At 180 The Strand, London, is the latest multimedia show by United Visual
Artists. Entitled Other Places, the first couple of rooms feature coordinated
displays of light in mist. While impressive, they reminded me of the light
shows certain Prog Rock bands would employ when fans could be wowed by lasers.
The third room however is a gem. Legendary audio artist Bernie Krause presents
The Great Animal Orchestra. With four decades of sound recording around the
world, his mix of animal sounds coordinated with a laser output that immerses
you along three walls of a darkened chamber, is a sensory delight. One could
spend hours here.
I saw the play’s
premiere at the RSC earlier in the year and found it utterly engrossing. It is
a hugely moving head-to-head between actors Anthony Sher (Jack Morris) and John
Kani (Lunga Kunene) with exceptional music performed by Lungiswa Plaatjies.
Reflecting on 25 years since the first democratic elections after apartheid, it
explores: race, class, culture, politics, ageing, caring and being cared for
and, how a mutual passion for Shakespeare can break down barriers.
It’s transferring to The
Ambassador’s Theatre London from 24 Jan – 28 March 2020.
– Sarah Hill
Nov there’ll be a 30-minute
programme on BBC R4 about the ever-expanding open mic/spoken word events that
have burgeoned in Bradford
over the last few years. It features many poets who I know, several of whom
were nervous and under-confident just a year or so ago, and who are now
organising events around Bradford and beyond, and working with Kala Sangam,
Mind the Gap, schools and charities. Well worth catching up with it on BBC
Sounds to hear a different take on the ‘dark satanic mills’ myth about my home
– Irene Lofthouse
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