Learning a language abroad

There’s no better way to learn a language than from the locals themselves. As someone who has lived in two different countries to improve their languages skills, I’ve found different locals tend to have different approaches to your efforts to learn, maintain and improve a foreign language. Here’s a few of the personalities I’ve come across:…

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…

“Alisa, how do you afford all these theatre tickets!?”

Because I’m absolutely loaded and can do what I want when I want – not! Truth is, I’m a frugal theatre fanatic and having always kept an eye open for cheap tickets, I came across this beauty last summer; Friday Rush, and I have made use of it ever since. Every Friday at 1pm, the National…

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…

The Suicide (a comedy) @ The National Theatre

Photo by John Persson, The Suicide Company “Jump, pussy!” Yes, I was shocked too when Shanice shouted this at Sam as he stood on the rooftop ready to take his life. Just as shocked that a play called The Suicide is one of the funniest comedies I have seen in a while. Back at my favourite…