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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Roberto Zucco" / "Boyhood"

My most recent British Theatre Guide reviewing assignment was at Chapter - August 012’s production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’ “Roberto Zucco”. It’s a fine production, director Mathilde Lopez highly inventive as usual; although the audience is complicit in being amused by the antics of a real-life murderer, which is slightly problematic.

Yesterday I caught the latest film by Richard Linklater – “Boyhood”, the story of whose production is almost as fascinating as the move itself. Telling the story of a family’s life over twelve years, it manages to be deeply moving, despite nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary happening. Ellar Coltrane impresses as the central protagonist, as do Patricia Arquette and especially Ethan Hawke as his divorced parents (fuller review here).  

The intervening weekend saw me taking the first steps in training to become a participatory arts facilitator with YOCA. This included a trip to the premises of Volcano Theatre in Swansea, to take part in singing and circus-skills workshops. Hopefully the beginning of an interesting journey.

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