Review | 100% Chance of Rain – Chickenshed’s Rayne Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

100% Chance of Rain is a show that is one of a kind.

As you take your seat at the theatre, you think you are in familiar territory and in to see a conventional play. The stage is framed with cream coloured broken umbrellas and nothing appears to be out of the ordinary. But as the house lights go down, next thing you know you are greeted by a woman projected on a screen telling the audience to close their eyes and focus on their breathing. She enters into a monologue and seven or eight cast members in brightly coloured clothing grace the stage and are all moving in unique ways, almost as if to communicate something. Thus, the tone for the night is set and you realise you are in for an interesting evening ahead.

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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 a mental health problem, it’s a thoroughly engaging show, especially as the musical delves into further relatable themes such as solitude and managing loss.

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