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A scene from The Suicide showing the whole cast dancing. They are all wearing masks of the main character, Sam.A scene from The Suicide showing the whole cast dancing. They are all wearing masks of the main character, Sam.

National Theatre presents ‘The Suicide’

National Theatre gives Nikolai Erdman’s classic Soviet-era satire, The Suicide a modern, urban reboot. It plays the Lyttleton Theatre 13 April – 25 June. Review by Simon Jenner. There’s more than a good moral case to be made for adapting Nikolai Erdman’s classic 1928 Soviet satire to contemporary Britain, and a ...

Actor Alan Cox dresses in a smart suit, looking askance as James Russell approaches from behind

Cabinet of Cynics and Stepping Out Theatre present ‘The Divided Laing, or The Two Ronnies’

London, 1970. With his personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, R.D. Laing takes an acid trip to the future. Simon Jenner reviews Patrick Marmion’s comedy of errors about the life and times of the infamous experimental psychiatrist. "Ronnie wasn’t an alcoholic, Ronnie was ...

Together! Not So Private View: Colin Hambrook and Bruchina Arts

Simon Jenner reviews the opening of a Together! exhibition in Canning Town on 22 October - a welcoming place and a fine bright gallery space, currently exhibiting Colin Hambrook and Bruchina Arts' artwork until 15 November at The Hub. Hambrook’s work was both on display and integrated into a talk, projected ...

photo of poet Vince Laws with a motorbike helmet above his head, with an image of the object, painted with words, projected behind him

World Mental Health Poetry: Outside-In/ DAO at Pallant House Gallery

To celebrate National Poetry Day and National Poetry Dayon 8th October Outside In presented an evening of readings and performances at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester in association with Disability Arts Online. Simon Jenner reports. Outside-In at Pallant House, Chichester is emerging as a happily embedded institution, in a brightly-welcoming gallery environment. ...

Black and white portrait photograph of composer Ivor Gurney.

Composers, Trauma and The First World War: the sprouted poppy-rooted veins of British pastoral music

As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of the 1914 war, DAO commissioned Dr Simon Jenner to write an appreciation of lives of British composers, disabled by The First World War. First World War poets are remembered in their own words, in collections, in themed though often ...