Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Bag Lady is a top-ranking piece of new writing. Stephanie Manton has written and stars in this semi-autobiographical show which takes place at the Combined Cadet Forces' (CCF) annual camp. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and delves into a topic which isn’t often represented on stage.  In this solo performance, we join the young Kelly Carmichael (Stephanie [...]

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Trial of Love is a black comedy horror, loosely based on the Chinese story of Wang Kui Betrays Guiyung. Directed by Sally Jiayun XU, it’s a promising piece about dispelling mystic curses, fusing styles from Chinese and Japanese cultures. There are some strong performances, yet this production doesn’t quite feel like it has reached its [...]

Review | Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ‘S’ on her Vest ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Blue Tights, Red Knickers and an ‘S’ on her Vest ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In this one-woman show, Joanna (Laura Shoebottom), wears a superwoman outfit; the universal symbol for heroism. Like most superheroes, she faces her fair share of battles. However, hers are uniquely much smaller in scale and slightly more complex in nature. Joanna battles against an endless heap of paperwork; her self-centred work colleagues; and her mother, [...]

Review | The Castle, Greenside @ Infirmary Street – ⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Castle, Greenside @ Infirmary Street – ⋆⋆⋆

The Old Dog Theatre’s adaptation of Kafka’s 'The Castle' is filled with mystery, faceless figures of authority and confusion as I understand you would expect from the notorious writer. The play is mostly a series of events in which K (Sam Hill) attempts to overcome  obstacles. K is a new arrival at a desolate village [...]

Review | The Canary and the Crow, Roundabout @ Summerhall ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Canary and the Crow, Roundabout @ Summerhall ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

At around the age of thirteen, a school friend of mine once confronted me to say that if a black person ever did something to hurt her family she would stop speaking to me. At that age, I was stunned into silence. How could she conceivably think that I was responsible for the actions of [...]