Review: 3*** East – The Vaudeville Theatre @digitaltheatre @VaudevilleTh #cultureduringquarantine #stevenberkoff

Tweetingit: 3* A smartly scripted verse play from the cultured pen of Stephen Berkoff is a hit and miss affair but still generates a distinctive aura of time and place.

Stephen Berkoff made his name as a villain in numerous film roles where he grappled with James Bond and Rambo among many others. He even mastered Adolph Hitler in TV blockbuster War and Remembrance. However, Berkoff’s spiritual home is the theatre where his skills as a playwright were honed. East was first performed in 1975 and this is the 25th-anniversary production captured live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.

The play is an occasionally witty and frequently explicit portrayal of life in London’s East End. The anatomy of a rowdy working class family is explored in a series of vignettes – love, romance, family and friendship are all recurring themes battling for centre stage. Mike (Christopher Middleton) and Les (Matthew Cullum) are two likely lads competing for the affections of flirtatious Sylv (Tanya Franks). Mum and Dad (Edward Bryant and Jonathan Lindsey) survey the unfolding chaos and reminisce about the good old days.

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Interview: WHIST Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells @Sadlers_Wells @AoiEsteban

On the 19th June I am off to see Whilst at the Lilian Baylis Studio. This production is described as an experience which merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual, exploring the story from one of the 76 different perspectives.WHIST+12+Lo

I work in technology so when I heard AR and VR mixed with immersive theatre and what appears to be a make your own adventure book – I had to find out more.

I interviewed Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi, the founders of AΦE and the creators of the show.

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Interview: Owen Kingston – Writer and Director or King and Country @Thecolabfactory until 10th June @_Parabolic_ @ColabF #ImmersiveTheatre #ForKingAndCountry

It’s December 1940 and a Nazi invasion force has landed on the south coast of England.
For King & Country offers audiences a chance to immerse themselves in this gaming style
experience where decisions taken in the bunker will shape the course of history!
Michael Thomas, Zoe Flint, Peter Dewhurst, Christopher Russenberger and Edward Andrews in For King and Country, courtesy of Owen Kingston_previewReinventing the wheel of immersive theatre, Parabolic Theatre present an escape room-like experience with a high level of interaction where the audience determines the direction and flow of the story.

Before we attend, we got the chance to speak to the Director, Owen Kingston, about what we should expect

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Review: 4**** Fusion Theatre’s Stories from Around the World at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre  @thelondonfusion @TanyaChainey @ThePleasance

There’s always a certain amount of trepidation when one takes a four-year-old to the theatre.  A darkened room filled with strangers is not their usual environment. This means there is always a considerable risk that you will be the parent dragging a fractious, bored, crying pre-schooler across everyone’s eye line to prevent them spoiling the show for those with better-behaved children.  Stories+LogoSo it was with these nagging concerns that my four-year-old daughter and I set out on a beautiful, warm sunny April afternoon to go and see Fusion Theatre’s Stories from Around the World at Islington’s Pleasance Theatre.

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Review: 5**** An Evening of Meat – The Vaults, London @iam_concepts @thevaultsuk

Having launched on 27th March, An Evening of Meat is a unique and provocative dining experience about femininity, vulnerability, strength, stability, sensuality, power, and unbridled wildness which fuses expressive dance and indulgent dining to create and evening like nothing else. American director Kate March’s all-female creative collective use the tables as a stage while the audience eats. 172-L1240794-Edit--650x376The show is designed to shock all of your senses, as evocative music fills your ears, an amazing 6-course meal caresses your taste buds and the audience watch the cast perform their exquisitely sensual, acrobatic dance.

As the audience enters the dining room, they are greeted by 4 scantily clad women ( beautifully designed by Lisa Von Tang) seemingly asleep on the trestle tables. As the music begins, the women begin to perform a mixture of raw improvised dance and interactions with the audience alongside seriously strong and powerful choreographed pieces.

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Review: 4**** The Silhouette in the Smoke – London Museum of Water and Steam – @Immer_City @waterandsteam

#Tweetingit: 4**** ImmerCity wring every drop of suspense from their unusual venue with great performances

Directed and produced by Rosanna Mallinson, ImmerCity’s immersive theatre experience takes place in the industrially foreboding setting of the London Museum of Water and Steam. cake-silhouette-1200x845-optimised.jpgArmed with nothing but torches and coats, groups of six are set loose in the museum to watch arguments, interview suspects and hopefully, with a bit of luck, crack the case of the unfortunate death of a young boy, long ago in a Victorian pumphouse.

The evening begins with an introduction from our host, Jack Daw (played with great enthusiasm by Ben Hale), a paranormal investigator apparently hired by the museum to investigate the unusual noises heard recently around one particular machine. As is standard paranormal procedure, he has recruited the audience members to help him with this, and like the good host he is he starts by providing a Victorian High Tea.

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News: The children of Playhouse Pickings are off on a Magical Interactive Adventure. Stories Around the World at The Pleasance Theatre on 21 and 22 April @thelondonfusion

Calling all explorers! Join us on the voyage of a lifetime to discover fairy tales, myths and legends from around the globe. Fusion Theatre presents their magical, interactive, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling adventure, for all the family! unnamed (1)The only accept the bravest sailors on this mission. Will you join the adventure?

The show has developed a lot over the years and has toured to schools across the UK. This April. Now the successful production of Stories from Around the World returns to the seas at The Pleasance, Islington. The show will be a lot of fun, filled with big characters, hilarious scenarios and a voyage around the world to celebrate different cultures, discover traditional stories and meet new people.

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