Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Where’s the America we were supposed to get? Was it a silhouette?’  It’s hard to deny that America is currently facing a storm of socio political issues: rising racial tensions; polarisation in communities over its immigration system; dwindling worker’s rights; and the ever-widening gap between the richest and the poorest in society. It’s easy to [...]

Review | Islander: A New Musical, Southwark Playhouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Islander: A New Musical, Southwark Playhouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Two microphones, loop pedal equipment, our two performers, Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick and their A Capella voices. Put them in the more intimate of the two Southwark Playhouse performance spaces in the round and what do you get? Theatre magic. In this show, you're taken to an island somewhere on the Scottish coast where [...]

Review | Museum Pieces, Tristan Bates Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Museum Pieces, Tristan Bates Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Museum Pieces is a superb new play which looks at how reality TV interacts with actual reality once the show has aired.  At the Tristan Bates Theatre, four individuals sit on chairs spread out across the space with a distinct pool of coloured light shining on each of them. In turn, they take centre stage [...]

Review | Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, Arcola Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Many would have seen the viral clip of Musharaf Asghar aka Mushy from the Channel 4 series, Educating Yorkshire. The school kid from Dewsbury won the hearts of the nation when, despite his stammer, he was able to read a speech with improved fluency. This was all thanks to his English teacher’s suggestion to listen [...]

Review | Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Behind the closed doors of the run-down, grave-yard adjacent home in Arkansas, the Lafayettes are caught in a storm of problems. Lafayette Senior is dead and his family are haemorrhaging funds. His children have returned to the family home to make it presentable for sale even though it has become a hoarder’s paradise. Their long-estranged [...]

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In a game of Word Association, when asked to describe New York, ordinary is probably the last word to spring to mind. Although this musical is firmly grounded in the bustling city which never sleeps, the material which the musical centres on is, well, ordinary. Here we follow four New Yorkers: a romantic couple; a [...]

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Working’ is a musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s 1974 book with interviews from a cross-section of individuals talking about their jobs. Some people go to see musicals to escape all thoughts of their 9 to 5. But in this musical, working life is exactly what you’re confronted with. Given our political climate and the people [...]

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 | On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, London Coliseum ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, London Coliseum ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The story of the unstoppable music duo, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, has been lovingly captured in the biopic musical, On Your Feet! Every once in a while, a show comes along where you’re forced to ignore your critical thoughts and enjoy it for the entertaining experience that it is, and that’s exactly what happened with [...]

Review | Firecracker, Ovalhouse Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

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 [...]