On-Stage Reviews

Review | Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

At this point, I’ve seen a lot of biopic musicals. So when Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens with the star at a concert then cuts to her childhood, my immediate thoughts were that I’ve seen this before. However, what sets this biopic musical apart is the life of the star which it centres around. This … Continue reading

On-Stage Reviews

Review | Light in the Piazza, Royal Festival Hall – Southbank Centre ⋆⋆⋆

Don’t we all wish that we could travel to Italy and be whisked away by a charming Italian love interest? If it were that easy I’d say book me on the next flight please. Light in the Piazza, set in 1950s Italy, is a romantic summer musical which takes unexpected turns and touches on mental … Continue reading

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

On-Stage Reviews

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

On-Stage Reviews

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

On-Stage Reviews

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

Why We Tell the Story Series

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Sheila Arden

Artform is an amateur theatrical company resident at the Broadway Studio in Catford, South East London. They have produced a diverse selection of musicals, plays and concerts. Their previous productions include ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Into the Woods’, and ‘Oh What A Lovely War’. I met up with Sheila Arden, Artform’s Chair and Artistic Director to discuss … Continue reading