Interview: Eleanor Felton, Gaia Cicolani & Naomi Bowman Reflect on ‘Have You Heard’

Earlier this month, Nora Productions’ ‘Have You Heard’ was streamed via the Applecart Arts website, and, with plans to develop the piece into a site-specific and in-person production in the future, Director Eleanor Felton and performers Gaia Cicolani and Naomi Bowman here take the opportunity to reflect on the show to date, offering up a... Continue Reading →

Review: Soviet Zion (Concept Album)

This new musical drama is one of epic proportions, with the concept album confidently putting forward just shy of three hours of original material. Soviet Zion seeks to take audiences into the heart of ‘Siberia's mysterious Yiddish Autonomous Region’, and, with generous musical accompaniment and a firm grasp on the dramatic potential of the premise,... Continue Reading →

BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN: Talking Love & Relationships in a Complicated World

In BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN, Somebody Jones offers insights into the world of love, dating and marriage through the eyes of five Black women interviewed about their experiences of being in long term relationships with white men. Beginning with a specific recent experience and then developing tangential discussion from there, the piece is engaging... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on: The Best of LGBTQ+ Stories & Characters on Stage

Just in the nick of time, I’m marking the last few hours of Pride Month with a look at some of the best examples of theatre productions celebrating and exploring LGBTQ+ stories, characters, history and culture. From accosting social commentary to joyous sequin-clad drag queens to moving takes on body dysmorphia and transgender experiences and... Continue Reading →

The Welkin: A Perilous Standoff between Damnation & Defence

Saturday 22nd February 2020 at the National Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Welkin is a fantastic example of past and present colliding. Lucy Kirkwood’s new play offers harsh realities, intelligent light relief and dramatic revelations to leave craters in the stage. Educating and entertaining as much as it interrogates and grips, we are presented with shifting... Continue Reading →

Seeds: Impressively Unrelenting

Monday 23rd February 2020 at Leeds Playhouse (Bramall Rock Void). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Evelyn (Judith Jacob) is lighting candles on a Birthday cake when a ring of the doorbell brings Jackie (Penny Layden) out from the cold and into the fire as it were, placing her centre stage in a living room which periodically doubles as courtroom. ... Continue Reading →

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Bravery in the Face of Betrayal

Thursday 21st November 2019 at Leeds Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘... this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation.’ It’s True, It’s True, It’s True tells a tale of old in a dynamic, brilliantly modern production, balancing uncomfortable truths with comic... Continue Reading →

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