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Chahine Yavroyan obituary

Chahine Yavroyan – Lighting Designer, musician, performer, artist
Born February 171950; died September 3 2018
Chahine Yavroyan, who has died aged 68 following a short battle with cancer, helped revolutionise what a lighting designer could achieve onstage, both for text-based work and the more playful abstractions that the dance world opened up. Beyond a stream of collaborations with world class artists as a lighting designer, Yavroyan was a polymath and renaissance man. As a musician, sound designer and performer with People Show, the pioneering live art troupe he joined at the end of the 1970s, he was an artist in every way.
As everyone who ever came into contact with Yavroyan observed, he was the epitome of cool. This wasn’t just about his immaculate approach to dress, which saw him perennially clad in a white shirt and waistcoat combination alongside an array of hats that was the everyday attire of the Egyptian men about town Yavroyan grew up beside in Cairo. It was as much to do wi…

Twelfth Night

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Four stars
It looks like the cast of Hair have fallen in with a bad crowd and ended up gate-crashing an acid-fuelled orgy in a crumbling Ladbroke Grove pile circa 1969 at the start of Wils Wilson’s hippy-dippy take on what is arguably Shakespeare’s most gender-bending rom-com. Serenaded back to life by a passing rock star played by composer Meilyr Jones, the high-as-kites in-crowd discover a dressing-up box and a dog-eared copy of the bard’s yarn to entertain themselves lest they’re dragged back into the real world.
Such is the audacious backdrop for Wilson’s tripped-out gender-fluid production, which runs riot on designer Ana Ines Jabares-Pita’s psychedelic play-pen of sexual revolution, soundtracked by Jones’ mix of Carnaby Street baroque and hippy trail exotica. Joanne Thomson’s Sebastian and Jade Ogugua’s Viola are anything but washed up as they fall in with assorted movers and shakers led by Colette Dalal Tchantcho’s flamboyant Orsino. Christopher Gre…

Lu Kemp – Perth Theatre's 2018-2019 season

When Lu Kemp announced her inaugural season as artistic director of a re-developed and re-energised Perth Theatre last year, she declared on these pages a long-term goal of creating an ambitious programme that reached right across the Perthshire region. Kemp also expressed the aim of developing the theatre as a community space that belonged to everybody.
As she reveals her second season in full in the Herald today, that continues to be the aim, with a programme of old and new work housed in the theatre and the purpose-built Joan Knight Studio. The latter is named in honour of Perth Theatre’s former artistic director and legendary doyen of its past glories. The season will also take in a rural tour that follows on from last year’s initiative, as well as a visiting line-up of shows both for adults and young people of various ages.
Critically, last season can be deemed a success. Kemp’s productions of Shakespeare’s Richard III and a fine revival of David Harrower’s contemporary classic, K…