As most people know, Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. What is not well known is that Jane actually wrote more than six novels. In fact, she wrote over 900, and Austentatious, which has recently taken up residence at the Fortune Theatre, are doing their best to bring each of these forgotten treasures back to life. Okay, Jane did 'only' write 6 novels … [Read more...]
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Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson at the Olivier Theatre
After the recent Windrush Generation government scandal, this National Theatre production of Small Island couldn’t have come at a better time. Based on Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel and adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, it tells the stories of two families, one white and one black leading up to the arrival of immigrant workers from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Read the full review...
Red Peter (directed by Chris Yun-Ward) is the stage adaptation of the 1917 novel “A Report to an Academy” by Franz Kafka. If you are familiar with some of the Bohemian novelist’s work, you will know that a certain level of absurdity and weirdness is always present, and this story is not different. Red Peter is the name given to an ape that decided to become a human to escape life in a cage in a zoo and is now invited by an academy to give a speech on his transformation. Red Peter (played by … [Read more...]
Social media can be a great force for good. It enables people to keep in touch easily, even if separated by thousands of miles. One of my favourite things to do is to join the Sunday morning Tweetalong where hundreds of us join together to discuss the latest goings-on in Ambridge (Emmerdale). However, there is a problem with social media which is often overlooked. It's permanence. Whatever you post is pretty much out there forever. Even deleting a post is not guaranteed to get rid of it, or … [Read more...]
Have you ever wondered what that little voice in your head looks like? Maybe it's a small child, a 'devil-like' figure? Some would have you believe it's a chimp! Well, One Duck Theatre have the answer, and in Lad, the lastest production from writer-performer duo Rhys Dunlop and Alan Mahon, that voice in your head is a twentysomething manchild!, attired in an oversized patterned shirt, very tight cycling shorts and in possession of an oh-so seductive Irish accent! His primal aim in life is to … [Read more...]
It’s December 11th, 1936 and a very tall, elegant middle-aged woman returns to her Soho flat from a trip to Fortnum & Mason to stock up with items for lunch. As she begins to undress, we see that all is not what it seems. The woman is, in fact, itinerant actor Rupert Farrant and under his coat is a series of pockets where he has secreted a stick of French bread, some caviar, a bottle of wine etc. for Farrant hasn’t been shopping at Fortnum’s but shoplifting. On top of that, Mrs McGee, his … [Read more...]
There’s a certain friendliness about Canadians (if you still haven’t seen Come From Away, it’s worth seeing) that is sometimes parodied in American television shows. In an episode of the animated sitcom Family Guy, a prisoner points to an exit and asks an officer, “Can I go through here?” The response comes back, “Just be back by bedtime,” and the prisoner agrees to do so, before leaving the premises. There is another sort of Canadian, however. In Daughter, Adam Lazarus spins a hard-hitting (in … [Read more...]
Graham Greene’s political farce about a vacuum cleaner salesman turned bogus intelligence source-for-pay to the British Secret Services has always been a brilliant example of the hilarity that can ensue when obsessions and avarice meet. Spies Like Us Theatre has seized the opportunity of a balmy pre-revolutionary Cuban setting inhabited by the British ruling class in its full absurdity to go all out with their physical theatre japes. As such, much jaunty amusement does indeed ensue. Director … [Read more...]