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CARMEN ON THE LAKE
****
This Cinemalive presentation brought Bizet's
Carmen from an international star-studded
performance on Lake Constance to a suburban
cinema in Richmond. `Live' it would definitely
qualify for a five star ***** rating. As a recording
from a live performance it still justifies four
stars ****. The set itself is nothing short of
spectacular. Designed by British artist Es
Devlin, it is inspired by Carmen throwing
her cards in the air after they have foretold
her imminent death. The story itself is totally OTT in
terms of melodrama. The irresistible gypsy Carmen breaks hearts
and ruins lives in flamboyant style as she follows her destiny. A wonderful feast
for the eyes and the ears.
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Theatre
ALAN WILLIAMS
`THE GIRL WITH TWO VOICES'
*****
This is a truly impressive one-man show in which actor
Alan Williams treads the thin line between comedy and
tragedy for well over one hour, with great grace and
without autocue, prompter or intermission. This is auto
biography in the ancient oral tradition, pre-printing,
pre-video. Written and performed by Alan Williams we
glimpse his ordinary family and his extraordinary fellow
travellers on his return from Canada. He leads us gently
up the Kew Garden path as we follow his search for a
decent Agent and an affordable place to live. We share
his adventures and his insights, characterised an various
voices, by self-deprecating understatement, brief pauses
and ultimately silence. We meet a host of colourful characters along
the way. It is never short of gripping. Like great jazz, it now needs to
be recorded for posterity!