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Carolyn Burdett on The Work (2017)

Carolyn Burdett on The Work (2017) I’ve been interested in psychoanalysis for a long time. Freudian psychoanalysis, like literature, is committed to words, supremely interested not only in what is said but also in how it gets said. For Freud, the bodily symptom that makes

Joseph Brooker on The Tempest at the Barbican

Joseph Brooker on The Tempest at the Barbican Like many people I think of myself as revering William Shakespeare, and also imagine that I know the outline of his late play The Tempest (c.1611). But a few minutes into the current RSC production at the

Peter Fifield on Oxford, by Martin Parr

Peter Fifield on Oxford, by Martin Parr This exhibition occupies Blackwell Hall, the large foyer of the Bodleian’s Weston Library, which reopened in 2015 after a long and expensive refurbishment. I went here in a lunch break from my research in one of the other,

Martin Eve on ‘The Ferryman’

Professor Martin Paul Eve on The Ferryman Jez Butterworth’s previous play, Jerusalem, starring the irrepressible Mark Rylance, was a stage hit. After its gestation at the Royal Court, Jerusalem transferred to the West End and then to Broadway in the US, despite its main theme being

Isabel Davis on Yerma

Isabel Davis on Yerma Last year I queued along The Cut at the Young Vic Theatre for returns to see Yerma, an adaptation of the Federico García Lorca play by Simon Stone. There weren’t any. But this week I had the chance to see it

Daragh Carville on Girl from the North Country

Daragh Carville on Girl from the North Country Old Vic, August 2, 2017 On the night of August 2, it was impossible to watch Girl from the North Country, Conor McPherson’s new play incorporating the songs of Bob Dylan, without thinking of Sam Shepard, whose

Joseph Brooker on the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Joseph Brooker on the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich Just to the North of the old centre of Munich is an expanse of land hosting several major art galleries. They include the Alte Pinakothek (apparently holding Old Masters, though I’ve not been in), the Neue Pinakothek