Fringe Focus: The joy of theatrical box-sets

Written for The Stage

Anyone who has lost a weekend watching an entire box set of Homeland, Breaking Bad or The West Wing knows the dangerously addictive quality the TV episodic structure can have. Radio also plays this game – who hasn’t been left clinging to a cliff hanger desperate for next week’s instalment of The Archers? But what about live art? Excitingly, it appears theatre companies are getting in on the act and serializing theatre. To read more go here.

Exeunt Critics’ Picks of 2011

LOTS of fabulous picks here by some people who really know their stuff including some expected and not so expected pieces. Wish I could have mentioned London Road, wish I could have seen Mission Drift…

Originally published on Exeunt

Of course we are wary of the arbitrary nature of these things, the artificiality of seasons, the ordering of experiences into peaks, the hierarchal maps they reproduce, the dangers of placing Fabulous ones next to Those who have just broken a vase.  However at some point you have to be practical.  Our critics have valiantly seen a metric stage-tonne of theatre this year, so what better to relive with sufficient context their most notable moments? And from here it looks like they have produced a list unrivalled for its scope, depth and surprises.  So without further ado-ing, and in no particular order…

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