Archive review: 5***** Finding Joy @vamostheatre @marlowetheatre

Originally posted on Review Hub  http://www.thereviewshub.com/finding-joy-marlowe-theatre-canterbury/ in 2014

With Vamos theatre coming back to the Marlowe on the 4th of October, I thought it was time to reshare my review of Finding Joy. This is an amazing play and worth every tear!

A fully masked play with no dialogue about dementia? Well, that sounds like a finding joyharrowing night out – but I promise, this is a play which is more than worth the tears.

If you ever ranked types of theatre with mime firmly at the bottom, Finding Joy will change your mind completely. I was certainly one of those people who would never have considered going to see a mime/mask performance but in the last few months, I have seen two fabulous productions, including this one, and I won’t look back.

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Archive Reviews: 3*** A Hard Rain @abovethestag

Above the Stag is one of my favourite off westend theatres! Get to http://www.abovethestag.com/whatson/ to see what’s on and coming up; I cannot recommend their “adult” pantos enough!

First published at http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2014/03/a-hard-rain-above-the-stag-theatre-review.html

10th March 2014

Pros: A really nice change to see something slightly more serious coming from Above the Stag, and this show covers issues which are important to the gay rights movement.

Cons: Occasionally, some of the acting felt a little hammy and, considering the subject matter, the play wasn’t quite hard hitting enough. A-Hard-Rain-Review-Above-the-Stag2-620x330.jpg

A Hard Rain is the most recent, and slightly-more-serious-than-usual, play at Above the Stag. Writen by Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper, the play is set in 1960’s America on the eve of the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots were spontaneous and violent demonstrations by members of the gay community and are often seen as one of the most important events in the gay liberation movement. They are an important and provocative subject to tackle. Continue reading “Archive Reviews: 3*** A Hard Rain @abovethestag”

Archive Review: Tell me on a Sunday 3*** @martiwconcert

Marti Web is in concert now! For more details see http://www.royalhippodrome.com/shows/details/2/503.html

First published on http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2014/02/tell-me-on-a-sunday-the-duchess-theatre-review.html

March 2014

Pros: You cannot go wrong with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beautiful music, performed by a brilliant band and a stage icon such as Marti Webb. index

Cons: Marti Webb doesn’t quite have the presence and range that she once did and therefore there are occasions on which the singing sounds a tad strained and uncomfortable. 

Summary:

Webb is not as dynamic or strong as she once was but if you want to quench your thirst for nostalgia, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

You might want to pick your favourite place, such as a park covered in trees or a circus ring with a flying trapeze, and wait until Sunday for me to tell you this: Tell Me on a Sunday with Marti Webb, could have been better.

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Archive Reviews:5***** The Pearl @battersea_arts @DumbshowTheatre

An unmissable show – would recommend going to look at http://www.dumbshow.org/ to see what this fabulous company have coming up now

First published at http://everything-theatre.co.uk/2014/11/the-pearl-battersea-arts-centre-review.html

26 November 2014

Summary: An incredible script moved effortlessly to the estate to create a charming and picturesque piece of drama that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Pros: A practically perfect production, with fantastic acting and a clever set touching on a number of serious themes without being too heavy going. The-Pearl-Review-Battersea-Arts-Centre.jpg

Cons: It is rare to struggle to find a con…the theatre is almost too small for this production, not because they need more space to perform but because it deserves a bigger audience

Adapted from John Steinbeck’s novella of the same name The Pearl, created and performed by Dumbshow Theatre, is a beautifully crafted and effortlessly performed play touching on a number of themes including love, loss, greed and social immobility.

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Archive reviews: Wyrd – Immercity – Secret Location @Immer_City

I started reviewing some time ago and I thought perhaps I should post some of my old reviews so they are all in one place. These will be coming up over the next week or so…

This one was my first experience of immersive theatre and the one which started my obsession with it. I havent seen Immercity’s productions for a while but they are definitely worth going to see!

First published at – http://the-void.co.uk/theatre/wyrd-487/

6 May 2013

Immersive theatre is an extremely popular style of performance at the moment and is it any wonder? 

Everything we do is interactive; we can press our buzzers while watching Britain’s Got Talent, wyrdcall in to vote for the next popstar, even text our opinions during the political debates running up to the General Election; so why not theatre too? Many companies now ask the audience to get involved and Immercity do this brilliantly. It has had great success with a number of productions and its most recent piece, Wyrd – which is part devised, part improvised using social media – is no exception.

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