Yesterday I previewed a workshop version of new show “Pierced” at the lovely Landor Theatre, which is fast becoming one of my favourites!
The programme says the show is… “a comic, but touching portrayal of youth today, with all its idealism, ambition and awkward comedy. It follows the stories of five teenagers in the summer after finishing school, as they ope with obsessive rushes, divorcing parents, dreams of winning the X Factor and the thrall of advanced Facebook stalking”. The words in the programme could not have been more true to what is already a fantastic show and I’m sure will evolve into something even more special than it already is.
What amused me was the accuracy of the show – in its characters I saw people who I had been at school with. Although they were specific characters, each one of them was easily translatable to someone I had known in my school days. Sam Hallion played Mike, essentially the “lead” in this show. He was perfect in the role of the awkward and tormented teenager. Another who was very well suited to their role was Liam Ross-Mills as Robbie, who perfectly portrayed the cheeky chappie who just wanted to succeed. Lauren Austin as snooty but misunderstood Talia was a pleasure to watch and was heartbreaking at times and amusing at others. My stars of the evening were Dougie Carter as starstruck Ashley (who I really WANTED to win the X Factor!) and Rosanna Colclough as Amy, who was an absolute laugh a minute but was also emotional to watch. There was definitely not a weak link in this stellar cast.
I have to say a word about the music in this show. Every song was catchy and perfectly suited to the part of the story that it portrayed. The lyrics flowed fantastically and I went away humming a few of the company numbers. Songs which stay with you are one of the things, in my opinion, that make a great musical.
All in all a great afternoon in the theatre. I look forward to seeing how the show evolves!
We’ve been sent a fantastic offer by the lovely folks at the King’s Speech. Those of you who saw my reviews will know that I very much enjoyed this show, which is the play that inspired the Oscar winning film. If you haven’t read my review Click Here.
There is a fantastic Ticket offer for all those who want to see this great show and are free on 25th April at 1930! Normally Tickets are £52.50 but this great offer takes them down to £29.50 (+booking fee), which is a bargain for such a great show!
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Recently we attended the Press Night of Carmen at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington. Not being much of an opera fan, I awaited the start of the show with trepidation, not knowing what the next two hours held for me. What I found however, was that this show was perfect for those of us amongst us who are not the biggest fan’s of opera.
This new interpretation of the show moves the story of Carmen into present day, swapping 19th century Seville for 2012 Islington. I was very surprised at how well the show moved easily into the present day and loved how the cast took advantage of the fact that the King’s Head is a pub by staging a brawl in the bar before the show began.
I thought the space was used excellently within the theatre and was set simply but perfectly for purpose. The cast shone – every note was a joy to listen to and I think even the most hardened anti-opera person would have a job not to be swayed into enjoying this new interpretation of an old classic.
Last night we saw the Press Night of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was exciting as, as many of you may know, Charles Dickens died before finishing the story. I was very much looking forward to seeing how the story would end, having been told beforehand that it was left up to an audience vote – how exciting!
The show was beautifully executed, with every actor playing their role perfectly in moments that were both scripted and unscripted. I had much admiration for the fact that this cast have to deal with an audience who were completely unpredictable. Song sheets were provided for free and the audience were encouraged to sing along before the “official” start of the show. We had a great time singing and interacting with the cast – although we were not the most tuneful!
I always enjoy a “play within a play” format and this one was put together perfectly. Each character in the show then had a brief introduction as a character in the play within the play. It was easy to keep up with who was who and what they were doing. All the actors in this show were fantastic, but I had a few personal highlights. Wendi Peters as the Princess Puffer was both heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time, which I think is a very difficult feat to pull off. Natalie Day was fantastic as Edwin Drood and hilarious as Miss Alice Nutting. I also very much enjoyed Victoria Farley and Loula Geater as Rosa Bud and Helena Landless respectively – both had beautiful voices. Daniel Robinson was formidable and vocally impressive as Drood’s Uncle John Jasper and Denis Delahunt was perfection in his “impromptu” performance as the Mayor. There was not a weak link in this cast.
I thought the format of the show was excellent, and enjoyed making my choice on who the murderer was and watching the new twists and turns unfold within the show. We also got to pick who the lovers for the evening would be, which gave hilarious consequences.
All in all a fantastic night at the theatre that I would recommend to anyone who loves theatre. This show doesn’t take itself too seriously and is a joy to watch – a very enjoyable night out with twists and turns a-plenty and enough interaction to keep any audience member on their toes.
Never wanting to miss an opportunity for some Wendy time, we headed down to Greenwich today to see if we could catch a glimpse of the film being shot! We saw a brief rendition of “Do You Hear The People … Continue reading →
The Yard in Hackney Wick is back with a new season of work after their successful opening season last year in 2011. The performance space will be programmed from April to December with a mixture of dance, theatre and opera. The season begins with a new play by young Indian theatre-maker Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; a retelling of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle by LIVEARTSHOW following on from their critical hit MANGA SISTER; a three week festival running in July prior to the Olympics exploring what British Theatre might be today, enabling new voices to emerge in The Theatre of Great Britain; a new play by Tarek Iskander loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness exploring the Second Gulf War from an Iraqi soldier’s perspective; an experiential show The Fish Tales of Alaska which uses interview footage, photographs and images from a real-life fisherman in Alaska to explore Man’s relationship to Nature and ending the season with an alternative Christmas show Pied Piper written and directed by The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller.
The Yard’s 2012 season opens with If what I hear is true –a new play by Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas and will run from 28 April to 19 May, with a press night on 3 May.
At home in Kolkata in 2005, Kanti founded Tin Can, a large, multi-disciplinary theatre company that quickly took the Indian arts scene by storm. Through their interrogative and collaborative attitude, Tin Can galvanized youth arts not just in Kolkata, but across India to Mumbai, Bangalore and, later, internationally to Stirling and Plymouth through an association with the British Council. Kanti has sought to bring the model of Tin Can to If what I hear is true as his first full run in London.
Inspired by T.S Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, If what I hear is true is a play that moves between London’s crowded nightlife and a deserted beach in Sri Lanka, exploring how people need to escape from an increasingly confusing world. Kanti will work with his ensemble cast, a movement director, a video designer and composer to devise the production.
West End in Concert – Covent Garden is the first event run by the West End in Concert team. Let us entertain you with a host of the biggest names in the West End.
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Sabrina Aloueche, Lauren Samuels, Mig Ayesa, Adrian Hansel Tenors of Rock, Scott Garnham, Liam Doyle, Tori Allen-Martin, Lauren Varnham, Woman Band, Chloe Hart, Simon Bailey, Brenda Edwards, Liam Tamne, Victoria Hamilton-Barrit Sandra Marvin, Ryan Dawson, Lucy Sinclair, Katie Paine, Rebecca Treharne, Parnell Page and Danielle York.
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