Arnold Wesker’s Roots depicts the return of Beatrice ‘Beatie’ Bryant to her family home in Norfolk, following several years of her chasing her man Ronnie around London. To her dismay, the family has remained largely as it was left – stuck in its country ways, still concerned solely by the weather and the bus timings. … More Review: Roots
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!
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