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23 April 2017 The Guardian

Out of this World

By Mark Murphy. A Mark Murphy and V-TOL theatre review.

IN 2004, Anthony Neilson staged The Wonderful World of Dissocia. It was a play of two halves. It began with an Alice in Wonderland fantasia, equal parts funny, surreal and alarming. After the interval, the scene jumped to an arid hospital ward, making us realise we’d previously been privy to a young woman’s manic episode, before her medication kicked in. Something similar happens in Mark Murphy’s ambitious Out of this World, only much earlier on. The patient this time is Ellen Jones, played by a superb Sarah Swire, athletic, downbeat and desperate. Her Wonderland is somewhere between the gravity-resistant theatre of Robert Lepage and the enigmatic symbolism of David Lynch. Eager to make sense of her surroundings, she finds herself lost in a confounding universe, hampered by officialdom, tossed into the air and dwarfed by the explosive sunbursts and shattering glass of video projections that fill the walls.

31 Oct 2016 The Guardian

Back to the rivers of blood: Enoch Powell returns to a divided Britain

Preview of What Shadows by Chris Hannan. A Royal Lyceum theatre preview.

A NATION divided. Two factions at war over foreigners. One side claims to tell it like it is. The other cries racism. Neither can agree. Brexit Britain? Well, yes, but also Birmingham in April 1968.That was when the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West forced immigration on to the political agenda. His name was Enoch Powell and what he called his Birmingham speech would prove even more incendiary than he’d hoped. Reacting to Labour’s Race Relations Act, Powell argued that allowing mass immigration from the Commonwealth was “literally mad” and prophesied doom in the language of the Roman poet Virgil: “Like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood.”





















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