Graham Lineham’s The Ladykillers is the hilarious black comedy about a band of criminals who disguise themselves as amateur musicians in order to hire a room in the house of charming Mrs. Wilberforce. What follows is a tongue-in-cheek account of their heist, discovery, and subsequent fall at the hands of their elderly landlady and a … More Review: The Ladykillers
I’ve no doubt all of us have at one time or another (most likely over a decade ago) banged pots and pans with wooden spoons, much to the disdain of our parents who gritted their teeth and remarked on how skilled a musician you were. Most of us then grew up, realised that’s not the … More Review: STOMP
After seven years, 5 million visitors, over 90 awards, and breaking Broadway, ‘Wicked’ is still going strong at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. It tells the tale of two unlikely friends – Glinda and Elphaba – who meet as sorcery students, but whose paths change after encountering the infamous Wizard of Oz. This is the untold … More Review: Wicked – A Musical Sensation
Back in 2011, Brian Logan wrote in the Guardian about a couple who appeared to be on a mission to hit every West End theatre… and have sex in the stalls. Actors Alex Kingston and Rob Lowe had reported seeing the couple from the stage, “getting [their] kicks in the front row”. Quite why the … More The Thrill of the Stage
It’s half-past eleven at night and I’m sat on the tube heading into London. I’m not dressed in heels and a skirt – in fact, I’m wearing the comfiest clothes I own, and my large handbag is filled with water, chewing gum, comfy socks, and flapjacks. I’m on my way to the Barbican for a … More Review: Quizoola!
I’m not a dancer. I know little about the technicality of dance and what can be deemed ‘good’ or ‘bad. I can, however, express my appreciation for a show, the form of people moving across a stage, and the impression I’m left with upon leaving the theatre. The Moscow City Ballet have just left Guildford … More Review: Swan Lake
Talent 2013 is the latest production by the innovative dance group, BalletBoyz. Even calling them a ‘dance group’ doesn’t do justice to the things these men do; it is not just ballet or contemporary but the most incredible expression of passion and strength. Following on from my recent interview with dancer Ed Pearce, I was … More Review: BalletBoyz