Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Life and Death

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Life and Death

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PICK OF THE NIGHT Shoreditch Madonna POP Clor Looking for love rather than art proves the main attraction in Rebecca Lenkiewicz's passionate satire upon desire and death in druggy Shoreditch and dingy Streatham.

Miss Lenkiewicz, drenched in hyperbole for her Night Season at the National last year, now comes up with a far more individual and promising play in this withering take upon arty mores and manners. In 30 scenes, Shoreditch Madonna commutes between a funky art space and a tiny bedsit.

Devlin, Leigh Lawson's trampish, posturing has-been of an Irish artist (above, left with Francesca Annis's Martha) bridges the two locations. Thanks to Devlin's links with filmmaker Christina, who's mourning her opiumaddicted lover, six lost souls are caught in a messy criss-cross of romancing and hankering that goes back years.

The play's fascination lies in seeing how the sextet are drawn together.

Foulmouthed Devlin arrives in the Shoreditch art space to conduct a weekend forum.

Who should appear soon after, but his past in the sexily-cut shape of Miss Annis's Martha.

I have never seen her put on such a beautiful or truthful show. She works to riveting effect as a wistful, fortysomething hippy and bohemian, with a taste for young men and a heart full of regrets. Only the reunion of Martha and Devlin, after old secrets are revealed, strikes a final, false note of sentimentality in this rich comedy of crazy Eros.

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Richard Godwin 020 7437 0964 Based on Choderlos de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, this new dance-drama is not so much a "ballet of the book" as a "gritty drama told in dance". So says onetime Royal Ballet dancer, Adam Cooper, who has choreographed the evening-length piece, which features designs from Lez Brotherston. Cooper also stars as the lascivious Vicomte de Valmont, his wife Sarah Wildor is the guiltracked Madame de Tourvel, and Sarah Barron is the scheming Marquise de Merteuil. The new music is by Philip Feeney, wellknown for his ballet scores for Northern Ballet Theatre.

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