The Immigrant; Guest Review

It goes without saying that confidence in the British political system is probably at an all-time low, so this play, exploring what life would be like if Africa was the most powerful continent in the world, could not have been performed at a more suitable time. This performance marked the finale of Africa Writes, a…

Blue Oranges and Room Full of Feud

“Oh my God, this is the set!” “Eurgh, it stinks of bleach.” “Look at the whiteboard, this must be where they do the psychiatric meetings.” Walking beneath the Young Vic stage, through the consultancy room, there were oranges all over the floor, the ash tray was full of cigarettes and the whiteboard was covered in…

Les Blancs ‘The Whites’ @ The National

Back in the Olivier theatre where I saw my first play at the National , I was delighted to see the magnificent revolving stage on entry. It gets me every time. The smell, the smoke and the darkened atmosphere set the tone for what I already knew was going to be a touching performance. Yaël Farber,…

Our Spontaneous Saturday with Shakespeare

“Yes please!” Kirsty and I said simultaneously with huge grins plastered across our faces. Sat on London South Bank for some lunch, we were approached by 2 tourists who won 4 tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and had a pair to give away. We couldn’t believe our luck, it was only a few days ago that we…

Not the best ‘Flick’ @ The National

Matthew Maher and Jaygann Ayeh in ‘The Flick’. Photo by Mark Douet ‘The Flick’ was a sell-out and my expectations were high. I did a bit of research and was excited for humour, heartbreak and a few home truths explored through the lives of three underpaid employees at a run-down cinema screen in Massachusetts. It was…

Living With The Lights On @ Young Vic

Mark Lockyer takes us through the ups and downs of an actor’s life. Both professional and personal, he has got a lot going on. Until one marvellous day he meets Beets – A life advisor? An agony aunt? A shoulder to lean on ? Call him as you like, Beets makes life better for Mark. It’s only…

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank @ Shakespeare’s Globe

‘Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’ is an excellent project to encourage the teaching of English in the National Curriculum. I attended for the second year running, and this year’s performance of Twelfth Night definitely met its purpose. The modern spin of this 17th Century comedy allowed a young audience to enjoy and relate to this remarkable performance. We were…

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

An improvised theatrical performance with only 8 cast members, 2 musicians, simple props and a white board with a few scribbles on – this outstanding performance has made me want to go again. The interaction was great as the audience gave the cast suggestions setting the plot of the play using audience cheers and woos as…

The Return @ The Barbican

28/01/2016 This extravagant production to celebrate London International Mime Festival reveals the amazing complexities of movement, flexibility and strength of the human body. A performance full of passion and perseverance; Circa’s acrobats had me gripped throughout. Accompanied by operatic music, I felt positively on edge as the performers pushed and used their bodies to create an…