tue 15/10/2019

old age

Mammuth

In Mammuth the immense Gérard Depardieu hits the road, on both a practical quest and spiritual journey, his enormous form testing the metal of a motorcycle. He is flanked on his travels by the glorious French countryside, wind whipping through his...

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Or You Could Kiss Me, National Theatre

Puppetry of love, loss, and infirmity co-starring Handspring's Basil Jones in the flesh

Theatrical conceits, much like London buses, seem these days to come in threes. Or so it is suggested by the Neil Bartlett/Handspring collaboration Or You Could Kiss Me, the third Cottesloe production this year to peer into the future, albeit only...

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Music for Life: where other therapies cannot reach

Last year I witnessed the miracle of music. Eight extremely old people, all of them suffering from dementia,  sat in a circle, each with a percussion instrument in their lap. Among them were sprinkled three classical musicians - a violist, a...

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Willie Nelson & Family, The Playhouse, Edinburgh

A few years ago I wrote a book about Willie Nelson. Keith Richards supplied the introduction – a Kafkaesque saga which deserves a book in itself - during which he opined that Willie had a severe case of “white line fever”. This (for once) had...

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Kontakthof, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Barbican Theatre

A house of contact, a place to make contact - this bare, evocative title sits on one of Pina Bausch’s most appealing works, and also its most elastic. Brought this week to the Barbican posthumously, staged by her company on two amateur casts,...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Meeting Pina Bausch

This week the world-renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch arrives in London - for the first time, without its towering creator. Last summer the German choreographer died at the age of 68. The company intends to continue, despite the dodgy track...

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Really Old, Like Forty Five, National Theatre

Okay, now that you’re a citizen of Dystopia, and you’ve reached the regulation old age, it’s time to check into an approved care home. Please enter the Ark, and take your allotted bed. A government official will be with you in due course. Yes, that’...

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Grumpy Old Women, Dorking Halls

Anyone looking for a novel way into their PhD on how the British like to be entertained would do well to sit in the audience of the live version of Grumpy Old Women, a successful spin-off from the BBC television series where celebby femmes d’un...

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