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Category: spoken theatre

Ordinary heroism – four women bare their lives in Circa Theatre’s new Caryl Churchill play “Escaped Alone”

By , 14/03/2017
Back in days of yore, I remember taking part in a one-act play written by Irishman Brian Friel, called "Lovers, Winners", a scenario involving two actors and two narrators. The former were the eponymous "Lovers", who enacted a single day's events, their interchanges filled with hopes and plans for their future, while the two narrators (I was one) took turns to counterpoint the stage action with a matter-of-fact commentary... read more

From nothing, whole worlds – Circa Theatre’s 40th Birthday production of King Lear

By , 14/05/2016

Shakespeare got his "King Lear" story from an early chronicler, Holinshed, (who had in turn got it from an earlier source). As well as this there had been an anonymous stage adaptation of the story "doing the rounds" and performed in London about ten years before Shakespeare's play appeared. Both of these told the story of the semi-legendary Leir of Britain and his three daughters Gonorilla/Gonerill, Regan/Ragan and... read more

Circa Theatre Revisits Home-Grown Chronicles

By , 05/04/2016

Something very special is being currently re-enacted at Circa Theatre in Wellington - a revival of Robert Lord's play, Joyful and Triumphant.

First performed at Circa Theatre in 1992, in the company's original premises in Harris Street, the play, directed by Susan Wilson, was one of the great successes of the fourth Wellington Arts Festival, winning both festival and national awards. The production then undertook a New Zealand... read more

A Child’s Christmas a world and time away at Circa Theatre

By , 01/12/2015

I thought I knew Dylan Thomas's enchanting youthful evocation "A Child's Christmas in Wales" pretty well, in the wake of numerous encounters with the work over the years. As each Christmas approached I would read the work to the class of children that were in my charge as a teacher,  a kind of ritual that extended over more years than I care to remember. And every now... read more

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