This weekend Sheffield’s annual Migration Matters Festival kicked off and I took a visit to the Theatre Deli to see Jericho’s Rose. Althea Theatre’s production explores what it’s like living as an artist who is forced into a position where you have to move country regularly whilst looking after a grandfather with dementia. The two themes are tackled brilliantly and very creatively.
To call something ‘nice’ can sound like damning with faint praise. The reader might infer that the thing in question is insipid or unimpressive. And yet, that is exactly the adjective which describes York Theatre Royal’s production of Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy (directed by Suzann McLean). It is neither insipid nor unimpressive, however; it is a gentle, uplifting and quietly powerful night at the theatre.
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from the anything but glamorous 'Price and Son' shoe factory in Northampton to the dazzling catwalks of Milan in this sassy, vivacious and heart warming tale of true British grit with catchy songs by Tony and Grammy Award winning eighties pop princess, Cyndi Lauper.
It is sometimes easy to forget this old stager of a musical is actually still completely bonkers as two young upstarts threw the kitchen sink at their first work essentially inventing the rock musical.
Annie tells the story of a young orphan who dreams of her parents coming to rescue her until she gets taken out of her orphanage by the parents she didn’t expect. It has fantastic music by Charles Strouse with great lyrics by Martin Charnin. The songs are catchy and full of optimism, which is definitely what we need in the world we live in.
It is entirely appropriate we are in upstairs room of a Bradford pub for the world premiere of this new play based on Adelle Stripe’s fictionalised novel of the life of local playwright Andrea Dunbar as pub bogs were one of the places where that literary magpie picked up ideas for her work scribbling them down in her battered notebook.
I never thought the day would come when the sight of a zebra’s backside would have me in fits of giggles.
But that was my fate on Wednesday evening, when the “wild” animals of Madagascar The Musical roared onto the Hull New Theatre stage.
Musicals come in all shapes, sizes and sounds and in my job as a theatre reviewer I’ve enjoyed many over the years.
But the one I watched at the Hull Truck Theatre on Tuesday evening, was so different from any other; unique, in fact.
On Tuesday night, nine actors/comedians/acrobats/singers led us, in the audience, on a very merry, crime-ridden dance as The Comedy About a Bank Robbery hit the Hull New Theatre stage.
It seems inconceivable that in living memory 25000 mothers a year were forced to give up their babies for adoption for the sin of not being married and Be My Baby focuses on four teenagers about to undergo this ordeal.
Our House - The Madness Musical is based on a book by Tim Firth and very much takes it inspiration from Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers and the romantic comedy Sliding Doors. Originally premiering on the West End in 2002, it went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2003. Using a back catalogue of the ska band Madness as its starting point, the reggae rhythms and emotive lyrics drive the storyline.
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