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An absorbing but inconclusive look at life as a modern Iranian : English, RSC, The Other Place, Stratford upon Avon

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 14:40:17 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 14:40:17

This is a serious-minded mission statement for The Other Place, but the RSC will need tauter writing to fully establish this third venue Richard Davenport In a welcome move by the RSC’s new artistic directors (Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey), The Other Place – which first opened 50 years ago – is again becoming a more visible third venue at Stratford

This is a serious-minded mission statement for The Other Place, but the RSC will need tauter writing to fully establish this third venue

: Richard Davenport

In a welcome move by the RSC’s new artistic directors (Daniel Evans and Tamara Harvey), The Other Place – which first opened 50 years ago – is again becoming a more visible third venue at Stratford. This studio space offers an opportunity for kicking down doors, in terms of talent, and shaking things up, in terms of programming. Next month sees a visiting King Lear, presented by Ukrainian company Uzhhorod, and there’ll be a new political play (The New Real) from David Edgar in the autumn.

The opening gambit has a weighty title – English – and credentials: it won Iranian-American playwright Sanaz Toossi the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last year, placing her in a line that includes O’Neill, Miller and Williams. Set mainly over six weeks in a class for adult students readying for a Toefi (Test of English as a Foreign Language) in Karaj, near Tehran, it has curiosity value but doesn’t cause major shockwaves.

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