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Cleopatra's death by asp is a common myth, largely scientifically disproven. Set in a broadcast recording center, Anguis is an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist. Join us in the studio as we unpack Cleopatra's story, exploring alternatives to the fetishised popular truth. A story exploring our responsibility to seek the truth in a post-truth era. This debut piece from Olivier Award winner Sheila Atim will feature original music. Commissioned by Avalon and BBC Arts.

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The Student Newspaper (3/5 stars) 114 days ago

Sheila Atim’s first foray into playwriting consists of a desert-island-discs-type radio show/podcast, conducted with Cleopatra (Paksie Vernon). Except, in this version, the songs are sung by ‘Cleo’ herself and the interviewer, Dr Kate Williams (Janet Kumah), has a dramatic storyline of her own. Brilliant acting and beautiful songs (also written by Atim) make the show enjoyable, despite the confusing storyline.

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British (3/5 stars) 116 days ago

With two fine central performances, well supported by Peter Losasso as the sound engineer, Anguis confirms Atim as an exciting new voice in theatre.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 118 days ago

IN A PODCAST recording studio in 21st century London, Kate passes the time by interviewing great women of the past. ...

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UK Theatre Network (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

The performances are so strong that I would be happy just for the actors to recite the phone book.

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Exeunt 121 days ago

What mechanisms underpin the transformation of a fictional story, told and retold over the centuries, into historical fact? How, for example, did it come to be that in the vacuum of uncertainty regarding the means by which the pharaoh Cleopatra committed suicide, popular belief supplied an asp as the cause...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Because winning an Olivier award, being cast in the Game of Thrones prequel series, composing incidental music for theatre, dabbling in a modelling career and studying biomedical science weren’t enough, the amazing Sheila Atim has now written a play. Her debut is an odd one. In it, Queen Cleopatra is...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Anguis is a fascinating play. A doctor who specialises in viruses is recording an interview for a podcast: a sort of Desert Island Discs in which the subject is allowed to choose their five favourite songs. The guest is the great pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra. This new script from writer Sheila...

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Musical Theatre Musings (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

The concept of Anguis is a clever and interesting one which left the audience with philosophical questions rather than answers. This thought provoking concept coupled with a talented cast and some haunting melodies make Anguis a show I would thoroughly recommend.

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A Younger Theatre (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

Anguis is a thrilling new play about an intriguing dynamic between two powerful women. On one side we have the royal Cleopatra (played by Paksie Vernon) from 29 BC Egypt, who ruled as a pharaoh for over two decades. On the other, there is Kate Williams (played by Janet Kumah),...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

This new play by the award-winning actress Sheila Atim gives us Cleopatra, as in the pharaoh, being interviewed in a Desert Island Discs type format. Except, of course, there were no records (of that kind) in ancient Egypt and so instead Cleopatra (“Call me Cleo”) sings four songs, about love...

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The List (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Be witness to a thrilling podcast interview with Cleopatra, the great pharaoh...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

A podcast is being recorded in a sound studio. It is one of series where famous scientists are asked to talk about their life and work and to share some of their favourite music. Today’s very special guest is Cleopatra on a brief visit from the Egyptian version of the afterlife....

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 128 days ago

Sheila Atim, the Olivier award-winning actor turned playwright, might have stumbled on a new radio format. It’s like Desert Island Discs but instead of playing records the guests pick up an acoustic guitar and sing their favourite songs. That’s the idea behind Serenade, a fictional broadcast in which virologist Kate...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 130 days ago

A mic crackles in a quiet studio. Two women are recording a podcast, with a helpful sound technician watching from behind the glass. It would be an unremarkable event, if not for the fact that one of the women is long-dead legendary Pharaoh, Cleopatra. Her miraculous appearance from beyond the...

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