La Strada: A Slick, Enchanting Hybrid

Wednesday 26th April, 2017 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There is a brilliant energy running through this enchanting production with its enveloping rowdy scenes of bars and busy streets. But the surreal energy of this piece also pervades the darker aspects and although she lives life under a perpetual dark cloud, our protagonist is a... Continue Reading →

Frankenstein: Showcasing the Dramatic Power of Puppetry

Thursday 2nd February, 2017, at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loosely liken this production from Blackeyed Theatre to watching the metamorphosis of a butterfly, with the first act being the caterpillar to chrysalis and the second being the transformed butterfly. It's very apt for this analogy to have come to mind of course; Frankenstein does follow... Continue Reading →

RENT: Unmissable

Saturday 21st January, 2017. St James' Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The reputation and history of this show are well documented, so I won't repeat too much of it here, but suffice to say that this is a musical in a class of its own. Set in the not-so-dreamy side of dreamy New York at the height... Continue Reading →

Macbeth: Ambitious, but like Macbeth, ‘O’erleaps itself’

York Theatre Royal. Tuesday 22nd November, 2016. ⭐️⭐️ This production from Volcano Theatre is hugely ambitious and very modern; as the advertising promised, it's 'a furious two hander' and both Mairi Phillips and Alex Harries, playing all roles, are bursting with energy and grit throughout (which must be utterly gruelling with such a high level... 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! 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 enchanting story of worlds colliding and the strength of human relationships. It's also a... Continue Reading →

Macbeth: A Hilariously Radical Re-brand for The Scottish Play

Harlow Carr, Tuesday 12th July 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With more energy and chaotic brilliance than bottled childhood, OddSocks' rendition of 'Macbeth' is quirky, refreshing and thoroughly off-the-charts bonkers (in the good way). For me, this is how Shakespeare should be tackled for the modern audience; fresh perspectives, lack of restriction and experimental creativity with central ideas.... Continue Reading →

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