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  • Spreepark: an abandoned amusement park in Berlin
    Litro Magazine LitroMagazine New podcast up today on the eerie Spreepark an abandoned amusement park in Berlin from guests maedelswithamic http t co IqqrMxDKEn http twitter com travelingtamm status 317918859686449152 travelingtamm Our maedelswithamic Spreepark podcast is up on LitroMagazine for their mystery themed month Check it out http t co EYPDAcBu0v Berlin http twitter com LitroMagazine status 318751630902325248 Litro Magazine LitroMagazine Guest podcasters Mädels with a Microphone explore curious world of Spreepark an abandoned amusement park in Berlin http t co IqqrMxDKEn Related Posts All That Glitters The Great Gatsby at Wilton s Music Hall Performance Poetry Jodi Ann Bickley LFF The Selfish Giant Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2013/03/spreepark/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Literary Mixtape: Featuring Saul Williams, Caits Meissner, Joshua Kleinberg, Matt Mason, Inua Ellams and Bree Rolfe.
    Bree Rolfe reading Non Verbal Learning Disorder To listen to the podcast use the player below Saul Williams Literary Mixtape is on at the Southbank Centre tonight Thursday 29th November Sound credits Unanswered Questions by Kevin MacLeod incompetech com licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3 0 About Emily Cleaver Emily Cleaver is Litro s Online Editor She is passionate about short stories and writes reads and reviews them Her own stories have been published in the London Lies anthology from Arachne Press Paraxis Cent The Mechanics Institute Review One Eye Grey and Smoke magazines performed to audiences at Liars League Stand Up Tragedy WritLOUD Tales of the Decongested and Spark London and broadcasted on Resonance FM and Pagan Radio As a former manager of one of London s oldest second hand bookshops she also blogs about old and obscure books You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at smallplays com and see more of her writing at emilycleaver net Mail Web More Posts 49 Comments comments Prev Beatrice Gibson The Tiger s Mind Next Feature Film Amour Jamie Wilson Last time i seen Saul was in Glasgow supporting NIN in 2006 What a return i seen him at the SWG3 in Glasgow and wow what a performance sold out 120 capacity venue Was just pure genius what a guy Related Posts To The Grime Born The Arcola Theatre Brings Opera To The Streets Fast Fashion Litro Lab Podcast Food For Thought The Great British Roast Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2012/11/episode-7-saul-william-on-chorus-a-literary-mixtape/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Robert Lloyd Parry on M. R. James' Ghost Stories
    bookshops she also blogs about old and obscure books You can read her tiny true dramas about working in a secondhand bookshop at smallplays com and see more of her writing at emilycleaver net Mail Web More Posts 49 Comments comments Prev Jean Kwok Author of Girl in Translation Next Sarah Waters on the Supernatural and Her Favourite Ghost Story The Monkey s Paw by W W Jacobs Related Posts Short Story The Recovery Position by Stuart Snelson Author Q A with Bruce Sterling The Bloody Litter Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2012/10/robert-lloyd-parry-on-m-r-james/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Reclaiming Woyzeck’s Marie: The Sun Shining On Her Hands at the Bread and Roses Theatre
    Sara Jasmin Page draws out the childish impulsive and passionate side of Marie Anna Rachael McBride appears to bring a more ruminative thoughtful and rational element of Marie to the fore All three actors masterfully convey these sides of Marie through a combination of physical movement speech song and expression making for a highly inventive and unorthodox production The physical movement often feels quite heavy and powerful almost forceful occasionally intentionally jerky and disjointed but equally can flow beautifully in certain moments when the different Maries interweave Working well alongside disjointed jerky movements the speech itself is very fragmentary and repetitious This also reflects the structure of Büchner s Woyzeck as Benn emphasises the very first draft had twenty one scenes varying in length from a single line to four or five hundred words However the great use of pauses and repetition of incomplete phrases e g Something moving Behind Under and the fact that all the action or rather inaction of The Sun Shining On Her Hands takes place in a single room while Marie is waiting for Woyzeck also recalls Beckett Indeed Joski Jethi herself has described the piece as a bit Waiting For Godot esque The futility of Marie s endless waiting for Woyzeck adds a poignant element to the production as the audience along with all three facets of Marie s personality come to the realisation that he will not arrive The Sun Shining On Her Hands offers a very timely feminist interpretation of the character of Marie from Woyzeck while also being an experimental and engaging production in its own right The combination of fragmentary songs and words as well as forceful but sometimes gentle flowing movements contributes to the intentionally disorientating experience of watching the production This is no bad thing in fact the swirling confusion and lack of traditional linear narrative positively recalls the work of Beckett while also reflecting the fact that as John Fuegi so eloquently put it The world Büchner depicts in Woyzeck is one stripped completely bare of traditional notions of heroism morality propriety and decorum Ultimately the bleakness of both Woyzeck and The Sun Shining On Her Hands is most powerfully summarised in a line of Marie s Everything goes to hell anyhow man and woman alike The Sun Shining On Her Hands is at the Bread and Roses Theatre until December 12 Tickets are 12 10 concessions For more information click here About Ana Malinovic Ana graduated from Warwick University with a BA in English and American Literature in 2010 Her dissertation was centred on dystopian elements in the fiction of Kafka She enjoys uncovering innovative works of fiction by a diverse range of authors She also spends much of her time roaming around London s arts and culture scene overexcitedly Check out her blog Mail More Posts 14 Comments comments Prev The Quintessence of Ibsenism Little Eyolf at the Almeida Theatre Next On Culture When Women Write About War Related Posts The Psychology of Tea Aurora

