving the reduced-scale version devised by Jonathan D...
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My Night with Reg

This tragicomedy from 1994 is set in the early 1980s as the impact of HIV/AIDS becomes felt in the London gay community. It takes the lives of three g...