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One of the criticisms increasingly levelled at the solo artistic director model of leadership, which still predominates in British theatre, is that it can lead to tunnel vision, in which programming may be done to some extent by a team but is strongly influenced by the person at the top of the theatre. It’s inevitable, not least because it tends to be that individual who is the face of the organisation and who is held accountable for the success or failure of a season. But what happens to a theatre’s output when four guest artistic directors from widely varying theatre backgrounds curate their own mini-programmes of work? Step up the King’s Head where Tom Ratcliffe, Tania Azevedo, and David Cumming are taking the reins for a short time each. The experiment kicks off with Isabel Adomakoh Young choosing a season of shows that include Unleash the Llama with Five Years with the White Man about the black satirist ABC Merriman-Labor, who wrote the first ethnographic account of the White Man; the drag king piece King Dynasty from the queer Pan-Asian company Bitten Peach; Alice McKee’s Perverts about threesomes and internalised shame; and much, much more.
May 1st, 2018. Dublin. Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor’s fame is at an all time high & in less than four weeks, the Republic of Ireland will host a public vote referendum on abortion rights. The Repeal the Eighth campaign fought for the rights to safe, legal access to abortion in Ireland. During this time, McGregor became a new icon for Irishness, a type of working-class hero – he had immense marketing power & influence. Many found his influence difficult to reconcile - while admirable as an athlete, uncertainty hung over his ethics, behaviour & influence on young men. Violent incidents occurred outside of the ring & McGregor faced charges in relation to assaults & driving offences. Ciara & Julie are long time friends struggling to connect amidst the turbulence of this time. They may be on the same side politically but they can’t seem to agree on the best way through a difficult month. This show is part of Sight Unseen, a season curated by Isabel Adomakoh Young for The Takeover. Age Recommendation: 12+