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- everything was so perfectly done, wasn't it just amazing?' was, I believe, my declaration as I left the theatre after seeing this masterpiece from 1927. I realise that 'amazing' is rather... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions: The Anatomy of Melancholy

Warwick Arts Centre, 14th March, 2013. ⭐️⭐️ Based on the text written by Vicar and Librarian Robert Burton 400(ish) years ago, this production by Stan's Cafe (in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre) examined the various notions/theories/cures for melancholy amidst the dusty setting of a dark and stuffy lecture hall. This proved tragically apt. Naturally, the... 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). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a little on the long side for a review of mine, for good reason, so get yourself a brew and get comfortable! It also begins slightly differently because it involves a childhood hero of mine: the... Continue Reading →

Lasting Impressions:My Judy Garland Life

Nottingham Playhouse, 7th February 2014. Evening performance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'My Judy Garland Life' was my first experience of a production depicting a famous icon on stage. It did not disappoint. The production 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... 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 →

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