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‘An All-Female Titus’

Originally published at Savage online: PHYLLIDA JACOBS reviews Titus Andronicus, as performed by an all-female cast at the Greenwich Theatre. The ‘Smooth Faced Gentlemen’ acting troop have brought their award-winning all-female production of Titus Andronicus to the Greenwich Theatre. Their performance of one of Shakespeare’s most under-appreciated tragedies is brutal and comical in equal measure. All… Continue reading ‘An All-Female Titus’

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The Decemberists gig review

Originally published at Savage online: PHYLLIDA JACOBS spends a night with The Decemberists at Brixton Academy. After a four year hiatus, The Decemberists have made their much anticipated return, touring again with their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. They are supported by Serafina Steer, whose beguiling folk artistry is interesting but nowhere near powerful enough… Continue reading The Decemberists gig review

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‘Opposite the Tourbus’

Originally published at Savage online: PHYLLIDA JACOBS reviews Sophia Walker’s debut poetry collection. “Always travel in the direction opposite to the tour bus” are the words recounted in ‘Advice’, the first poem of Sophia Walker’s debut collection. It is a statement which embodies the spirit of defiance that  resonates throughout her work. These are poems… Continue reading ‘Opposite the Tourbus’

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Anaïs Mitchell gig review

Article originally published at Savage online: PHYLLIDA JACOBS reviews Anaïs Mitchell and Kate Stables at Union Chapel. Upon seeing Anaïs Mitchell perform her enchantingly lyrical songs, it’s easy to see why this singer from Vermont has been dubbed the ‘queen of modern folk music’. Mitchell’s music is steeped in myth and magic, and confronts the themes of womanhood,… Continue reading Anaïs Mitchell gig review

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Virginia in Shoreditch

Article originally published on Savage: PHYLLIDA JACOBS discusses Sarah Blake’s Stage Adaptation and performance of ‘A Room of One’s Own’. A basement theatre in Shoreditch’s The Book Club seems a far cry from the venerated halls of Cambridge where Virginia Woolf first addressed the female undergraduates on the subject of ‘Women and Fiction’ in 1928.… Continue reading Virginia in Shoreditch

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“Edinburgh Fringe Highlights: three of this year’s best LGBT shows”

Article originally published at The Broad UK: When you’re at a festival with literally thousands of acts to see, the most daunting challenge will always be sifting through the sand to find that rare glimmer of gold, a truly great show. Naturally then, you start to assemble some criteria for which to see and… Continue reading “Edinburgh Fringe Highlights: three of this year’s best LGBT shows”