At the Prince of Wales Theatre, in the Delfont Room was a late night production of Edges, presented by New Bard Productions Ltd. It had been advertised as Edges contemporary musical, but those who know of Pasek & Paul may also know Edges to be a song cycle - which can be described as a series of songs loosely based on the same theme. The theme of Edges was the stories of 20-something year olds coming of age, with the songs ranging from being funny to moving, with subjects from love, … [Read more...]
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Some shows are so easy to review, whilst others present challenges that really come out of left field. This is just such a production. OK, let’s start with the locale. This is the first time I’ve been to the St James Theatre, one of London’s newest purpose built theatres, and the Studio came as a complete surprise. Tucked away far underneath the main auditorium, the Studio felt like a really up-market cabaret bar. Small tables, with flickering if fake candles, lots of chairs around them, and a … [Read more...]
It’s asking for trouble, this show about slavery in America, approaching the subject with a mixture of burning outrage and the healing balm of musical harmony. Although it was first produced nine years ago at New York’s Lincoln Centre, this is its European premiere, and the close incarceration of the Trafalgar’s basement space is grimly apt. The trouble it asks for is a reflection of the trouble it portrays, namely the growth of white prosperity on the scarred backs of a supposed under-race. … [Read more...]
Before the transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sweet Venues and Dragon Literature this week presented a special preview of So What If I Dance?, and Out Of the Lens, a short play and a short play with songs. As we entered the performance space there was a rather striking actress already on stage, this role of ‘the dancer’ was played by Chipo Kureya. Dressed in a revealing leather outfit and extremely high shoes, she moved seductively around the stage to the smooth music playing in the … [Read more...]
There seems genuine concern amongst the creative team responsible for Drag King Richard III that it will be dismissed as “another gay play”. Even worse, they worry people will think this is just a camp retelling of Shakespeare’s original, Richard 3rd. That would be tragedy as this is easily one of the most thought-provoking shows on the London stage at the moment. Drag King Richard III isn’t even a retelling of the Shakespeare play; instead it simply repurposes speeches and dialogue to … [Read more...]