Let your hair down – Rapunzel at Chickenshed

December 21, 2017

How to morph a protagonist-dominated story into the story of a community? In a usual Chickenshed’s Christmas practice, the theatre reinvents well-known storyline set in an intimate, sparsely-populated world of a classical fairy-tale to accommodate a 200-strong cast. This year Chickenshed re-written Rapunzel for its signature seasonal show. The great feature of the show is […]

Doctor Faustus in Chickenshed

October 31, 2017

Marlowe’s Faustus for me is a testament of more far-away and naïve times. Back in the day, you could actually learn all that there was to learn about science in one lifetime. Elena of Troy was the fairest lady that ever lived and there was a limit to the knowledge in general. After all, what […]

Dragon’s Read: Capel Bells by Joan Hessayon

April 20, 2017

Gently, he forced her to open her mouth and thrust his tongue inside while holding her so close she couldn’t push him away. After a second or two, she seemed to take the course of least resistance, not objecting, yet not encouraging… Suddenly, she gave in and kissed him back clasping around the neck with […]

Here be Dragons: Kingston – Chessington World of Adventures

April 3, 2017

The Borough of Kingston, being a phallic symbol of gerrymandering that it is, sticks out of London as far as Chessington. At the very tip of it’s head there is Chessington World of Adventures Amusement Park, which is much better than it sounds. I am not of the joyous type. As the train of blithe […]

“Blowin in the Wind” at Chickenshed

March 21, 2017

It starts with recount of Rosa Parks, how she refused one day to give up her seat to a white man in a bus and the events that ensued and became a puzzle pieces in abolishing segregation in the US. “Blowin in the wind” at Chickenshed is a series of musical scenes, where the company […]

Dragon’s Read: “The London Market Guide” by Andrew Kershman

March 16, 2017

This book dwells on the shelves of many museums’ souvenir shops. I often would pick it up and look through the pages, trying to recognise what I have seen, compare with my vision. When I eventually bought it – I was not disappointed. I picked this book because I knew the author would have to […]

Here be Dragons: Merton – Deen City Farm and Morden Hall Park

February 24, 2017

Deen City Farm City farms are a curious invention. They are, let’s be frank here, in the business of cuteness rather than actual farming. Farms have all the “Moo” and “Baaah” here and “Neigh” and “Quack” there, but of course they keep it a cleaner than I keep my writing desk, although it does not […]

Dragon’s Read: “Walk the Lines” by Mark Mason

February 17, 2017

A diary of walks that cover all of the capital’s Underground lines. An “ultimate walk that would comprehensively capture the capital”, as author himself puts it. A journey through the city, a journey within yourself. Wouldn’t it sound like a great idea? I picked this book because I knew the author would have to touch […]

Politics Never Change in “Trumpets and Raspberries” at Chickenshed

February 13, 2017

A grassroots leftist leader is being sacrificed by the ruling class for the sake of keeping the status quo. Does that sound familiar at all to you? Waterboarding, alternative facts, disrespect for the due process, crazy overreacting at the face of any slightest confrontation are all part of the new play at Chickenshed. It is […]

Here be Dragons: Merton – Abbey Mills Market

January 12, 2017

The band ends in an abrupt finale and awkwardly waits for cheers that never arrive. They sing under a giant rectangular wooden canopy three steps up from the spectators, two dozen forty-somethings that share their time between a pint and hopelessly trying to handle their kiddies. Speakers play some static for a change and they […]