On-Stage Reviews

Review | Amour, Charing Cross Theatre – ⋆⋆⋆

Despite it's title, Amour the musical is not a sickly-sweet French romantic musical. Nor does it have anything to do with a solitary lamppost in an abandoned street as the marketing materials may lead you to believe. It’s mostly a charming and whimsical story with a big heart. It’s not a total surprise that the … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

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. … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

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 … Continue reading

Why We Tell the Story Series

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 … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

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. 

On-Stage Reviews

Review | Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

I often find myself out of step with audience’s responses to shows, most recently with Hadestown or Bat out of Hell to name a few. Usually I’m fine with having a dissenting opinion, but with Emilia, I’ve been shocked by how different my thoughts have been to nearly all the glowing reports I’ve seen, especially … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

Review | I’d Rather Be Me: Amy Lovatt Live, Above the Arts Studio Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Six, the wildly popular new West End musical, is currently wowing audiences at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square. Above this theatre, there is a little-known venue aptly called Above the Arts. It’s a relaxed setting with some stylish artwork, a small bar, some sofas and typically plays host to cabaret acts. On a Saturday … Continue reading