This is a fun filled evening put on by a clever creative team who know their difficult opera and use its absurdities to deliver irresistible humour while simultaneously serving up to a beguiled audience the power and musicality of the operatic voice. The audience is invited to sample the delicacies of ‘Pattiserie Valkerie’ in the form of two hours of humour all mixed up in a ‘mash up’ with operatic highlights from Wagner’s sixteen hour Ring Cycle. The story … [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...
The Rose Theatre has put on a powerful version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet in their space among the archaelogical ruins of the first Tudor theatre built on Bankside, whose distant, watery remains are on occasions used to play with perspective in this production. The play has been cut here to just seven characters and a speedy playing time of ninety minutes. This edit proves effective in the domestic sized playing space mostly utilised, focusing the drama on the intimate interaction of a … [Read more...]
This is an examination of the consequences of loss, by means of a contemporary art piece performed by the talented and charismatic soprano soloist, Héloïse Werner. There is seating for an audience of seventy in the attractive, intimate space of the Tristan Bates Theate which was recently redeveloped and is now equipped with top of the range technical equipment. The set of Scenes From The End is minimalist. There is a surprisingly effective material backdrop of some lacy material, a frame … [Read more...]
This new play, written by Martin Mulgrew, is a jewel. A four hander, one hour in length it is put on in a large room, in costume but using an expanse of floor about ten feet deep as a stage (in the front row you could touch the cast), with no scenery just cast shadows with the air conditioning set to create a chilly atmosphere (bring your coat). This production is performed by the Tower Theatre Company at The Proud Archivist, a stunning architect designed building situated on the walkway … [Read more...]
This production brings Romeo and Juliet, the archetypal lovers from Verona, 1597, bang up to date in Camden, 2015, by the means of music, Converse trainers and a mostly youthful cast. Shakespeare’s words may have been written in an Elizabethan England when the previously time-honoured custom of arranged marriage was a hot, controversial topic but the central issue of this play, attempts by some families to control the desires and reproductive power of their young, remains a living and painful … [Read more...]