Review | The Castle, Etcetera Theatre – First Thoughts

Review | The Castle, Etcetera Theatre – First Thoughts

The Castle centres around K who claims to be a Land Surveyor. We’re told that following a commission, he must conduct work in a nearby mysterious Castle. Who exactly has he been commissioned by? We don’t know. Why has he been commissioned? Not quite sure. And what exactly goes on in this Castle? No idea. [...]

Review | West Side Story, Royal Exchange Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | West Side Story, Royal Exchange Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The current production of West Side Story staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester is spell-binding. This timeless piece has been inventively revived by Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom and showcases musical theatre at its finest. West Side Story is one of those classic musicals that most people have heard a few of the songs [...]

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Sheila Arden

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Sheila Arden

Artform is an amateur theatrical company resident at the Broadway Studio in Catford, South East London. They have produced a diverse selection of musicals, plays and concerts. Their previous productions include ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Into the Woods’, and ‘Oh What A Lovely War’. I met up with Sheila Arden, Artform’s Chair and Artistic Director to discuss [...]

Review | NewsRevue – Fifty Shades of May, Canal Cafe Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | NewsRevue – Fifty Shades of May, Canal Cafe Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

News revue is bloody brilliant. The production staged at the  Canal Café theatre is reminiscent of a musicalised Mock the Week episode. It's an hour of non-stop comedic scenes which provide sharp satirical commentary on the messy current political situation we currently find ourselves in. For once instead of lamenting the shit show that Brexit is or the buffoon who holds the highest office in the US,  this pokes fun at the farce that it all is and provides unexpected comic relief.