Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Why We Tell The Story: In Conversation with Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, winner of the 2019 JMK Award, is an engaging and ambitious artist. In this interview, Tristan and I talk about his experience with directing ‘Little Baby Jesus’ and the passion and creativity that went into staging one of his all-time favourite plays. Since this interview took place, the world of theatre has changed. [...]

Review | Sonder, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Sonder, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

After recent legislative change in Northern Ireland, abortion is now legal across the UK. Although there’s been a tidal shift in societal attitudes over time, having an abortion still remains a thorny conversation topic. Pro-life vs Pro-choice. Liberal vs Conservative. Regardless of how reasoned and measured you think your own views may be, you can [...]

Review | Tinted, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Tinted, VAULT Festival ⋆⋆⋆

Tinted is a one-woman show written by Amy Bethan Evans. Our central character, Laura (Charlotte Eyres), talks through her experience of growing up with a visual impairment, touching on themes including accessibility, societal attitudes towards disability and sexual consent.  The piece, creatively directed by Elske Waite, frequently leaps through time. In some scenes, we see [...]

Review | Netflix and Chill, The Drayton Arms Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Netflix and Chill, The Drayton Arms Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

For some, Netflix and Chilling is an uncomplicated way to have someone over to yours for casual sex without the expense of going out on a date first. For others, the suggestion of it is a clear indication that the person you've been messaging on Tinder may not be the catch you hoped for. Without [...]

Review | Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats, Soho Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum with Expats, Soho Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Following its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer, duo Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole have arrived at the Soho Theatre to bring their show to London audiences. The set-up is that we're in a pub. But not just a pub, it’s a recreation of ‘The Pub’ in Valletta, Malta. Pre-show, there's a generous [...]

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 | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Review | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Normality is a tuneful new musical comedy about Norman Goodman, a computer and keyboard enthusiast who unexpectedly lands a job in the corporate world. The show, created by Nige Reid and Jules Kleiseris, is currently in development and had its first staging in the downstairs Studio space at the Other Palace. The actors had just ten days [...]