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/12/the-sun-shining-on-her-hands-at-the-bread-and-roses-theatre/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Quintessence of Ibsenism: Little Eyolf at the Almeida Theatre
    playwright played many Ibsenian characters on the London stage including Rita Allmers Robert Frost s Home Burial written twenty years after Little Eyolf and Ian McEwan s The Child in Time The deterioration of marital relations is evident in all of these works and in each we see a striking similarity in the unspeakableness of parental grief There is something you shrink from saying Allmers tells his wife And you too she responds The absence of the child Kate in The Child in Time was a fact they could neither mention or ignore In Home Burial the narrator frustrated with his mourning wife cries God what a woman And it s come to this A man can t speak of his own child that s dead But is this type of comparison reductive If we fix our gaze too firmly on Ibsen s legacy we lose sight of the striking originality of his voice a voice which remains shocking and pertinent today with or without the weight of its influence I m reminded of the gardener s words about yon dangling apricocks in Richard II which like unruly children make their sire Stoop with oppression of their prodigal weight I have admitted that I m happy to draw thematic parallels through the decades to create a kind of literary heritage wherever I can And yet I am mocked for doing so by Ibsen himself The relationships between family members in his plays are constantly uneasy For all their sorrow at his death Eyolf remains a little stranger to his parents In Ibsen s universe what seems unquestionable is always questioned long supposed sisters become would be lovers sons feel like strangers spouses are unfaithful Ibsen teaches us to interrogate family relationships and in doing so we start to find problems in his seemingly indisputable role as father His dramas undoubtedly made way for the theatre of realism we enjoy today but should we admire them only for the work they inspired Ibsen is idiosyncratic who else would have placed the sinister near folkloric character of the Rat Wife in an otherwise realist play And while his depictions of families and of loss share much in common with the narratives that followed the relationship is troubled There is a danger of oversimplification to align the collapse of the Allmers marriage with that of say Albee s Martha and George Tolstoy has never been truer each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way This conclusion is not of course my own Bloom s anxiety of influence coming into play again Bernard Shaw closes his essay on Ibsen by reminding those who may think that I have forgotten to reduce Ibsenism to a formula for them that its quintessence is that there is no formula Ibsen s writing is to borrow his own phrase in Little Eyolf a thing apart The example he shows us in the families in his plays is one we should apply to our analysis of his role

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/12/67249/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Lifeless Dinner Party: Evening at the Talk House at the National Theatre
    Talk House stand amongst the controversial work of Wallace Shawn Indifference is the worst place for theatre to stand and at least this play didn t evoke that But as we stumble through the semi dystopian world of Evening at the Talk House it appears that Shawn misses every opportunity to really make his classic cynical statement The talk becomes a circling argument of the new government law that proposes the opportunity to target and murder those that pose a threat to our society Three characters discuss this with no development to the argument even though amid the uproar of the Paris attacks the subject has never been more opportune Perhaps Shawn was trying to cunningly tackle the blasé and careless attitude many people have when discussing these subjects but there were no questions no answers and a disproportionate amount of time spent on only the possibility of this imperative statement At least there were a few saving graces The cast at least were impressive from the highly strung Jane to Shawn himself as a mysterious delusional figure that foreshadows and haunts the old friends a visual representation of what is to come The set designers The Quay Brothers masterfully created an eerie setting full of nostalgia and years of decadence Their years of experience in film and theatre did bear some fruit the ending specifically gave a light bulb moment that had greater impact than the rest of the play in its entirety The letdown was the play itself and not just in the lack of excitement Current industry talks about the importance of diversity and inclusion are dropped instantly With Rufus Norris being only the second non Cambridge educated artistic director of the National Theatre we expected something extraordinary and distinctive in his reign not a production that appeals to the general white middle class theatre artists The failure of Evening at the Talk House damages the National Theatre s reputation of becoming the nation s theatre again Norris is backtracking Nicholas Hytner created thought provoking impressive productions I don t even remember seeing a single bad one at the National during his time there Whether it was Wallace Shawn or Rufus Norris this production was nowhere near the standard it should have been There was promise in the opening monologue but the plot dispensed with any trace of this The moments of wit and comedy were worthless to those who are less involved in the world of theatre and the direction could not save what was already lost There was no point to any of it Come on Norris you have so much potential You were on the right track with Everyman and you ve got some of the greatest artists in the world here Wallace Shawn s play just doesn t cut it Evening at the Talk House continues at the National Theatre s Dorfman Theatre until March 30 Tickets are available from 15 About Rebecca Gwyther Mainly involved in theatre Rebecca has been writing for

