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for a previous production “Beautifully presented, and created with calm singularity of movement and poise from an impeccable cast, it is nevertheless hugely conflicting...The framing of it all as exotic is darkly troubling, as it makes it exclusive rather than inclusive, the multinational cast members are ‘other'...The questions then become confused, the metaphors impenetrable, and the issue of who is the criminal, who the prisoner and who the observed becomes convoluted beyond resolution or care." Full Review
for a previous production "This goes deeper into contemporary South African politics by confronting the divisions over gender, patriarchy, race, and class that split the movement when the statue had come down and the struggle turned to other issues...This begins to roar when the students get to confront and being to understand each other’s own issues...This is a truly ensemble production which has both teeth and heart. And one which stands for student revolt around the world and down the ages." Full Review
for a previous production "Here is a bona fide great piece of dance, clearly within the expectations of its dance audience with resonances that go deep beneath its surface moves – yet as a piece of dance for children and their families it allows the festival to explicitly programme for that audience...The storytelling is clear and energetic...Fun and spontaneity are sprinkled across the show. But all the while there is acknowledgment of the deeper element at work, in the complex bonds between father and son." Full Review
for a previous production "Their slight fictional romance is just just enough to sustain Ley’s leaps into history, literature, time travel and LGBT lives...It is all very meta, and Ley makes necessarily heavy use of this material, although Ros Philips’ playful direction succeeds in showing much more than might be expected. McVarish and Reid launch into a blaze of caricatures, all based on fact and presented with a hearty twist...A thoroughly entertaining and important piece of LGBT social history." Full Review
for a previous production "A cleverly versatile stage for Cannon and Manley to bring all their storytelling abilities...The pair recreate Sewell’s narrative with broad strokes, galloping through Black Beauty’s life and adventures, mentioning but never dwelling on its darkest moments...Aficionados of the novel might not find it dark enough, but will enjoy recognising the passing scenes...Carefully balanced and packed with hidden ideas and word-play, the production draws cleverly from pantomime, storytelling, and puppet... Full Review