Oddsocks’ Romeo & Juliet: Capulet Rockers and Montague Mods…

Tuesday 11th July 2017 at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Well, Oddsocks have gone and done it again! Approaching one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, Romeo and Juliet, they decided, naturally, to frame the whole story as a Mods and Rockers themed farce. Does that work? Well, yes actually! In the beautiful outdoor setting of... Continue Reading →

La Strada: A Slick, Enchanting Hybrid

Wednesday 26th April, 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 There is a brilliant energy running through this production; the enveloping rowdy scenes of bars and cleverly represented busy streets are joyous to watch purely for the brilliance of the physicality, which is absolutely a winning aspect of this wonderful production. But the surreal energy of... Continue Reading →

Kneehigh’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips: ‘Be Still, My Beating Heart!’

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wednesday, 2nd November 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ O Kneehigh, what a wonder you are! This is a long one folks, it simply cannot be otherwise, so settle in... Adapted from Michael Morpurgo's children's book (by Emma Rice and Morpurgo himself), Kneehigh's '946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips' is a hilarious, moving and thoroughly... 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: 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 →

Roseacre: Fantastic Physical Theatre

Friday 15th July, 2016, at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It is the infinitely creative style of this company and their impressive approach to a piece that continues to allure; anything fresh and different, anything that is explorative and dynamic, is a great pull for me and Square Peg do this so well. As I mentioned in... 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 →

Starting with Vamos and The Best Thing

Leeds Carriageworks Theatre, Wednesday 4th May, 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ok, here I go; my first post! Was that an annoying start? I was going for endearingly amateur but if I've lost you already, I can only apologise. Please return to your far more engaging activity- probably folding jumpers, avoiding screaming children demanding extra pudding or most... Continue Reading →

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