Travelling in a torrential rainstorm across London in pursuit of fanciful and mysterious Japanese folktales set expectations high, and Doubtful Sound's Hinohara Village did not disappoint. The house was packed and throughout this one-hour show, the audience was rapt. Fans of Manga will recognise the common source material of the legends conveyed within the performance by a cast of two and enhanced with glorious singing and Japanese musical instruments from Sherry Sugita. Tales of the … [Read more...]
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Roommates, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, is an energising and sometimes sublime collection of six pieces performed by Ballet national de Marseille. Not to be missed by those who enjoy exciting contemporary dance. The six works have been chosen by directing artists (LA) HORDE to describe the celebrity-admired dance collective’s influences. The pieces vary in tone, including the sublime (Oiwa), exquisitely poignant (Les Indomptes) while also taking a striking look at sexuality as … [Read more...]
Marry Me a Little is a two-handed musical revue conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René from some of the lesser-known songs of Stephen Sondheim. In a dialogue-free succession of eighteen musical numbers, both solos and duets, originally written for shows such as Follies, Saturday Night, Evening Primrose, The Girls of Summer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Company, the plot, such as it is, concerns the relationship between two lonely New York single people, who are in … [Read more...]
Jon (Kate Crisp) is being asked a lot of questions by Cathy (Amelia Paltridge) and it soon becomes clear that the former doesn’t remember much thanks to an unexplained incident that has left Jon with a head injury. The continued questioning sets the scene for the kind of absurdism that permeates throughout this short play – Jon is asked, for instance, if he has any recollection of being unconscious. If he did, of course, he would by default have been conscious. Jon’s mental state means there is … [Read more...]
The National Theatre’s brutalist architecture made it an appropriate London home for the previous incarnation of Standing at the Sky’s Edge. Set in the Park Hill housing estate in Sheffield, it was effectively a show in a brutalist Grade II* listed building set in another Grade II* listed building. The Gillian Lynne Theatre isn’t listed but it’s brutalist nonetheless, adding an added atmospheric layer to a show that already relies on its physical environment to set its gritty tone. A … [Read more...]