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THEATRE>MADDERMARKET>MEASURE FOR MEASlliRE
wrote Measure years ago, this remarkable performance certainly proved its timelessness when it was performed at MaddermarketTheatre. The play uses ideas
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of power, pride and religion t'o question whether justice is ever achievable in a world in which "we are all frail". Each character bears some form of human imperfection, which was translated
on stage into a humorous and equally chilling performance. The casting was faultless, their pronunciation meticulous, and not once did they fall out of character. Angelo, the strict Puritan who legi_slates against sex despite his own sexual promiscuity, was performed with icy perfection . The Duke was performed equally well, with an honest display of both pride and sincere regret . Yet the star of the show was most definitely the cheeky vagabond Lucio, who provided a welcome comic relief from the dark, serious mood . On the page, Lucio is an unrepentant character whom we cannot help but feel some disdain towards . On stage, however, Noel Jones brings Lucio to life. With a perfect mastery of comic timing, pelvic thrusting and cheeky expressions, we soon learn to love this naughty vagabond. The stage was modest but well utilised as it was transforr(led from a bleak dark room to a thriving brothel, to a vandalised street with ease. The most prominent colours of red and white reflected the dark and light aspects of all characters, who, in turn, were transferable to all humanity. In 路 a sense,
we are all painted with passionate red and white righteousnes~, not one of us perfect, which is perhaps why these characters are m still so easily related to. (!) This human f railty, performed to Z perfection by each actor, is what makes r this performance s(l memorably poignant. m With a soundtrack that includes the rock ....J
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hit 'Paradise City', and a cast packed with pimps and prostitutes, this performance may not be what you would usually expect of a Shakespeare play, but it is definitely ::;r not one to miss. Sula Deane
The current production of Measure for Measure continues nightly at Maddermarket Theatre until Saturday u 27th November, when there is also a matinee performance.
ART>NUCA>No WoRKING TITLE On November gth, Concrete had the pleasure of viewing a Tate-Modernorganised exhibition featuring work by Fine Art students at the Norwich University College of the Arts. The exhibition, which has been curated by the students involved, shows work created in collaboration with fellow students from Bath and Winchester on Tate Modern's No Working Title project earlier this year. No Working Title is a project managed by the Tate Learning team which encourages students to team up using rules, systems and strategies conceived by conceptual artists whose works are on display in Tate Modern, including Yoko Ono and Douglas Huebler. The students were paired off with others from the Bath School of Art and Design or the Winchester School of Art and asked to devise a set of instructions, based on their own practice, by which their partner would make a piece of work . The project culminated in an earlier event at Tate Modern in March where each student revealed their work and engaged in a day of critical debate alongside academic staff and the Tate Learning Team . The student's instructions were extremely thought provoking and many
revolved around asking the other to 'think outside the box' and to view their surroundings as they would not normally have done. Artists pushed the boundaries with regards to gender and expression of sexuality as seen in 'Dolly with a Dick', by Emma Clark, about a troubled drag queen . Some pieces. invited the viewer to question art itself. Does it have to be purely functional or is it meant to be impractical and hard to understand? An example of this was seen in one work of art which consisted of three seemingly 'random' photo frames placed on a pedestal, with no real explanation of why they were there . The event comprised a two level space at the University campus, where students' work was placed on walls and pedestals alongside a typed up copy of their instructions from their partner. The artists were available to talk about their pieces an_d many seemed enthusiastic about the results of the project. "We are all very excited to be involved in No Working Title, discussing subjects surrounding ownership, authorship and the presence of instructions in art making," said Fine Art student Peter May. "Overall, working in collaboration with Tate Learning has provided us with a fantastic opportunity." Victoria Highfield
Following its showing on the NUCA campus the touring exhibition will travel to the Bath School of Art and Design and Winchester School ofArt over the next two months.