My top picks of 2016 (full reviews in title links)
New company Anything Other’s All of Me was one of my favourite shows from Edinburgh this year, depicting a slow decline in light of a travel consultants gambling addiction. It was punchy, creative, and an inspirational insight into new writing.
Camille was a political force, determined to shed light of the life of a poorly treated woman artist in a fiercely sexist and patriarchal society. Kamila Klamut performance was full of rage and poetry, and the ending gave me goosebumps, replaying in my mind for days after.
Kim Noble’s You Are Not Alone – was terrible and incredible and so sad and incredibly funny, and confusing on so many levels. A tirade of emotion, on the exploration of loneliness, and my god, what a show.
I watched Complicite’s The Encounter under the covers in my room, earphones in, unable to look away from my laptop screen. It was a gripping one man show on an encounter between a photographer an an indigenous tribe in the Amazon. A fantastic insight into the potential of sound design from both a present and remote audience.
Blank was a quieter addition to my list – a contemplative inwards look on the simplicity of suggestion. Filling in the blanks on a script, with a sold out audience, was a very beautiful interpretation on the art of storytelling in a personal way.
Gary Clarke’s Coal (pictured) is a new addition to the list but blew me away during the last few weeks of December. A contemporary dance show on the mining industry in the north – a bulshy, hard hitting, northern celebrating piece of genius. A fantastic way to end the year.
As most people will think in their own self reflective states, it’s year has been a bit of a whirlwind. But more so than usual, this year has been a tirade of awful from both a personal and global perspective, it’s been difficult to process what’s really happening across the world.
One thing still stands though. There has been a tremendous response from the cultural community. I’ve felt an overwhelming sense of – lets cope together. Lets get through the together. Lets give up what we can – our time, our money, our voice, to those who cannot afford to lose any of those things. Theatre has got me through this year – from a casual distraction to political platform.