Contemporary theatre alert

If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m not a fan of the edgy. But that’s not to mean I don’t appreciate every theatre maker, performer and audience member who work together to make live theatre happen.

This is no different when it comes to York Theatre Royal Studio upcoming performances of Hueco, a contemporary dance solo performance by Poliana Lima, and Who Wants To Live Forever? a Billie Holiday inspired show about jazz fantasy about loss, love and hope. My fear is both shows will be far too ‘deep’ to make much artistic sense of, but it’s great to see a new and different programme of theatre spring up.

My needs are simple: give me a decent plot, solid characters with development and believability and you’ll have me in the palm of your hands. Give me strange dance routines and incongruent multi-roling and I’m all turned off. Yes, some would say I just don’t understand and I’m not cool and quirky enough to get with the times. I hold my hands up – I just don’t get it.

That’s not to say the two shows above will be of this ilk by any stretch – I’m sure they’re exceptional productions with a lot to offer, for the right audience. I know many friends who would love the chance to go along and watch something different, meaningful and impactful. And all fair play to everyone involved for making that happen.

If you like this kind of thing, head along to York Theatre Royal Studio on 24th and 25th May. Which show do you like the sound of?

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