When It Happens: Women on the Verge

Wednesday 31st July 2019 at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ When It Happens combines powerful and topical issues spanning motherhood, sexual harassment, the ‘policing’ of women’s bodies and behaviours and the roles of women in general - more specifically, the oppressive roles of women. It feels reactionary and relevant but also a little too... Continue Reading →

Emilia: Listen to the Roar

Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia has made an indelible mark on many a woman with Emilia if the tears, enthused buzz and unanimous roar of the audience I sat with is anything to go by. Let it be said also that despite a primarily female audience,... Continue Reading →

Handbagged: We Are Much Amused

Wednesday 24th April 2019 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Moira Buffini’s comedy announces itself as a work of great parody as soon as HRH enters with a mischievous glint in her eye just in time to interrupt and deflate a fiery speech from Margaret Thatcher. You see, Thatcher is conspiring to get a chair brought... Continue Reading →

Abigail’s Party: A Comic Case of Hosts Behaving Badly

Tuesday 29th January 2019 at The Grand Opera House, York.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Mike Leigh’s 1977 comedy Abigail’s Party is a beautifully preserved microcosm of seventies trends, etiquette and values. It’s also a very neat reflection of timeless relationship dynamics, making it ever relevant and entertaining - one look at the current housing market tells you that aspirational young... Continue Reading →

Kindertransport: Lives Saved & Lives Changed For Ever

Saturday 20th October 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This production of Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports which saved the lives of so many German children endangered by their Jewish faith and those raging against it in Nazi Germany. Children were transported to London and taken in by host families; many... Continue Reading →

The Full Monty: Stripping in a Comic Fight for Dignity

Monday 15th October 2018 at the Grand Opera House, York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Simon Beaufoy’s play is based on the film (Fox Searchlights Pictures)...which I’ve never seen (I know). My feelings about the show are apparently out of keeping with the general population because I haven’t had the influence of the film guiding me through this production.... Continue Reading →

The Wipers Times: A Jolly Good Play Based on a Surprising True Story

Saturday 1st September 2018 at Nottingham Theatre Royal ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times is based on the fascinating and heartening true story of WW1 soldiers who began printing a wartime publication after discovering a working printing press amongst the rubble in Ypres. The play follows seven British men knee-deep in trench... Continue Reading →

The Secret Garden: A Beautiful Adaptation of a Classic Children’s Novel

Wednesday 1st August 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel gets an affectionate adaptation from Jessica Swale in this production from Theatre by the Lake. As far as adaptations of classics and of children’s fiction go, this is beautifully done, paying tribute to the original with a few tweaks to... Continue Reading →

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