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My Human Zoo Diatribe


Now that the furore is dying down, I thought I’d say my piece on the maelstrom that was Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B, re-dubbed Human Zoo by those of us who opposed it, to reflect the dubious history of the ‘artform.’ 1,085 more words


Robert Howarth conducts Poppea

Conductor Robert Howarth will replace Richard Egarr for the Academy of Ancient Music’s production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at The Barbican, London on October 4. Directing Alexander Oliver’s semi-Staging, Howarth will be joined by a stellar cast including Lynne Dawson (Poppea), Sarah Connolly (Nerone), Marina de Liso (Ottavia), Iestyn Davies (Ottone) and Matthew Rose (Seneca).[More ...]


The Human Zoo (compact version)

Here is a shorter version of a longer blog piece: Catherine Bennett (“What price artistic freedom when the bullies turn up?”) writes that “I struggle to see the essential difference between Jasper’s determination to deny sight of Exhibit B to London audiences and the remarks by Lord Griffith-Jones in the… 2,325 more words



In the aftermath of the Barbican’s Human Zoo Fiasco, we who opposed this atrocity are receiving a lot of backlash from ‘the liberals’. These are people, mostly white and privileged, who claim quite blindly that freedom of speech and the freedom of artistic impression are the most important things to preserve no matter what and in every situation. 565 more words

Social Commentary

Knocking down the Berlin (fourth) Wall

An Enemy of the People – Schaubühne Berlin @ Barbican (24 – 28 September 2014)

They don’t make many like they make Thomas Ostermeier. That he is not on the tip of the tongue of British theatre-goers says more about the appallingly low number of productions that make it across the channel and the limited tours when if the even get here. 402 more words

Theatre Review

The Human Zoo and the 'Censorship' Debate

Today’s comment piece in The Observer by Catherine Bennett (“What price artistic freedom when the bullies turn up?”) was the latest piece of hand-wringing despair in our media at the success of the campaign to pressure the Barbican to withdraw (some say ‘censor’) ‘Exhibit B’. 3,648 more words