Katie Arnstein’s show Sexy Lamp tears down the acting industry, its gendered prejudices, its inclination to dispose of women and to objectify them, all in the space of an hour. She is eloquent, gentle, and the show packs a long-lasting impact.
So many of us are guilty of idolising women without investing in their stories. Frida Kahlo’s memory is probably one of the most exploited in the art world. She’s on rucksacks; she’s on pencil cases; she’s perpetually immortalised on cotton tote bags. But how many of us have genuinely spent time learning about her? Maybe that’s too cynical, but the phrase ‘I love Frida Kahlo!’ has fallen out of my mouth on so many occasions when, actually, what do I know? Probably not enough.
Just These Please are a sketch troupe made up of Georgie Jones, William Sebag-Montefiore, Philippa Carson and Tom Dickson. Their show is called Suitable, which I assume is because when they are on stage they wear suits. Or maybe they are suited because the show is called Suitable. CHICKEN AND EGG SITUATION.
A piece called Naked is sure to bring a memorable experience. Dancer duo Luke Vincent and Paige-Marie Baker-Carroll’s piece does not disappoint. Theirs is a performance that mixes dance, cabaret, theatre, music, and unconventional movement with the aim of putting unapologetic, raw self-expression in the spotlight in a way that lingers long after the lights fade.