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Speak Frog
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Pericles, Prince of Tyr

Cheek by Jowl is a multilingual theatre company with a truly international reach and three companies of actors  (UK, France and Russia). I first discovered them in France in 2004. The play was Othello, the place : the Theatre de l’Odéon at their ‘ateliers…
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Franco – British theatre company Théâtre Volière is coming back to London with Marchland : a season of performances from the edges and in-between places of Europe. Based in Alsace, Théâtre Volière have always been fascinated by the turbulent history of…
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Suzy Storck @ the Gate Theatre

Suzy Storck, by French playwright Magali Mougel, directed by Jean-Pierre Baro, recently opened at the Gate Theatre. The play plunges us into the title characte’s life. Literally. Watch your step as you make your way through the toy-littered floor of…
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Cycling in the city, I came across the beautiful Cutler’s Hall in Warwick Lane : a sign of London’s Norman past. The Worshipful Company of Cutlers, aka the guild of knife-makers, was granted royal charter in 1416 and guided by the motto ‘Pour Parvenir a…
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Blog post about '120 BPM'

120 Battements Par Minute is the film of the ‘rentrée’. After winning the ‘Grand Prix’ at Cannes 2017, it came out on French screens a few weeks ago and has been winning audiences’ hearts since. It will be shown at the London Film Festival   on October…
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MC Solaar is alive

The most famous French rapper, MC Solaar, is known for his elaborate lyrics, built on rhymes, poetry and literary references. We hadn’t heard from him in 10 years, so his new album ‘Géopoétique’ (already a Solaarian word play in the title) coming out this…
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Francophile theatre-goers are in for a treat this spring. The Arcola Theatre in Dalston is bringing to life one of the most famous French novels of all times: La Peste by Albert Camus, adapted and staged by multi-award-winning director by Neil Bartlett.…
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The French are so passionate about their language that they have made up a word  to describe the act of speaking it: ‘francophonie‘. Made up of the word ‘Franc’ (the ancient tribe that gave its name to modern France) and the greek ‘phono’  (meaning…
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Florian Zeller is French theatre’s enfant chéri and he is taking the UK and the world by storm. Following the success of his play The Father (Le Père) the most acclaimed new play of the past decade (2014 Molière Award for Best Play, Olivier nomination and…
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Haim – In The Light Of A Violin

Last night, I was lucky to see Haim – In The Light Of A Violin (or Haim – A La Lumiere d’un Violon, as it is known in French). The true story of violinist prodigy and Holocaust survivor Haïm Lipsky is written and directed with great sensibility by Gérald…
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