Review: Down and Out in Paris and London by New Diorama Theatre / PIT

Down and Out in Paris and London, written and directed by NDT / PIT Artistic Director, David Byrne, fuses two books, written half a century apart. The first by George Orwell, which lends its title to the production, and the second, Hard Work by Polly Toynbee, a journalist and reporter for The Guardian, in which she researches minimum-wage, zero-hours contracts by living for several months as one of those reliant on them to survive.

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Review: The Universal Machine by PIT

The Universal MachinePIT are an extraordinary company who can always be relied on to do something different and The Universal Machine is certainly that. Dramatising the life of one of Britain’s most belatedly-recognised icons, Alan Turing, would be a daunting task on its own, but writer / director David Byrne has upped the ante by collaborating with composer Dominic Brennan to make a musical of the subject.

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