Review | Hymn, Almeida Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Hymn, Almeida Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

I was kindly invited to write a one-off review for the Evening Standard after their main critic was unfortunately pinged and had to self-isolate. You can read the review by clicking the link below. A big thanks to Nancy Durrant for the opportunity! https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/theatre/hymn-review-almeida-theatre-london-adrian-lester-danny-sapani-b948402.html Photo Credit: Marc Brenner Hymn is running at the Almeida Theatre [...]

Review | Be More Chill, The Shaftesbury Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Be More Chill, The Shaftesbury Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In Be More Chill, this quirky sci-fi fantasy musical takes the premise that a supercomputer has the functionality to make a high-schooler popular and runs, no, sprints with it. The result is an adrenaline fuelled and ultimately uplifting production which seeks to connect with misfits everywhere and remind them that they are not alone in [...]

Review | Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

*This review is based on a preview performance of Cinderella. In one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent press statements, he described this production of Cinderella as ‘the first world premiere of a new musical in this country since the pandemic’. However, others online correctly noticed that there have indeed been other original musicals mounted on [...]

Review | J’Ouvert, Harold Pinter Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | J’Ouvert, Harold Pinter Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

In J’Ouvert, London’s Notting Hill Carnival has been brought to life on the West End stage with an impressive cast of four women. Yasmin Joseph’s show meaningfully captures the reality of the carnival experience in twenty-first century London whilst remaining undeniably fun. Under the direction of Rebekah Murrell, it bursts with colour, music and joy; [...]

Review | seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | seven methods of killing kylie jenner, Royal Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

No, the show’s provocative title is not clickbait. When Cleo (Leanne Henlon), a dark-skinned Black woman, learns that Kylie Jenner has been announced as a ‘self-made billionaire’, she is outraged. To express this anger, Cleo describes in darkly comic detail via an anonymous Twitter account the various ways in which she’d like to kill the [...]

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 [...]