    Original URL path: http://www.litro.co.uk/2015/12/evening-at-the-talk-house-at-the-national-theatre/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Haneke In Croydon: Four Minutes Twelve Seconds at Trafalgar Studios
    drip feeds revelations and brutally tightens narrative screws As the play continues the actions of Di and David become more extreme but thanks to the power of their performances what could easily have seemed silly comes off instead as the convincingly desperate gambits of parents under stress In its tone and subject matter the play resembles not so much other plays as Michael Haneke as in Caché a family is shaken out of its complacency by the revelation of a video But there is crucial difference with the films of the Austrian misanthrope class The protagonists here are not the coddled bourgeoisie they are denizens of West Croydon straddling the boundary between working and lower middle class That the play should not be set in Hampstead or Islington is refreshing the parents do not have the cushion of fortune or influence instead investing in Jack their hopes of betterment There is still a class fault line here Jack is understood to be well spoken whereas the loud impudent Cara is as David calls her very Croydon but this is a very different and much more interesting dynamic than that of a conceited bourgeoisie reaping what they sow Four Minutes Twelve Seconds is the future of the internet play It does not congratulate itself on its subject matter it simply assimilates it into the fabric of its narrative The internet is a fact of life not a novelty as much part of life s warp and woof as cars or electricity Nobody remembers Dutch playwright s Herman Heijerman s 1910 play Boredom Verveling because it was one of the first plays to feature the telephone Fritz recognises that the internet is past the point of being an object of wonder or subject or moralising it is simply a new vehicle for essential human emotions Four Minutes Twelve Seconds is worth ninety minutes of your time Four Minutes Twelve Seconds continues at Trafalgar Studios until December 5 About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev Beasts of No Nation and the Child Soldier On Film Next Food For Thought The Joy of Fermentation Related Posts Litro Live at the Camden Crawl Sunday 2nd May Literary ADHD Joshua Cohen at the London Review Bookshop Top Ten Small Inner London Libraries Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going

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  • Inspired By The Day: The Forgotten Art of Derrick Harris
    his images are the visual equivalent of trumpet blasts especially the pieces depicting a single character Dick Whittington Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme The Drinker These are sharp succinct summations of character He contributed weekly illustrations to the Radio Times and The Listener earning the nickname Radio Times Harris He produced a wide range of commercial work for Shippams Air India Ribena ICI and had a genius for turning the most unpromising remit into something unique Be it a calendar for ICI or an advertisement for Army and Navy Stores his humour and invention shone through He is perhaps the most distinctive illustrator of the period there is no mistaking his particular and sometimes peculiar style He produced the Festival of Britain s sole wood engraving his illustrations graced the covers of Penguin paperbacks Scoop and Decline and Fall are particularly successful he even designed delightful Christmas cards for friends and family many of which feature a cheerful sausage dog But it was book illustration that inspired him to produce what he considered his best work such as the Folio edition of Tom Jones and Euphormio s Satyricon for the Golden Cockerel Press Catalina Botello Maria s daughter and an artist herself is archiving Harris s work It is a daunting but visually thrilling task I had the privilege of visiting the collection The diversity and quality of the work is stunning Images leap off the page There are posters prints handbills pamphlets sketches paintings doodles books He was a versatile artist The gouache paintings for his unpublished children s book Royal Flush seem to glow Harris wrote the story too but this has been lost The common theme in all this work is joy a gutsy robust pungent joy Harris is never twee There is nothing prissy or coy about his art Wenches rascals rogues bawds abound This is not to say his work is unwaveringly jolly There are contemplative pieces such as the Tower of Desolation in Humphry Clinker Folio or the rundown Brideshead Castle Penguin He composed a poignant image for the Radio Times showing a two headed phoenix rising from a burning swastika while the ICI wood engravings largely unpeopled have a pensive feel It is hard not to warm to Harris s work whatever the subject for it is invariably a celebration of life and art The idyll at Hunt Cottage did not last The owner wanted to return The couple despite having lived there for 14 years acquiesced to the demand and within ten days they had moved out It was a major blow Harris according to Maria destroyed a number of works But even at this dark time America offered new possibilities The American Institute of Graphic Art invited Harris to bring an exhibition of the SIA s Illustrators Group to New York The exhibition had previously been on an Arts Council tour of Britain opening at the Folio Society Catalina Botello plays me a rare perhaps unique recording of Harris speaking He is delivering

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