Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Kite Runner, Richmond Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

'The Kite Runner' centres on Amir (David Ahmad), an Afghan-American, as he recalls a defining moment in his childhood which has shaped his life and the man he’s grown to become. The first question you’d probably like an answer to is whether the stage adaptation is any good compared to the book by Khaled Hosseini. [...]

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.” [...]

What I’ve learnt as a Reviewer and POC at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

What I’ve learnt as a Reviewer and POC at Edinburgh Fringe 2019

This year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I had the time of my life. I saw 24 shows, wrote 16 reviews for this blog and had very little sleep in-between. Before heading up, I couldn’t find anything which provided an insight into what going to the Fringe as a reviewer for the first time would [...]

Hive City Legacy: “Imagine your younger self in the audience, what would you say to her? How would you want to share this story with her?”

Hive City Legacy: “Imagine your younger self in the audience, what would you say to her? How would you want to share this story with her?”

Hive City Legacy returns to the Roundhouse this year in an electric and vibrant production in which nine Femmes of Colour take centre stage. What is Hive City Legacy? In simple terms, the show is a collection of pieces incorporating music, dance, burlesque, spoken word, aerial acrobatics and mime performed by nine Femmes of Colour. [...]

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.