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From LED bulbs to living plants: German theatre tackles climate crisis on and off stage | Germany

From LED bulbs to living plants: German theatre tackles climate crisis on and off stage | Germany

[ad_1] A handful of Spanish conquistadors fight through thick undergrowth to emerge in the ivy-clad ruins of a fallen civilisation during a rehearsal of Austrian playwright Thomas Köck’s Your Palaces Are Empty. Premiered last month at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam, south-west of Berlin, the bleak and unforgiving drama probes the wounds of a shattered capitalist world that has exploited its people and the planet’s resources. But it is not just the dystopian play that is embracing the subject of the climate crisis. The production itself has been declared climate neutral under a €3m pilot project launched by Germany’s federal ministry of culture. The project, called Zero, is sponsoring the Potsdam theatre and 25 other cultural institutions across Germany, from dance companies to libraries and museums, to completely restructure their creative modus operandi. “It leads to restrictions,” says the director, Moritz Peters, crouching on a wooden stool on stage as he takes a break from rehearsals. “But it also forces greater creativity.” The theatre’s climate impact report found wood made up half of the …

Spirited Away Review – Unbelievably Creative And Beautiful

Spirited Away Review – Unbelievably Creative And Beautiful

[ad_1] Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away has pretty much been universally acclaimed and adored since it was first released back in 2001. The animated film – which follows a young girl called Chihiro who accidentally gets lost in a fantastical world full of spirits – is beloved for its stunning animation, didactic storytelling, gorgeous soundtrack and unforgettable characters. It seems like a no-brainer to adapt such a fantastic piece of cinema for other media, but it wasn’t until 2022 that the stage adaptation first opened in Japan. Now, in its first ever overseas production, Spirited Away comes to the London Coliseum for a limited run between 8 May and 24 August 2024. As an avowed Studio Ghibli fanatic, you can imagine how ecstatic I was to be able to preview the show, which is a co-production between the West End’s PW Productions and Japanese entertainment giant, Toho. Chihiro and Haku in the original 2001 animated film Entering the theatre, which is known as the home of the English National Opera and the largest theatre in London’s …

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

[ad_1] Surveying recent election losses, some Conservatives have concluded that the problem is a deficit of radical Conservatism – a prospectus defined by commitment to always cutting taxes, public spending and immigration. Natalie Elphicke would once have been considered a likely proponent of that approach, but on Wednesday the MP for Dover expressed her frustration with Rishi Sunak’s leadership by moving in a very different direction – to cross the Commons floor and join Labour. Ms Elphicke’s politics, rooted on the hard right of her former party, gave no indication of propensity for conversion to Keir Starmer’s creed. Setting policy differences aside, some Labour MPs are queasy about the concerted effort their new colleague put into supporting Charlie Elphicke, her predecessor in the Dover seat and now ex-husband, when he faced allegations of sexual assault – offences for which he was jailed. Ms Elphicke was among a group of MPs whose lobbying of a judge in the case was deemed a breach of the code of conduct by the parliamentary regulator. Had her defection not come with a …

Robert Downey Jr. sparks reaction with major announcement with wife Susan Downey: ‘I’ll knock the dust off quick’

Robert Downey Jr. sparks reaction with major announcement with wife Susan Downey: ‘I’ll knock the dust off quick’

[ad_1] Robert Downey Jr. is making big moves! Not long after claiming his first Academy Award for Oppenheimer, and making his return to the small screen with HBO’s The Sympathizer, he’s bringing his talents to a different stage. The actor, 59, announced on Tuesday that he will be making his Broadway debut this fall for a limited run of the play McNeal. He will play the title role of Jacob McNeal, heralding the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, to be directed by Bartlett Sher. You may also likeRobert Downey Jr.’s kids shave his head for his new role The play will be produced in association with Team Downey, the entertainment company run by Robert and his wife Susan Downey, and will debut at the Lincoln Center Theater. Previews begin on September 5, and will open on September 30, concluding on November 24. The Marvel star shared the big news on social media, excitedly writing: “I am making my Broadway debut in the new play MCNEAL at Lincoln Center Theater!”  “I knew I wanted to …

Performance of In The Night Garden suspended at New Theatre after ‘threatening phone call’ | UK News

Performance of In The Night Garden suspended at New Theatre after ‘threatening phone call’ | UK News

[ad_1] A performance of In The Night Garden in Cardiff at the weekend was suspended after reports of a “threatening phone call”. South Wales Police said they were called to the New Theatre in the Welsh capital on Saturday after reports of a “threatening phone call having been made to the premises”. The force said its officers conducted a “thorough search of the premises” and “no items of concern were found”. “A full evacuation of the theatre took place,” the spokesperson added. Their investigation is ongoing into what they believe to be a “malicious hoax”. In the Night Garden Live is currently touring the UK and was in Cardiff from 2 to 4 May. It features characters from the BBC children’s series, including Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka. A spokesperson for New Theatre said it was “alerted by telephone to a potentially serious incident” during the performance of In The Night Garden. Read more from Sky News:Prince Harry will not meet King during UK visitEight talking points from the Met Gala Follow Sky News …

Juro Kara, playwright who helped shape Japan’s postwar avant-garde theatre, dies at 84

Juro Kara, playwright who helped shape Japan’s postwar avant-garde theatre, dies at 84

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Juro Kara, who helped shape Japan’s postwar avant-garde theater, defiantly yet playfully transforming the essence of Kabuki aesthetics into modern storytelling, has died. He was 84. The playwright, director and troupe leader died late Saturday from a blood clot in the brain after he collapsed at home and was rushed to a Tokyo hospital on 1 May, his theatre group Karagumi said in a statement on Sunday. Kara, whose real name was Yoshihide Otsuru, rose to stardom in the so-called Japanese underground movement of the 1960s known as “un-gura”, characterized by a kitsch rebellious style also found in his contemporaries Shuji Terayama and Tadashi Suzuki. Kara’s colourful shows, often in makeshift tents evocative of a traveling circus, rejected the established theatrical modes then dominating modernizing Japan that were mostly Western, middle class and well-behaved. His plays, such as “Koshimaki Osen,” were characterized by a raw energetic physicality, …

John Cleese, 84, reflects on ‘literal-minded’ people at Fawlty Towers play

John Cleese, 84, reflects on ‘literal-minded’ people at Fawlty Towers play

[ad_1] John Cleese, 84, has spoken on the consequences of oversensitivity at an exclusive performance of his new Fawlty Towers play. It’s 10:30 am, and I’m one row from the front of the Apollo Theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. To my right, in a royal box shared with a couple of inconspicuous-looking cameramen, sits John Cleese.  The comedy giant is here for the media launch of his new Fawlty Towers play, and will soon be answering questions from host Johnny Vaughn. Before that, though, the cast of the production have the nerve-wracking challenge of performing two scenes from the show, in front of the very man who first brought Basil Fawlty to life almost 50 years ago.   © picture allianceJohn Cleese with the cast of Fawlty Towers the Play Fawlty Towers preview review  If nerves are bubbling under the surface, they don’t show. Adam-Jackson Smith makes a brilliant Basil, all repressed stress and hopping frustration. Anna-Jane Casey effortlessly masks her native northern accent with Sybil Fawlty’s trademark brand of put-on-posh. Hemi Yeroham gets the …