New Theatre company We’re Gonna Be A Dad! Has a new show playing in Islington. Not much of a headline really but when the show is a musical about a super strong detective who almost shares their name with a beloved, indeed revered, literary detective, then it is worth investigating (do you see what I did there?) So off I popped to the Hen and Chickens Theatre to see Hercules Poirot. Inspector Strap (Jack Dalton) has a problem, a dead student at the bottom of a swimming pool. Strap has two … [Read more...]
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I don’t know what you make of characters speaking in English in a foreign accent when it becomes apparent that the said character is effectively speaking in their native tongue. Of course, it naturally follows that a play should be spoken in a language its audience will understand. In this production, while Fiona Ramsay’s Stella Goldschlag (1922-1994) retains a German accent from beginning to end impeccably, I’m still not entirely convinced it was strictly necessary. At least in this case, it … [Read more...]
The Woman In Black is one of those very rare tales: a ghost story that works on stage and is totally engrossing! The play has its origins in Scarborough, where the novelist Susan Hill was born. Looking for an inexpensive production for Christmas 1987, the theatre director, who still rehearses every new cast, Robin Herford, asked one of the actors at the Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-round, Stephen Mallatratt, to adapt it for two actors. The result, as they say, is history, because the … [Read more...]
To mark the 88th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street, the 4th October 1936 when a march through the Jewish East End by The British Union of Fascists was blocked by an alliance encompassing the Jewish community, Irish dockers, and Communists - we have not one but two theatrical offerings. In the West End at the Criterion, there is Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice set in Cable Street starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as a female Shylock and in South London, at the wonderful Southwark Playhouse … [Read more...]
At first glance, Neil D’Souza’s new play looks a bit like a lads’ Plaza Suite, but instead of Central Park South, we’re in Ibiza and in shabbier double occupancy accommodation. The bickering twosome returning to a symbolic hotel room are not a married couple on their 23rd or 24thanniversary, but former The Frampton Sound Experiment bandmates Chris (Peter Bramhill) and Dev (Neil D’Souza) on the eve of Chris’s 50th birthday. The hostel has been upgraded to an extent but the memories - and a … [Read more...]