Robot wars: 100 years on, it’s time to reboot Karel Čapek’s RUR | Theatre

Not many plays introduce a new word to the language. One that did was Karel Čapek’s RUR: Rossum’s Universal Robots that had its premiere in Prague 100 years ago this month. Every time we use the word “robot” to denote a humanoid machine, it derives from Čapek’s play, which coined Continue Reading

The Picture of Dorian Gray: the ‘magic tricks’ and technical feats behind STC’s smash hit – in pictures | Stage

When the curtains close on each performance of Sydney Theatre Company’s one-woman show, the most common phrase you’ll hear is, ‘How did they do that?’. Kip Williams’ five-star adaptation stars Erin Jean ‘EJ’ Norvill in 26 roles – but it’s more than just a triumph for the actor; it’s a Continue Reading

Locked Down: The Scariest Show You Will Never See review | Stage

We have been told to bring a blindfold and headphones for a “terrifying sonic experience” on Zoom. There’s a trigger warning of its “adult content” by a faceless voice called Master, who tells us that emotions will run high over the next two hours – so we can remove the Continue Reading

Have Your Passport Ready review – step inside the asylum system | Games

Every foreign humanitarian crisis forces a government to balance compassion and restraint. To what degree should a country fulfil its moral obligation to offer aid and sanctuary to refugees? At what point does national benevolence threaten national stability? Sober deliberation soon descends into hysterics. Respondents to a 1940 poll that Continue Reading

The best culture you may have missed in 2020 | Culture

Film Southern Journey (Revisited)In the dark days of lockdown, it’s hard to believe the big outdoors actually exists. But that’s what you get with this lovely music documentary, which followed in the footsteps of celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax and British folk singer Shirley Collins on their landmark 1959 odyssey, recording Continue Reading

Michelle Wolf to Melania’s roses: the arts and pop culture that sum up the Trump era | Culture

Architecture Travesty in the Rose Garden Since he’s a former real-estate tycoon, it seems fitting that Donald Trump’s tenure should express itself in some sort of building. So which edifice best defines his era? Well, there is the “big, beautiful wall” planned for the border with Mexico. “Nobody builds walls Continue Reading

The Guardian view on a Brexit industrial strategy: theatre but no policy | Editorial | Opinion

The collision of political rhetoric and commercial reality in Cambridge’s “Silicon Fen” threatens to expose the government’s industrial strategy for what it is: draping a union jack over the wilder edges of global capitalism. Earlier this summer, Boris Johnson sought new powers to block outsiders from picking up British firms, Continue Reading

This digital afterlife: mobile phone-based show connects us in our grief | Stage- Tempemail

‘If your partner dies,” Caroline Twigg wrote in an article for the Guardian in 2015, “a lot of admin also comes your way. And, these days, people die a digital death alongside their physical one, which creates a whole new world of admin that didn’t pass the radar of grieving Continue Reading

This Beautiful Virtual Village review – drama that rages like a Twitter pile-on | Theatre

The six members of a Dublin residents’ association in Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s drama first came together on the stage of the Abbey theatre to convene a meeting, about obscenely sexist graffiti daubed on a wall in their neighbourhood, that spiralled into hot, drunken political debate. They are back in this virtual Continue Reading

Dear Australia: livestreamed dispatches from a world overdue for a reckoning | Stage

Playwriting Australia promoted its new suite of 50 monologues, livestreamed over three nights this July, as “a striking moment of national celebration and reflection”. But the stories are also suffused with grief and desperation, with anxiety and impatience. Addressed as “postcards” to the nation, the monologues serve as dispatches from Continue Reading