Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Varun Raj

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Varun Raj

After seeing Mushy: Lyrically Speaking at the Arcola Theatre this month, I became fascinated by Mushy's story from Educating Yorkshire and watched lots of clips of him on YouTube (here, here and here). It's a story that you don't often see on stage and although the tour has now ended, I sincerely hope that it [...]

Light’s Up On | My Top 5 Musicals in 2018

Light’s Up On | My Top 5 Musicals in 2018

When I look back on 2018, it will be my theatre going experiences that I look back on most fondly. I’ve been fortunate enough to see musicals in Stuttgart, on Broadway and in the West End. This lists attempts to rank which shows stood out and connected with me the most when I saw them. [...]

Review | Once on this Island, Circle in the Square Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Review | Once on this Island, Circle in the Square Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

With Once on this Island, director Michael Arden has created a spell-binding revival which pushes the boundaries for what is usually done on Broadway. It’s colourful, vibrant and demonstrates the uplifting power of story-telling. Our story is set in the Caribbean and follows Timoune, a young peasant girl who falls in love with a rich [...]

Review | The Band’s Visit, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Review | The Band’s Visit, The Ethel Barrymore Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

When I heard that the musical ‘The Band’s Visit’ was about an Egyptian Band’s visit to an Israeli town, I was admittedly apprehensive about how, if at all, it would handle the delicate topic of Arab-Israeli relations. I did not expect that such a beautiful story would unfold, a story which gently reminds us that [...]

Review | Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Review | Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

This show is a triumph in exploring themes on stage which haven’t been put in the spotlight since Next to Normal in 2008. Our protagonist, Evan Hansen struggles with anxiety and through the musical we see how this mental health issue impacts his life. Even if you don’t have any personal experience of struggling with [...]