Lasting Impressions: Parallel

Harrogate Studio Theatre, Friday 4th March, 2016 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'Parallel', a new play by Laura Lindsay, was all about chance meetings and taking chances; surprising parallels between lives beside parallel lines it would appear. What I really liked most about this production was the refreshing and unusual set-up. Before the performance began, the actresses appeared and... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

Warwick Arts Centre, Saturday 6th February, 2013 and then again at The National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, Monday 26th May, 2014. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'That was AMAZING' was, I believe, my declaration as I left the theatre after seeing this masterpiece from 1927. I realise that 'amazing' is rather an inept term these days but I was using... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Rubbish

Unity Theatre, Liverpool. Saturday 3rd May, 2014. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am a huge fan of Theatre in Education and Kids' shows. When I saw the flyer for this, I was embarrassingly excited considering my age, but excited nonetheless; not just the promise of a fun, creative and environmentally conscious show, but a show including puppets made... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Stomp

Theatre Royal, Nottingham. 23rd September, 2010. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There is a reason for 'Stomp' being in and out of theatres since 1991: it is gloriously entertaining and completely timeless. I remember being blown away by this show; the energy, the sound and the endless imaginative ways to create sound were superb. The cast were mind-bogglingly talented... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Sister Act

London Palladium, Saturday 4th July, 2009 (with Sheila Hancock) and 23rd October 2010 (with Whoopi Goldberg). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A musical (very loosely) based on my favourite movie? Fantastic. Seeing it a second time with THE Whoopi Goldberg as Mother Superior? Priceless. This show was a dazzling example of a feel-good, fun-loving musical. The story was changed... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: My Judy Garland Life

Nottingham Playhouse, 7th February 2014. Evening performance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Judy Garland Life tells the story of Susie, a young girl 'growing up under Garland's spell' and it is a charming look at how impressionable youngsters lean on their idols for support and inspiration as they navigate the course of their formative years. With Judy as... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: Slava’s Snow Show

Tuesday 20th September, 2011, Nottingham Theatre Royal (and again in 2013). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There is a reason that Slava's Snow Show started winning awards in 1994 and is still going strong: it is most likely the most enveloping, visually spectacular event a lot of audiences will have seen; myself well and truly included. My enduring appreciation... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: The Color Purple

The Menier Chocolate Factory, London, Tuesday July 30th, 2013. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My lasting impression of The Color Puple at The Menier Chocolate Factory, almost three years later, is that it is one of the most thoroughly beautiful musicals I've seen to date. When I first heard that there was to be a musical based on Alice... Continue Reading →

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