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Exeunt Review: Finders Keepers

Exeunt Review: Finders Keepers

Originally published by Exeunt


The colour is brighter, the sounds louder and the physical acting bolder in this family-friendly show that appeals to deaf and hearing audiences alike. Finders Keepers is a biblically-inspired story with a modern update – Mr Pharaoh (Clare-Louise English) and Daughter (Jo Sargeant) have their simple lives interrupted when a baby is abandoned on their doorstep. Except the baby is a puppet. And no-one speaks. And the house is a bit of a dump (literally).

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Exeunt Review: Chinglish

Exeunt Review: Chinglish

Originally published by Exeunt


The ever-increasing number of businesses tending towards globalisation indicates that the advantage of speaking multiple languages is becoming less and less important. Business is still mainly conducted in English and doesn’t look to be shifting any time soon. Signs in multiple countries provide dual translation to appeal to a growing, more mobile tourist market; native languages now have to share space with an invasive, more commonly understandable alternative. But China is still a world power that conducts much of its business in its variety of native tongues – the sheer size of the country stubbornly resists what may be an inevitable global shift to a single method of communication. Chairman Mao’s simplification of the traditional Chinese characters could be perceived to open the doors to foreign commerce, but was initially implemented to increase literacy and enable The Cultural Revolution to stride forward faster.

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Review: LUV

Review: LUV

Published with thanks to Theatre Bloggers, #LDNTheatreBloggers;

Q&A with thanks to Terri Paddock


This is the second production about love that has premiered in London only this week. Neither production resembles what can be stereotypically considered to be associated with feelings of love, of devotion or of the deepest sense of caring. The first, Love at the Dorfman expertly displays an uglier side, a conscious decision to stay together for better or for worse. The second, Buckland Theatre Company’s second production at the Park Theatre this year, revives Murray Schisgal’s original Tony-winning Broadway production and examines how fickle an emotion love can sometimes be. Director Gary Condes and actor Charles Dorfman honour the original era and setting of LUV, reiterating its message in a theatre scene where traditional absurdist plays are seen less and less often.

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