The Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s co-production of George’s Marvellous Medicine is currently on a phiz-whizzing tour around the UK. A treat for sight and sound, this production is characterised by great theatrics, a creative quirky set and overall collective fun.
It must be such a hard task to remake a famous film into a stage show; the pressure of making sure it lives up to the big screen counterpart ,the nightmare of trying to scale it down and fix its nuisances, it’s no small task.
Well imagine how much more pressure and work is involved when it’s one of the most iconic British films ever made, like Nöel Coward’s Brief Encounter.
I must admit, when Knot began with Nikki and JD’s description of when they met I thought we were in for an hour of soppy Valentine’s Day expressive dance. Luckily, I was very wrong.
Think quiffs, red lipstick and rebellious teens in the damaged world of post-war London. Now add a script that runs like a poem with cockney slang and rhymes, rock and roll live on-stage music from Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts and two actors that take on dozens of different characters while falling in love. That’s Teddy!
Have you ever wanted to be best friends with a music megastar, a rock star if you will? Getting all the celebrity gossip and be told those far out stories that you wish you could have been part of.
Well now you can, sort of. Madness Front man; Suggs has returned with his new spoken word tour titled ‘King Cnut’ and its as intimate and as friendly as having a pint with him at the local pub.
Tonight, the Royal Shakespeare Company continue their tour at the Lowry Theatre with their contemporary take on Hamlet by Simon Godwin.
Simon Godwin’s Hamlet has been utterly modernised, switching it from a Danish city in the middle ages to a 21st century unspecified modern African state which is somewhat genius.
Every so often, you witness a piece of theatre which is so raw, so thought provoking and so passionate that it leaves a lasting impression unlike any other art form.
‘Nina’ currently at the Lowry did just that; a one woman play by Olivier award nominated actress Josette Bushell-Mingo about the struggles faced by the black civil rights movement and the artist who was the soundtrack to that movement; the legendary Nina Simone.
I hadn’t heard of Luke Jermay before. I Googled him in advance, which is something I don’t normally do. His own website proclaims: “Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind.”
This evening, myself and the audience were captured by a piece of theatrical storytelling, twenty years since its debut, a play by Conor McPherson - The Weir.
The creation of Acrobuffos husband and wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, Air Play merges their circus and street theatre performance art with the sculptured artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. The talented couple met at the circus in Afghanistan and married at a clown festival in China where Christina’s bridal dress was made out of tiny white balloons.
I must admit The Alice Network was not something I have heard of before. So I was quite intrigued to see this play about three women in a Belgian prison during World War I. All being interrogated and accused of being the infamous spy; Alice Dubois.
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