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Gilded Butterflies, at the Hope Theatre

  Gilded Butterflies is an intimate exercise in confessing everything but one’s sins. The main character, in a superb performance by Francesca McCrohon, is a hyperactive chatterbox confined to a solitary cell on death row, willing to spill out her thoughts to the new resident of the neighbouring cell, or indeed to no-one at all. From an opening soliloquy that could easily be a stand-up comedy performance from an Edinburgh fringe breakout, McCrohon invites us into the eccentric, mis-matched world of Maggie, a death-row inmate in the US who is… Read more Gilded Butterflies, at the Hope Theatre

The Crossroads Inn, and, The Monkey King and the Leopard, at Sadlers Wells.

Higher, faster, stronger.  When we look to understand the limits of human physicality, we look to athletes, and sportsfolk. Few, though, could manage the sustained, precise athleticism of the lead performers in this twin show. The Crossroads Inn contains one of the most famous scenes in the genre of Peking Opera. It begins with a gentle mime in which a warrior, staying for the night in the titular inn, blows out their last candle and, in pitch darkness, finds their way to bed. Soon, an assassin enters the room, intent… Read more The Crossroads Inn, and, The Monkey King and the Leopard, at Sadlers Wells.