Review: Where the White Stops by Antler Theatre

Antler Theatre is a new, young company, founded only last year (2012) by a group of students who met at East 15, under the mentorship of their tutor, Uri Roodner. In this way, they follow in the fine tradition of companies such as Trestle and Idle Motion, and their work certainly lives up to that legacy.

Where the White Stops, Antler’s latest show, is the story of Crab, a young girl who dares to step outside the boundaries of her village in the far north, and chance the wrath of the Beast who roams ‘the white’, to search for something else. On her way she meets Carpenters and Kings, makes friends and foes, and battles through cold and blizzards to find the elusive place where the white stops.

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Review: The Heads by Blind Summit

THe HeadsThe Heads is a new piece of work by acclaimed puppet company, Blind Summit, and this was its first outing.  Although developed directly from a section of their previous work, The Table, The Heads is a departure from the narrative style and Blind Summit have to be applauded for taking risks and not sticking with a formula, especially one so successful.

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Inspiration for young and emerging companies

The New Diorama Theatre today published their manifesto on supporting young and emerging companies.

We need more visionary venues such as this on the British Theatre scene today. I wish them every success in their endeavours!

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Mass media forum for emerging artists

It was great to see a new partnership announced this week between Arts Council England and Channel4, to support emerging artists. Young artists are the future of the arts, and without support there will be no art in years to come. Bringing it to a mass market is a welcome initiative in a time when opportunities are scarce.

Well done to Channel 4 for continuing to develop our cultural heritage, and to Arts Council England for supporting them!

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