Kasia Derkacz

Absurd, destructive and complex: The Cherry Orchard review

Rating:  Anton Chekhov’s absurdist comedy The Cherry Orchard is given a modern twist in the Loft Theatre’s adaptation directed by William Wilkinson. The widely-regarded tale of the fall of the Russian aristocracy in the face of Alexander II’s emancipation of the serfs follows Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya’s (Mary MacDonald) return to...
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Posted Sep. 29, 2017

TV Dinners: How healthy is How To Lose Weight Well?

We all have our guilty pleasures, and mine just happens to be playing trivial TV shows as white noise while I study. This is how, midway through my Channel 4 food show binge, I came across How to Lose Weight Well, a programme which through its name creates an illusion...
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Posted Apr. 9, 2017

Agnes Obel: “mystical, eerie enchantment”

The ancient walls of Birmingham Town Hall encompass the gathering audience as we sit cross-legged in anticipation, shadowy figures slowly taking their place to witness the spectacle. I say us, because after the paradoxically nihilist, yet hopeful support set by L.A Salami, the audience’s mood changes. No longer atomised, we...
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Posted Dec. 10, 2016

Review: love, laughter and letters in Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a theatrical adaptation of an infamous novel must offer something new. Or at least that’s what I thought before entering Simon Reade’s remaking of Pride and Prejudice. With many adaptations – from the BBC Television serialisation, to the Hollywood blockbuster franchise Bridget Jones...
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Posted Nov. 10, 2016