Review | Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Many would have seen the viral clip of Musharaf Asghar aka Mushy from the Channel 4 series, Educating Yorkshire. The school kid from Dewsbury won the hearts of the nation when, despite his stammer, he was able to read a speech with improved fluency. This was all thanks to his English teacher’s suggestion to listen [...]

Review | Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Behind the closed doors of the run-down, grave-yard adjacent home in Arkansas, the Lafayettes are caught in a storm of problems. Lafayette Senior is dead and his family are haemorrhaging funds. His children have returned to the family home to make it presentable for sale even though it has become a hoarder’s paradise. Their long-estranged [...]

Review | Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Based on initial impressions of Chiaroscuro from the marketing materials alone, one could be misled into thinking that the show is an in-your-face rock concert. One of the pull quotes describes Chiaroscuro as ‘explosive’ and the central image is of Shiloh Coke wearing an eccentric outfit with metallic blue lip-stick. As glorious as the image [...]

Review | Mercy, Bread and Roses Theatre, First Thoughts

Review | Mercy, Bread and Roses Theatre, First Thoughts

*This review shares my initial thoughts on Mercy following its rehearsed reading on 27 September, no star rating has been given* In the rehearsed reading of Mercy, the actors take their seats on stage at the start. They are joined by an actor whose role is to read the stage directions. During the performance, the [...]

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In a game of Word Association, when asked to describe New York, ordinary is probably the last word to spring to mind. Although this musical is firmly grounded in the bustling city which never sleeps, the material which the musical centres on is, well, ordinary. Here we follow four New Yorkers: a romantic couple; a [...]

Review | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Review | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Normality is a tuneful new musical comedy about Norman Goodman, a computer and keyboard enthusiast who unexpectedly lands a job in the corporate world. The show, created by Nige Reid and Jules Kleiseris, is currently in development and had its first staging in the downstairs Studio space at the Other Palace. The actors had just ten days [...]

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 [...]