On-Stage Reviews

Review | Firecracker, Ovalhouse Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Watch out for the name Helena Morais. As part of the Ovalhouse’s Untold Season, Helena has written, produced and stars in ‘Firecracker’. This coming of age play has meaning and grit and teaches us the fascinating origins and ways of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts Form. ‘Firecracker’ is one of the best experiences I’ve had … Continue reading

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Review | Sex Magick, Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆

In Sex Magick, Amelia is fed up with her luckless love life and turns to a vaginal therapist/mystic spiritual healer in the hopes that she’ll be able to win the affection of her childhood crush, Julian. This is not a kinky nor an erotic show but an unfortunately limp comedy. It sounds promising and the … Continue reading

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Review | Dirty Laundry, Camden People’s Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Fast fashion. Our high streets and online stores are flooded with it. When you buy these clothes, it’s a ringing endorsement of the practices which allow for your favourite jeans or dress to arrive at your doorstep. If you’re comfortable slipping into these items, you should at least know the conditions which enable mass market … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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.