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My time with Ninagawa

| by Thelma Holt

Yukio Ninagawa, the great Japanese theatre director, passed away in 2016. As the Barbican prepares to bring his seminal Macbeth to London in 2017, Thelma Holt, who worked with him for 30 years, celebrates his visual imagination and his talent for mixing theatre traditions from East and West

In pictures: Gecko creates a dream world in Shanghai

Visit our photo gallery as we go behind the scenes of The Dreamer, Gecko and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s first collaboration, inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu

“Writing can change the world”

| by Jo Clifford

Jo Clifford, the UK’s most well-known trans playwright, visited Brazil with her moving, controversial show about Jesus, love and transphobia. As a Brazilian production of her play launches at Outburst 2016, she blogs about facing her fears and bonding with another country

How Outburst festival is building a home for queer arts in Belfast and beyond

| by Dr. Monica B. Pearl

Outburst has grown from a small grassroots event into an acclaimed international festival. Monica B. Pearl explores how its links with the Americas are challenging prejudice and developing artists – with this year’s programme including digital commissions and new work from Brazil and the Caribbean

Podcast: Putting marginalised cultures centre stage

From Armenia to Belfast to Africa. We speak to a director from Armenia and artists from Candoco Dance Company and Kabosh Theatre Company about their experiences placing trauma and marginalised voices at the heart of their work

Video: The making of A Different Romeo and Juliet

Graeae’s Jenny Sealey spent two years working with a group of young disabled Bangladeshis. Follow the young peoples’ journey as they prepare to perform on stage for the first time

"We can't only look inwards"

| by Eleanor Turney

Richard Twyman, International Associate at the Royal Court, on directing the Court’s first full-length Palestinian play, Fireworks by Dalia Taha

Talking Souls in South Africa

| by Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden visited Cape Town, South Africa, for a project called Talking Souls, a collaborative dance/live art/digital projection/music and singing performance which was commissioned by British Council, Cape Town. The commission formed part of the British Council’s annual contribution to the Women/Humanity Arts Festival organised by Artscape, Cape Town.

Letters from Lagos

| by Mark Ball

What are young theatremakers up to in Nigeria? Mark Ball, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at LIFT, visited the first ever Lagos Theatre Festival to find out.

Telling tall tales

| by Hannah Barker and Lewis Hetherington

In difficult financial times, are there new ways to approach international collaboration? And do we have a right to tell stories from different cultures? Analogue Theatre Company’s trip to India had a fundamental impact on the show they want to create.


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