To Be Straight With You

  • Genre: Drama
    Opened 29 Oct 2008
    Written: by DV8 Physical Theatre, conceived by Lloyd Newson
    Directed: Lloyd Newson
    Synopsis: 'A poetic but unflinching exploration of tolerance, intolerance, religion and sexuality. It incorporates dance, text, documentary, film and animated projections to create a unique piece of theatre.'

    What the popular press had to say.....
    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Seductive music, murderous reggae songs and sinister dance sequences form an ironic accompaniment to this gruelling, powerfully acted horror- show." LIZ ARRATOON for THE STAGE says, "Stark and compelling theatre." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The choreographer Lloyd Newson’s company, which is renowned for dance and “physical theatre”, turns not merely to words in order to express its outrage at homophobia but to no fewer than 85 verbatim interviews with gay, straight and not-so-sure people in streets, living rooms, everywhere. That’s its strength and that’s its problem." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Though best known for shows based on physical movement, DV8 here combines choreography with striking verbatim theatre as it explores the vexed relationship between homosexuality, religion, and cultural tradition...An enthralling, eye-opening show." Ian Shuttleworth for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "Stirring, potent 80-minute piece...Beky Stoddart’s lighting design is often breathtakingly clever, as bodies interact with projections, but also often simply too dim." JENNY GILBERT for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Technically, the show is wonderfully slick, and full of visual surprises. It has flaws: some of the speech is indistinct."

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Independent
    The Times
    Daily Telegraph
    Financial Time

    Production Photo by Hugo Glendinning

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