Listen to What We Say: Review of Miss Julie, Produced by Elysium Theatre Company

Strindberg's play Miss Julie caused controversy when first performed in 1888, with its transgression of class differences and gender norms. Kate Foy finds that a new production by Elysium Theatre Company continues to capture the difficulty of speaking across divisions in society. From the cheerful strains of homespun music that open in the foyer, to... Continue Reading →

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Watermarks: Review of The River, Produced by Elysium Theatre Company

Through its watery metaphors, Jez Butterworth's play The River reflects on how our idealised memories of the past can prevent us from flowing with life in the present. Although a short performance, it feels broad thanks to numerous literary and musical allusions. Tom Bristow tracks these through the recent, brilliant production by Durham-based Elysium Theatre Company, directed by... Continue Reading →

Back to Back Poetry: Review of Michael O’Neill and Jamie McKendrick at Durham Book Festival

Michael O’Neill’s The Return of the Gift and Jamie McKendrick’s Anomaly are two compelling poetry collections. Though individual in style, both encapsulate the personal experiences that have shaped the mind of their authors. Aalia Ahmed and Lucia Scigliano attended their reflective reading at Durham Book Festival. Michael O’Neill’s reading incorporated a diverse selection from his... Continue Reading →

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