More London Free Festival: Theatre

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Mark Ravenhill’s new translation of Brecht’s tale of a Russian mother’s journey from political apathy to activism feels leaden and dated. Its point about workers’ rights has the wearisome relentlessness of a manifesto and the bombast of a rock opera. This bludgeoning tone isn’t softened by the glaringly symbolic cogs that litter the stage or the anti-Bolshevik orthodox farmers bizarrely presented as preening Welsh queens.

Nevertheless, the cast – which crosses productions – is uniformly strong. Eugene Washington is an aloof but endearing Fogg while Nicky Goldie is versatile as gossipy missionary Miss Fotherington and indomitable revolutionary mother Pelegea Vlassova.


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Thanks to time out I could plan our 5 day trip to London perfectly. The free Scoop Theatre is fantastic! The performance of Around the World... was fabulous!!

went to see around the world in 80 days on sunday.. and i was hooked ... very entertaining and enjoyed the cast and crowed comunication.. will be going again..fiona