Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

It’s no secret that I’m an ardent fan of Mr Jason Robert Brown. He possesses the unique ability to compose a rousing and heartfelt score (See Parade, Last Five Years). Although he’s received critical acclaim and awards for his music, his shows haven’t had much luck in enjoying a healthy run on Broadway. When Bridges [...]

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Working’ is a musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s 1974 book with interviews from a cross-section of individuals talking about their jobs. Some people go to see musicals to escape all thoughts of their 9 to 5. But in this musical, working life is exactly what you’re confronted with. Given our political climate and the people [...]

Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Bag Lady is a top-ranking piece of new writing. Stephanie Manton has written and stars in this semi-autobiographical show which takes place at the Combined Cadet Forces' (CCF) annual camp. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and delves into a topic which isn’t often represented on stage.  In this solo performance, we join the young Kelly Carmichael (Stephanie [...]

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Trial of Love is a black comedy horror, loosely based on the Chinese story of Wang Kui Betrays Guiyung. Directed by Sally Jiayun XU, it’s a promising piece about dispelling mystic curses, fusing styles from Chinese and Japanese cultures. There are some strong performances, yet this production doesn’t quite feel like it has reached its [...]

It’s Time to Stop Recording Live Theatre Performances

It’s Time to Stop Recording Live Theatre Performances

The instances of people recording live performances in theatre is getting out of control. I knew that things had reached a crisis point when I read the latest tweet from Audra McDonald.  “To whoever it was in the audience that took a flash photo during our nude scene today: Not cool. Not cool at all.” [...]